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Introduction. Instructor and student introductions. Module overview. Student Introductions. Your name. Your expectations, questions, and concerns about credit. Purpose. To Your Credit will: Show you how to read a credit report. Help you build and repair your credit history. Objectives.

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  • Instructor and student introductions.

  • Module overview.

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Student introductions
Student Introductions

  • Your name.

  • Your expectations, questions, and concerns about credit.

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To Your Credit will:

  • Show you how to read a credit report.

  • Help you build and repair your credit history.

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By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of a credit report and how it is used.

  • Order a copy of your credit report.

  • Read your credit report.

  • Identify ways to build and repair your credit history.

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Agenda and ground rules
Agenda and Ground Rules

  • 90 minutes long.

  • One 10-minute break.

  • Training methods.

  • Classroom participation.

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Credit report
Credit Report

A credit report is a record of how you have paid your debts. It tells lenders:

  • Who you are.

  • How much debt you have.

  • Whether you have made payments on time.

  • Whether there is negative information about you in public records.

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Credit reporting agencies
Credit Reporting Agencies

  • Equifax

  • Experian

  • TransUnion

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Information in a credit report
Information in a Credit Report

  • Identifying information

  • Credit history

  • Inquiries from creditors and other authorized parties

  • Public record information

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Personal bankruptcy
Personal Bankruptcy

  • Chapter 13

  • Chapter 7

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How your credit report is used
How Your Credit Report Is Used

Information in your credit report may determine whether you will:

  • Get a loan or other form of credit.

  • Get a job.

  • Rent an apartment.

  • Get insurance.

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Reasons a loan application may be denied
Reasons a Loan Application May Be Denied

  • No credit history

  • Past credit problems

  • Negative information in public records

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Credit score
Credit Score

The credit score is:

  • A number that predicts how much of a credit risk you will be.

  • Calculated based on information in your credit report.

    Check your credit score before applying for new credit.

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Fico score
FICO Score

  • Scores range from about 300 to 900.

  • Takes into account:

    • Past payment history – 35 percent

    • Outstanding debt – 30 percent

    • How long you've had credit – 15 percent

    • New applications for credit – 10 percent

    • Types of credit – 10 percent

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  • Was introduced in March 2006.

  • Three credit reporting agencies use the same scoring system.

  • Scores range from 501 – 990.

  • Grades A, B, C, D, F.

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Inquiries and your credit score
Inquiries and Your Credit Score

  • When you apply for credit, you authorize the lender to ask for a copy of your credit report — an inquiry.

  • Your credit score may drop if you apply for new credit.

  • Most credit scores are not affected by multiple inquiries from auto or mortgage lenders within a short period of time.

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Other reasons to get a free credit report
Other Reasons to Get a Free Credit Report

You are also entitled to a free credit report if:

  • A company takes adverse action against you AND you ask for your report within 60 days of receiving notice of the action.

  • You are unemployed and plan to look for a job within 60 days.

  • You are receiving public assistance.

  • Your report is inaccurate because of fraud, including identity theft.

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Check for errors
Check for Errors

  • Review your credit report regularly to make sure there are no errors in it.

  • If you think there is an error, write a letter to the credit reporting agency.

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Identity theft
Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when thieves steal your personal information and use it to:

  • Open a new credit card account.

  • Write checks in your name.

    The unpaid credit card bills or bad checks can damage your credit history.

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Debt management plan
Debt Management Plan

It is NOT credit counseling.

  • You deposit money each month with the credit counseling organization.

  • Your creditors may agree to lower your interest rates or waive certain fees.

  • You must make regular, timely payments.

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The truth about credit repair
The Truth About Credit Repair

  • No one can remove accurate information from your credit report.

  • It can take years to repair your credit.

  • No one can create a new identity for you.

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The truth about credit repair continued
The Truth About Credit Repair (Continued)

  • Legitimate companies provide a service BEFORE requesting payment.

  • You can order your credit report yourself.

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