With the impact of COVID-19, we’re certainly in uncharted territory. Many people are struggling with high unemployment, which is resulting in missed credit card, utility, and rent payments.
In response, Experian is joining forces with the other U.S. credit reporting agencies, to offer free weekly credit reports to all Americans for the next year via AnnualCreditReport.com. A credit report allows people to monitor their finances and better understand their overall financial health. We’re proud our industry is uniting to make this possible for all U.S. consumers starting today.
Credit reports are updated constantly, so the ability for an individual to look at their report weekly is helpful to monitor for lender updates and ensure there is no fraudulent or unfamiliar activity. During these difficult times, this is especially important.
In addition to the free weekly credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com, Experian also offers consumers free access to their credit report, FICO score, and ongoing credit monitoring at Experian.com. This is a no-charge product. We want to give consumers multiple options to access and manage their credit report.
At Experian, we’re committed to enabling fair and responsible lending through the power of our data. As the consumer’s bureau, our goal is to not only help consumers build credit but to get better access to credit. All of us are working diligently every day to keep our data as accurate, relevant, and secure as possible so that lenders can use the data to responsibly extend credit to people who need it most especially when the economy returns to strength.
What You Can Do Now
The most vital action someone can take if they are unable to pay a bill is to talk with their lender and inquire about assistance programs that may be available. If a consumer receives an accommodation it will have minimal impact on their credit score if their account is in good standing and if there hasn’t been previous delinquencies reported
We remain committed to informing, guiding, and protecting people during these unprecedented times. Beyond our offer for free credit reports, we’ve created a dedicated website, with links to multiple resources and materials to help the community learn about credit and other important personal finance topics. We encourage everyone to visit the Experian COVID-19 Resources & Credit Education.
Take care and stay healthy.