Once a member’s application is approved, a separate "Credit Builder” share account is created. EPFCU will deposit up to $2,500 from a Credit Builder loan into this account and freeze the principal for the term of the loan. That term can be from 12 to 24 months. The member will make payments on the loan by direct deposit or payroll deduction. At the same time, dividends will be paid on the funds in the Credit Builder savings account. The member will not have access to the funds until the loan is paid in full.
Once the member has successfully completed the program, funds are transferred into the member’s regular share account.
Credit scores are based on two components: installment loans and revolving credit cards. Payment history accounts for 35 percent of a borrower’s credit score. Participation in the program allows the member to make prompt payment through direct deposit or payroll deduction. EPFCU will report this history to the credit bureaus.
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