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Maintaining good credit is important—it lets you secure financing for major life milestones. Stay on top of your credit score with our help!

Credit is the amount of money you are able to borrow, usually to make purchases. A common way in which people are extended credit is via a loan. When you are loaned money, you are agreeing to accept money from the lender and to pay that money back according to specific terms and with interest. The principal is the usable amount of money from the lender. The interest is the additional amount of money you agree to pay back to the lender as a fee for the convenience of using their money, in other words, the cost of borrowing money.

The loan security agreement is a legal, binding document. If you adhere to the repayment terms of the loan, then that positive behavior has a positive influence on your overall credit rating. If you are late in making payments or you stop making payments then your credit rating will suffer and you may run other risks as a result. Properly used credit can be a very good thing. Improperly used credit can be a source of problems.

Good credit is a result of regular, on-time payments. Having a good credit history makes it easier to borrow money. However, having a poor credit history makes it more difficult to borrow money.

Criteria for Credit:

Expect lenders to review the four Cs to evaluate whether you qualify for a loan – capacity, capital, character, and collateral. 

  • Capacity refers to your ability to meet your payment obligations. Lenders assess whether you have a sufficient source of ongoing revenue to pay your current bills and other debts plus meet the additional financial obligations related to the loan you seek.
  • Capital refers to your savings and other assets that may be used as collateral for a loan.
  • Character refers to your demonstrated behavior, specifically how good your history is of having paid bills or debts on time. The lender's primary source of information in this regard is your credit report.
  • Collateral refers to an asset used to secure a loan such as cash, vehicles, homes, RVs, etc.

Credit may be helpful to you as an immediate source of money in an emergency and also allows you to pay for purchases over time rather than all at once.

Because of its inherent ability to extend payments for purchases over time, your credit enables you to make larger purchases that would otherwise be out of your reach if you were to rely exclusively on cash, i.e., purchases such as a car or a home.

Your credit may also be used by potential employers to judge your character, or by utility, cell phone and insurance companies, to determine your deposit or premium amounts.

You are entitled to a free annual credit report from any national consumer credit reporting agency by law. You are able to capture a glimpse of how creditors see you and protect your identity by keeping up with your credit report.

For Pelican State Credit Union Accounts:

For us to handle your dispute regarding your Pelican State Credit Union account(s), you must send* the following documents to the P.O. Box listed at the bottom:

  • A copy of the Pelican State Credit Union Credit Report Dispute Form
  • Credit Bureau Dispute Form
  • A detailed description of the item and why you feel it's inaccurate
  • The date of disputed information
  • The full Pelican State Credit Union account number in question
  • A copy of the credit report (from Equifax, TransUnion, or Experian) which reflects the disputed item
  • Any documentation you have, which supports your position

Please forward your dispute with the above documentation to:

Pelican State Credit Union
Attn: Operations Department
P.O. Box 40088
Baton Rouge, La 70835

To submit your data electronically, please send it to [email protected].

Pelican State Credit Union reports credit information as of the end of the month within five business days thereafter. We report to the following three reporting agencies, who may take up to three weeks to update their records from the monthly data: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.

Pelican State Credit Union is only able to update credit information we have sent to the three credit reporting agencies.

For any other accounts on your report:

To dispute other accounts on your report, you can contact the three major reporting agencies, EquifaxExperian, and Transunion, by going to each agency's website and filing a dispute online.