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1 Managing Your Credit 2014/2015 Office of Student Financial Assistance

2 Managing Your Credit Establishing and maintaining good credit can provide many benefits to your financial future. 2014/2015 2

3 To Do List:  Set up realistic budget and stick with it. Budget templet can be found at  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. 2014/2015 3

4 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. 2014/2015 4

5  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. 2014/2015 5

6 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. 2014/2015 6

7 Credit Reports and Credit Reporting Agencies  Visit to obtain a free credit  You may also contact the 3 major credit reporting agencies below directly:  1-800-685-1111  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. 2014/2015 7

8 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: or 2014/2015 8

9 Credit Score Table RangeRating 730-850Excellent 700 – 729Great 670 – 699Good 585 – 669Average 300 – 584Bad 2014/2015 9

10 Credit Report Verification  Personal  Credit Accounts  Public Records  Negative Information  Inquiries 2014/2015 10

11 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 2014/2015 11

12 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. 2014/2015 12

13 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. 2014/2015 13

14 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) 2014/2015 14

15 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. 2014/2015 15

16 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! 2014/2015 16

17 Navigating your Financial Future OSFA offers a variety of tools and resources to help you in your pursuit of higher education. 2014/2015 17

18 Contact us  E-mail:  Telephone: 1-888-827-2004  OSFA Outreach:  Representative Name  Representative Number  Representative E-mail 2014/2015 18

19 Questions? 2014/2015 19

20 Thank you for attending this presentation. 2014/2015 20

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