The Credit Project
You might not know it, but your purchases and other transactions using a debit card are not reported to the three major U.S. credit bureaus, TransUnion®, Experian® and Equifax®, so they’re not included in your credit report. That means your credit report can’t reflect responsible debit card spending behavior. And things that aren’t in your credit report don’t show up in your FICO® score. In fact, if you never use a credit card and don’t have any other loans, you might not have a credit file at all—and as far as most banks and other lenders are concerned, without a credit report or FICO score, you don’t exist. You might not be able to get a mortgage or car loan at all, and if you do, you’re probably going to pay a higher interest rate. I don’t think that’s right. So we are working with TransUnion to try to change that.
When you agree to be a part of The Credit Project, we will anonymously share Approved Card transaction information with TransUnion so that they may help us understand whether including this data in your credit report would impact your access to credit products. This data will not appear on your TransUnion credit report at this time. You should also be aware that the transaction data to be shared is not identified to you or other cardholders, and that this process will take 18 to 24 months.
I’m proud to say that The Approved Card is the first prepaid card in history to share information with TransUnion, a major credit bureau. It is my hope that this data sharing will show that responsible use of The Approved Card can help predict those who deserve credit for managing their money well and spending responsibly.
Information about The Credit Project