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Credit Sense is available to you through online and mobile banking. Credit Sense is a free service offered to help you understand your current credit score, give access to your full credit report, provide credit monitoring alerts, show you how you can improve it and see ways you can save money on new and existing loans with us.
Credit Score also monitors your credit report daily and informs you 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.
Q: Why do credit scores differ?
A: 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 taken into account when calculating a score and each model may weigh credit factors differently, so no scoring model is completely identical. No matter what credit bureau or credit scoring model is used, consumers do fall into specific credit ranges: Excellent 781–850, Good 661-780, Fair 601-660,
Unfavorable 501-600, Bad Below 500.
Q: Will Van Cortlandt Cooperative Federal Credit Union (VCCFCU) use Credit Sense to make loan decisions?
A: No, VCCFCU uses its own lending criteria for making loan decisions.
Q: Will Credit Sense share my credit score with VCCFCU?
A: No, Credit Sense 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 with VCCFCU.
Q: How does Credit Sense keep my financial information secure?
A: Credit Sense 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.
Q: If the Credit Union doesn’t use Credit Sense to make loan decisions, why do we offer it?
A: Credit Sense 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 VCCFCU.
Q: What if the information provided by Credit Sense appears to be wrong or inaccurate?
A: Credit Sense 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 Credit Sense Credit Report. However, The Federal Trade Commission website offers step-by-step instructions on how to contact the bureaus and correct errors.
Q: There is a section on the site that features both VCCFCU product offers and financial education articles. Why am I seeing this?
A: Based on your Credit Sense information, you may receive VCCFCU offers 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. The educational articles, written by Jean Chatzky and the Credit Sense team, are designed to provide helpful tips on how you can manage credit and debt wisely.
Q: Will accessing Credit Sense ‘ping’ my credit and potentially lower my credit score?
A: No. Checking Credit Sense is a “soft inquiry,” which does not affect your credit score. Lenders use ‘hard inquiries’ to make decisions about your creditworthiness when you apply for loans.
Q: Does Credit Sense offer credit report monitoring as well?
A. Yes. Credit Sense will monitor and send email alerts when there’s been a change to your credit profile.
Q: Can Members use Credit Sense on mobile devices?
A: Yes, Credit Sense is available for both mobile and tablet devices and is integrated inside our mobile application.