Learn About Your FICO Score2018-08-30T18:03:08+00:00

LEARN ABOUT YOUR
FICO® SCORE

Overview

The FICO® Score helps lenders make accurate, reliable and fast credit risk decisions across the customer lifecycle.The credit risk score rank-orders consumers by how likely they are to pay their credit obligations as agreed. The most widely used broad-based risk score; the FICO® Score plays a critical role in billions of decisions each year.

Tri-Town Teachers FCU will be making members FICO® Scores available to our members through our Flexteller—powered by Mobicint online system as well as our Smartphone APPs.  We will be updating scores quarterly, so it is important to check your score regularly and monitor your credit report to make sure that it is accurate. Anyone can get a free copy of their credit report annually by going to this website: www.annualcreditreport.com .  This is mandated by the US Government to provide credit reports for the three credit bureaus, Experian, Trans-Union and Equifax for anyone requesting their report. You will be able to see what creditors are reporting about you and dispute any items that you deem inaccurate.

FAQs

FICO® Scores are the most widely used credit scores.

Each FICO® Score is a three-digit number calculated from the data on your credit reports at the three major consumer reporting agencies—Experian, TransUnion and Equifax.

Your FICO® Scores predict how likely you are to pay back a credit obligation as agreed.

Lenders use FICO® Scores to help them quickly, consistently and objectively evaluate potential borrowers’ credit risk.

Nearly all lenders in the U.S., including TTTFCU, use FICO® Scores, as the industry standard for determining credit worthiness.

Reviewing your FICO® Scores can help you learn how lenders view your credit risk and allow you to better understand your financial health.

FICO® Scores are calculated from the credit data in your credit report.

This data is grouped into five categories; the chart below shows the relative importance of each category.

  1. 35% – Payment history:
    Whether you’ve paid past credit accounts on time
  2. 30% – Amounts owed:
    The amount of credit and loans you are using
  3. 15% – Length of credit history:
    How long you’ve had credit
  4. 10% – New credit:
    Frequency of credit inquires and new account openings
  5. 10% – Credit mix:
    The mix of your credit, retail accounts, installment loans, finance company accounts and mortgage loans

Score factors are delivered with a consumer’s FICO® Score, these are the top areas that affected that consumer’s FICO® Scores.

The order in which the score factors are listed is important.

The first factor indicates the area that most affected the score and the second factor is the next most significant influence.

Addressing these factors can benefit the score.

There are many different credit scores available to consumers and lenders.

FICO® Scores are the credit scores used by most lenders, and different lenders may use different versions of FICO® Scores.

In addition, FICO® Scores are based on credit file data from a consumer reporting agency, so differences in your credit files may create differences in your FICO® Scores.

There are many reasons why a score may change.  FICO® Scores are calculated each time they are requested, taking into consideration the information that is in your credit file from a consumer reporting agency at that time.

So, as the information in your credit file at that CRA changes, FICO® Scores can also change.

Review your key score factors, which explain what factors from your credit report most affected a score.

Comparing key score factors from the two different time periods can help identify causes for a change in a FICO® Score.

Keep in mind that certain events such as late payments or bankruptcy can lower FICO® Scores quickly.

No.  The FICO® Score we provide to you will not impact your credit.

You may get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major consumer reporting agencies annually.

To request a copy of your credit report, please visit: https://www.annualcreditreport.com.

Please note that your free credit report will not include your FICO® Score.

Because your FICO® Score is based on the information in your credit report, it is important to make sure that the credit report information is accurate.

Program participants will receive their updated on a quarterly basis, when available.

  • You are a new account holder and your FICO® Score is not yet available
  • Your credit history is too new
  • You are not the primary account

For Our Complete List of Frequently Asked Questions About FICO Scores Click the Button Below

DOWNLOAD PDF

FICO® Score Educational Videos

Understanding Your Credit Report

What is a FICO<sup>®</sup> Score

What Goes Into FICO<sup>®</sup> Scores FICO Scores

Managing Your FICO<sup>®</sup> Scores

How Lenders Use FICO<sup>®</sup> Scores

FICO<sup>®</sup> Which Credit Scores Matter

**Spanish language closed captioning provided for all educational videos. 

FICO is a registered trademark of Fair Isaac Corporation in the United States and other countries.
TTTFCU and Fair Isaac are not credit repair organizations as defined under federal or state law, including the Credit Repair Organizations Act. TTTFCU and Fair Isaac do not provide “credit repair” services or advice or assistance regarding “rebuilding” or “improving” your credit record, credit history or credit rating.