Late Payment Recovery Guide

A close-up of a late payment notification on a credit card statement

Ever wondered why a good credit score is a big deal? It's like your report card for money! It shows lenders how responsible you are with debt. If you make payments on-time, you typically get a better score, which helps you get loans and credit cards with lower interest rates. But just like missing homework hurts a report card, a single late payment could ding your credit score and make it harder to get good deals.

Ouch! What Happens When You Miss a Payment?
Think of your credit score like a balloon. A late payment could poke a hole, making it deflate. Generally speaking, the bigger the hole (the longer you're late), the faster the air (your credit score) escapes. The good news is, the hole can be patched up! But it takes time.

How to Help Your Credit Score After a Slip-Up:

  • Pay Up ASAP: The sooner you patch the hole, the less air escapes.
  • Talk It Out: Tell your creditor you messed up and promise to pay on-time from now on.
  • Keep an Eye Out: Check your credit report regularly to make sure things are fixed.
  • Be On-Time Every Time: This helps your balloon stay inflated and your credit score healthy!


Preventing Credit Score Ouchies:

  • Set Reminders: Alarms are your friends! They help you avoid late payments.
  • Budgeting is Key: Know where your money goes so you can make sure there's enough for your bills.
  • Pay Your Debts First: Prioritizing debt is like putting a Band-Aid on a small leak before it becomes a big problem.
  • Talk It Out, Part 2: Let your creditors know if you're struggling to make payments. They might be able to help.
  • Get Extra Help: If you need guidance with money, ask a credit counselor or financial advisor. They're like doctors for your finances!


Remember, a single late payment doesn't have to define your financial future. By taking action and learning from your mistake, you can build a strong credit score and achieve your financial goals.

Also, did you know - You could get a $25 Account Credit** and help prevent late payments when you enroll in Autopay on your existing loan with Personify!



**To qualify for the $25 Account Credit, you must successfully complete three consecutive autopayments, and have not received an Account Credit for autopay enrollment within the last 6 months. The Account Credit will be applied to your unpaid loan balance.

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