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Managing Your Credit. Managing Your Credit. Establishing and maintaining good credit can provide many benefits to your financial future. To Do List:. Set up realistic budget and stick with it. Budget templet can be found at www.NavingatingYourFuture.org

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Managing your credit

Managing Your Credit

Office of Student Financial Assistance


Managing your credit1

Managing Your Credit

Establishing and maintaining good

credit can provide many benefits to your financial future.


To do list

To Do List:

  • Set up realistic budget and stick with it.

    Budget templet can be found at

    www.NavingatingYourFuture.org

  • Open a checking and a saving account if you have not already. Transfer money from check to savings on regular basis.

  • Evaluate your current credit situation.


Establishing good credit

Establishing Good Credit

  • Know what type of accounts show on your credit report.

  • Review your credit report annually.

  • Verify the information on your credit report is accurate.

  • Pay the minimum payment (or more) ON TIME each month.

  • Avoid going over your credit limit.

  • Cancel any credit cards you are not using.


Managing your credit

  • Charge only what you can afford to repay.

  • Try to make a payment larger than the minimum payment in order to pay off the card faster.

  • Keep your card in a safe place. Shred your receipts once your monthly statement has been verified.

  • Keep your address current with your credit card company so your bill get delivered promptly.

  • Sign up for E-Statements, if available.


Your credit reputation

Your Credit Reputation

  • Character – How well you pay back borrowed money.

  • Capacity – is defined as the financial ability to assume a certain amount of debt.

  • Capital – consists of the financial assets at your disposal to pay off debt if your character and capacity to not prove sufficient to pay off debt. This may be your car, home, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.


Credit reports and credit reporting agencies

Credit Reports and Credit Reporting Agencies

  • Visit www.AnnualCreditReport.comto obtain a free credit report.

  • You may also contact the 3 major credit reporting agencies below directly:

    • www.Equifax.com1-800-685-1111

    • www.Experian.com1-888-397-3742

    • www.Transunion.com1-800-888-4213

      Consumers are encouraged to review all 3 reports, as information may vary from one report to another.


Your credit score

Your Credit Score

Lenders track your credit score and use it to determine if they should:

  • Offer new credit

  • Increase or decrease your interest rate

  • Increase or decrease your credit limit

    A good credit score is vital part of your financial reputation. Request your credit score for small fee at: www.AnnualCreditReport.comor www.MyFico.com


Credit score table

Credit Score Table


Credit report verification

Credit Report Verification

  • Personal

  • Credit Accounts

  • Public Records

  • Negative Information

  • Inquiries


Correcting errors on your credit report

Correcting Errors on your Credit Report

  • You have the right to file a “consumer dispute” with the credit reporting agency. They are obligated to verify the accuracy of their reports when notified of disputes.

  • When you pull your report online, consumer disputes can be filed electronically.

  • For more information on how to dispute credit report errors, visit

    www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre21.shtm


Protecting your identity

Protecting your Identity

  • Leave important documents at home!

  • Keep documents in a safe place.

  • Protect your Social Security Number.

  • Protect your Driver’s License.

  • Protect PINs and computer passwords.


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Protecting your Identity

  • Pick up checks from the bank – not from your mailbox.

  • Use a safe deposit box if necessary to receive important information.

  • Check your credit report annually.

  • Report suspected fraudulent activity or stolen card to appropriate office.


If your identity is stolen immediately contact

If your Identity is Stolen –Immediately Contact

  • Creditors and Financial Institutions

  • Law Enforcement

  • Federal Trade Commission

  • DMV (for driver’s license)

  • SSA (for social security card)


If your identity is stolen

If your Identity is Stolen

  • Record Keeping – It is important to maintain written chronological record of dates, times, and names of telephone contacts. After telephone contact has been made, it is crucial to follow up in writing and keep records of all written correspondence.


Tips to remember

Tips to Remember

  • Maintain good credit to help you in your financial future.

  • Know the difference between good and bad credit in terms of credit scores and credit reporting data.

  • There are negative consequences to defaulting on any credit account and how this will impact your overall credit rating.

  • Protect all of your confidential and private information. Credit is like an individual’s reputation – it is a precious commodity!


Navigating your financial future

Navigating your Financial Future

OSFA offers a variety of tools and resources to help you in your pursuit of higher education.

www.NavigatingYourFuture.org


Contact us

Contact us

  • E-mail: [email protected]

  • Telephone: 1-888-827-2004

  • OSFA Outreach:

    • Representative Name

    • Representative Number

    • Representative E-mail


Questions

Questions?


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