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Credit Score FAQ


Credit Score is a comprehensive program, powered by SavvyMoney, offered by Neighborhood Credit Union, that helps you stay on top of your credit.* You get your latest credit score and report, an understanding of key factors that impact the score, and can see the most up to date offers that can help reduce your interest costs or lower your monthly payments. With this program, you always know where you stand with your credit and how Neighborhood Credit Union can help save you money.  

Credit Score also monitors your credit report daily and informs you through digital banking and by email if there are any big changes detected such as: a new account being opened, change in address or employment, a delinquency has been reported or an inquiry has been made. Monitoring helps users keep an eye out for identity theft.  

Credit Report provides you all the information you would find on your credit file including a list of current or previous loans, accounts and credit inquiries.  You will also be able to see details on your payment history, credit utilization and public records that show up on your account. Like Credit Score, when you check your credit report, there will be no impact to your score. 
The Score Simulator is an interactive tool that allows you to select various actions you may take and see how your score could be affected. Different actions, like paying off a credit card balance might make your score move up or down. Just like checking your credit score through SavvyMoney, using the simulator does not affect your actual credit score. 
No. Credit Score is entirely free, and no credit card information is required to register.
As long as you regularly access digital banking, your credit score will be updated every 7-days and displayed within your online banking screen. You also have the ability to refresh your credit score and full credit report every 24-hours by clicking “Refresh Score” by navigating to the detailed Credit Score Dashboard from within digital banking. 
Credit Score pulls your credit profile from TransUnion, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, and uses VantageScore 3.0, a credit scoring model developed collaboratively by the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This model seeks to make score information more uniform between the three bureaus to provide consumers a better picture of their credit health.
There are three major credit-reporting bureaus—Equifax, Experian and Transunion—and two scoring models—FICO or VantageScore—that determine credit scores. Financial institutions use different bureaus, as well as their own scoring models. Over 200 factors of a credit report may be considered when calculating a score and each model may weigh credit factors differently, so no scoring model is completely identical but should directionally be similar. 
No, Neighborhood Credit Union uses its own lending criteria when making final loan decisions. However, Credit Score can show you estimated savings opportunities on new and existing loans. Final rate, term, monthly payment, and other factors will be determined at the time of application. 
No, Neighborhood Credit Union does not have access to your credit file unless you choose to share with them. However, if you would like to share your credit report with Neighborhood Credit Union or any trusted party, you can easily download your SavvyMoney credit report but navigating to the “Credit Report” tab and clicking “Download Report”. 
Credit Score uses bank level encryption and security measures to keep your data safe and secure. Your personal information is never shared with or sold to a third party. 
Credit Score can help you manage your credit so when it comes time to borrow for a big-ticket purchase—like buying a home, car or paying for college—you have a clear picture of your credit health and can qualify for the lowest possible interest rate. You’ll also see offers on how you can save money on your new and existing loans with Neighborhood Credit Union.
The Credit Score makes its best effort to show you the most relevant information from your credit report. If you think that some of the information is wrong or inaccurate, we encourage you to take advantage of obtaining free credit reports from www.annualcreditreport.com, and then pursuing with each bureau individually. Each bureau has its own process for correcting inaccurate information but every user can “File a Dispute” by clicking on the “Dispute” link within their SavvyMoney Credit Report. However, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website offers step-by-step instructions on how to contact the bureaus and correct errors.
Based on your Credit Score information, you may receive Neighborhood Credit Union pre-qualified offers (invitation to apply) on products that may be of interest to you. In most cases, these offers may have lower interest rates than the products you already have or can save you money on your monthly payments. The educational articles, written by Jean Chatzky and the SavvyMoney team, are designed to provide helpful tips on how you can manage credit and debt wisely.
No. Checking Credit Score is always a “soft inquiry”, which does not affect your credit score Typically, lenders use hard inquiries’ to make decisions about your credit worthiness when you apply for loans.  
Yes. After you have enrolled in Credit Score for the first time, Credit Score will monitor and send email alerts when there’s been a change to your credit profile. When applicable, you can also find these monitoring alerts within your online or mobile banking account.  
If you access Credit Score through your online banking, you are all set and no further action is required from you! Your email address will get updated automatically when you update it within online or mobile banking. We always encourage you to inform Neighborhood Credit Union of any contact information updates.
 
If you signed up with Credit Score from our website, please log into the website and navigate to the “Profile Settings” section under “Resources” within the tool.  
Yes, you can easily choose when Credit Score contacts you. Navigate to the “Resources” tab and then under “Profile Settings” you can choose which email notifications you receive. Credit Score sends out three types of emails: Credit Monitoring Alerts, General Messages and Monthly Notices. You will be automatically enrolled in all email communications and can easily unselect the specific email types you wish to not receive. 
Yes, Credit Score and all other features are available on mobile and tablet devices and is integrated within our mobile banking app.
*Enrollment in Credit Score is optional. Credit information retrieved is considered a "soft pull" and does not affect your credit score. The credit score provided is intended to help you understand the factors that affect your credit score, and ways you may be able to save money. Data is not used for loan approval purposes or for determining loan rates with Neighborhood CU. Rates and approvals for loans are based on application and approval provided at the time of a loan application. The credit score found in the credit report may be different than the score displayed in Credit Score. Offers presented within Credit Score are not offers to lend nor are they guarantees of a rate you will receive. Terms, conditions, and offers are subject to change at anytime. Credit Score is powered by SaavyMoney (Privacy Policy) and reflects the VantageScore 3.0 from TransUnion.