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Your Credit Report Can Help You Map Your Financial Future

Meridian Trust members can access their credit score for free through Credit Savvy in online banking and the mobile app. With Credit Savvy, you can understand your credit score, access your full credit report, receive monitoring alerts, improve your score, discover potential savings, and more.

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In the mobile app,
view your credit report by clicking “More” on the lower right of the screen, then click “Financial Planning” from the drop down menu and select “Credit Savvy”.

In online banking,
view your credit report by selecting “Show Full Report” on the right side of the dashboard under “Credit Savvy”.

Credit Savvy

Frequently Asked Questions

When you make a payment on a credit card or loan, whoever gave you the loan or credit keeps a record of how much and often you pay. These companies report your credit, loan, and payment history to one or more of the credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. These companies combine the information from your different credit, loan and payment reports into a single credit report.

In addition to access through banking with Meridian Trust, federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company, and review, correct, and update all of your information.

Your credit report can impact your mortgage rates, insurance rates, credit card approvals, apartment applications, other loan requests, and even your job application.

Your credit report and your credit score are not the same thing. Credit reporting companies calculate your credit score by plugging the information in your credit report into their exclusive credit score formula.

Your credit score allows companies to estimate how likely you are to pay back loans or services they may give you. The higher the score, the more likely. However, the credit scores you get from different companies may not be the same, for a number of reasons:

  • Companies use different formulas to calculate credit scores, and these differences can lead to different results.
  • Companies may produce scores that give results on different scales.
  • Creditors or lender reports don’t always report to every credit reporting company.

Federal law permits you a free annual copy of your credit report from each nationwide credit reporting company, but the same isn’t true for your credit score.

An annual credit report review keeps you on top of your financial status and even helps prevent identity theft. The formulas that calculate credit score are based on many factors, like how much money you owe, how long you’ve owed it, how many new accounts you have, how often you miss or are late with payments, and what type of credit accounts you have.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) say that you should be wary of any company, usually called credit clinics, which claims they can repair your credit. Everything they do can be done yourself, for free!

We help you access your free credit report, so you can avoid dealing with potentially predatory credit clinics, and take control of your credit.

The good news is that there are concrete actions you can take to improve your credit score. The caveat is that it’s going to take some time. Here are the top 5 things you can start doing today:

  1. Get a credit card and use it responsibly. Someone who doesn’t have any credit cards at all tends to be a higher risk than someone who has managed credit cards responsibly.
  2. Make payments on time. Missing a payment—even by only a few days—has an extremely negative impact on your credit score.
  3. Reduce your debt. Work to keep your balance low on your credit card(s) and consistently pay off your other debts.
  4. Keep your credit utilization ratio low. That means you should use the smallest amount of your available credit each month.
  5. Avoid applying for multiple lines of credit at the same time. If you have a lot of recent applications for credit, you’re going to lower your score.

No. Credit Savvy is entirely free to our members and no credit card information is required to register.

To obtain a free credit report outside of online banking, click here.

No. Checking your Credit Savvy credit score is a “soft inquiry”, which does not affect your credit. Lenders use ‘hard inquiries’ to make decisions about your credit worthiness when you apply for loans.

No, Credit Savvy is a free service to help you understand your credit health, how you make improvements in your score and ways you can save money on your loans. This information is for your benefit and is not shared with Meridian Trust.

There are three major credit-reporting bureaus 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 taken into account when calculating a score and each model may weigh credit factors differently, so no scoring model is completely identical.

Credit Savvy uses a credit scoring model developed collaboratively by the three major credit bureaus. This model seeks to make score information more uniform between the three bureaus to provide consumers a better picture of your overall credit health.

As long as you are a regular online banking user, your credit score will be updated every month and displayed in your online banking screen. You can click “refresh score” as often as daily by navigating to the detailed Credit Savvy site from within online banking.

Did You Know?

You’re entitled to a free credit report!

Federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company, and review, correct, and update all of your information.

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