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Your credit score is important. It can affect more than just your loan interest rates. That's why we want to give you access to your score whenever you want – all for free.


Why is my credit score so important?

Everyone knows that your credit score can impact loan decisions, but did you know it can also alter your insurance rates? And that’s not all. Your credit score can also affect:

  • Your chances of renting an apartment
  • Whether you can get a cell phone contract
  • Whether you need a deposit for your utility company

What makes up my score?FICO Score chart

More than anything, people seem to confuse what affects their score and what doesn’t. Here's what does impact your score.

Payment history: 35%
You can’t talk about credit scores without talking about payments. And it’s true – your payment history makes up more than a third of your score. Did you know that a single missed payment can stay on your report for two years? That’s why it’s vitally important that you make your payments on time.

Amounts owed: 30%
Credit cards don’t have to be a bad thing – as long as they’re used responsibly. In fact, how well you manage your credit limits has a significant impact on your score. In order to reap the benefits of your credit cards, try to keep your utilization low – around 20 or 30%. That means if you have a $10,000 credit card, you only want to keep $2-3,000 on it at any given time. The more available credit you have, the better.

Length of credit history: 15%
Good things come to those who wait. The longer you’ve been a borrower – and made your payments on time – the higher your score will be.

New credit: 10%
Constantly applying for new accounts in an attempt to boost your score can negatively impact your credit. In fact, the more hard inquiries and new accounts you have can actually harm your score. That’s because new accounts will lower your average account age, and multiple inquiries in a short period of time is a signal to lenders that you could be in financial trouble.

Credit mix: 10%
Credit cards are nice, but you need some installment loans to balance out your revolving credit lines, too. That means things like personal loans, auto loans, or mortgages. A healthy mix of credit signals financial responsibility to lenders.


What are the credit score ranges?

Depending on the credit agency, scores typically range in value from 300-850.

FICO Score range - 579 or less is an indication of a risky borrower, 580-669 some lenders will approve borrowers with these scores, 670-739 is the average score range in the U.S. and is considered good, 740-799 is an indication of a very dependable borrower, and 800+ is an indication of an exceptional borrower


How can I access my score?

Accessing your score is easy. Simply select it from the "Services" tab of online or mobile banking. Please note that first-time users will need to accept the terms and conditions.


Will checking my credit score hurt my credit?

No, all credit pulls through digital banking are considered "soft pulls", meaning they will have no impact on your credit score.


I'm worried about my credit, what can I do?

If you feel that you’ve fallen behind, help is available. Stop by your local office or call us at 800.242.2120. One of our representatives will try to help you work through your issues, or connect you with a credit counseling service.

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