Category: Understanding Credit

The Big Risks of Cosigning for Student Loans

A person might have a child, family member, or even a close family friend who is about to start college. They turned in their applications, they got accepted into their school of choice, and they got their financial aid award letter. BUT because their dream school’s financial aid award doesn’t completely cover the cost of […]

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Marrying Someone with Bad Credit

It can be very challenging to build a strong financial future together, even for the most compatible of couples. It’s even more difficult for newlywed couples with very different credit scores to blend their finances and sometimes, it’s even unwise to do so. If your credit is good and your other half’s credit is not, […]

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The Difference between Hard and Soft Credit Inquiries

Consumers should be very concerned about their FICO scores because they have an influence on loan qualifications to purchase a home, automobile, insurance policy, phone service, and utility services. High and low FICO scores determine the interest rates applied to a loan once it is approved. What consumers may not know is that every time […]

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Fair Credit Reporting Improvement Act of 2014

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that regulates the collection, distribution, and use of consumer credit information. Along with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), FCRA forms the base of consumer credit rights in the United States. It was originally passed in 1970, and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. This seemingly outdated Act may receive […]

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Saving for College: Graduating with the Least Amount of Debt

By June most recent high school graduates know what college they are going to, but many of them may still not know how they are going to pay for it. We’ve heard the stats that the average debt students have upon graduation has skyrocketed to $35,200, according to a recent Fidelity survey, and that the […]

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How to Compare Financial Aid and College Costs

Hooray! Spring has finally arrived, and students all across the country are receiving college acceptance letters in the mail. It’s an exciting opportunity, but it comes with a lot of life changing decisions to make, like how to pay for it. Cracking the code on financial aid is a big (and often stressful) part of […]

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How to Understand Your Credit Score and Obtain Your Credit Report

A credit score is an important part of your credit history and overall is essential for many purchases, loans and other important financial decisions or transactions. It can help determine a lot of things, such as interest rates that you’ll receive. That’s why it is important to fully understand and know what credit score you […]

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Tomorrow is International Credit Union (ICU) Day

The credit union idea arose centuries ago as people worked under a common effort without thought of profit – they put out fires, harvested crops, and avoided high-priced loans by lending to one another. In the 1850’s, hard times hit Germany, and people turned to each other for help. They removed small savings from under […]

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Don’t Miss Out On Free Consumer Credit Reports

Individuals who think they are too busy to inquire about getting free consumer credit reports or that looking at their credit report at least once a year isn’t important, are missing out on something very essential to their financial health. It only takes a few minutes to request a free copy of an individual’s credit […]

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Why Does My Credit Score Matter?

If you have recently applied for a loan or credit card and you were denied, you might be asking yourself, Why does my credit score even matter? Your credit score is a number that is often used by lenders, creditors, banks, and many others to help evaluate and rate how much of a risk you […]

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