Let’s Talk Money: Credit

What is Credit? 

Credit refers to someone’s ability to borrow money, or access goods or services with the understanding that payment will be due later. Some types of credit may improve an individual’s financial situation over the long term, if used responsibly. 

Learn how to build and use credit responsibly and safely for the long term. 

Credit Score

A credit score is a three-digit number assigned to an individual based on information from their credit report; scores from 660 to 900 are considered very good to excellent. Credit scores can change over time as an individual’s credit report is updated, and take into account factors such as payment history, types of credit cards, and recent credit inquiries. 

Credit Report

A credit report is a summary of an individual’s credit history and current credit situation. It also includes information such as the person’s credit accounts, payment history, and unpaid balances. It is created when an individual borrows money or applies for credit for the first time.