Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Do I have to pay to check my credit score?

No, you do not have to pay to check your credit score. You can access your credit score for free through various credit monitoring services and financial institutions that offer free credit score access to their customers. You are also entitled to one free credit report per year from, which includes your credit score. Review your credit score regularly to ensure the accuracy of your credit report and to monitor for any potential fraud or identity theft.

What is the difference between a credit score and a credit report?

A credit report is a summary of your credit accounts and activity. In contrast, a credit score is a three-digit number ranging between 300 and 850 that indicates your creditworthiness based on the information in your credit report. Your credit score is calculated using payment history, credit utilization, length of credit history, types of credit accounts, and recent credit inquiries. The higher your credit score, the lower risk you pose to lenders.

Why is my credit score important?

Your credit score is a critical component of your financial health, impacting your ability to access credit products and services. A good credit score can make obtaining credit cards, personal loans for good credit, mortgages, and other financial products at more favorable interest rates and terms easier. A poor credit score can limit your options and make it more challenging to achieve financial goals, such as buying a car or a home. 

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 Ann Schreiber

Written by: Ann Schreiber

Seasoned Copywriter & Content Marketer

Ann has been a marketer and a content writer for over 20 years. She worked for financial institutions such as FICO, Experian, and BlueChip Financial as a director of content and brand marketing.

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