What does CEFCU mean on my credit report?

Is CEFCU making an impact on your credit score?

Updated January 1, 2023

What is CEFCU?

CEFCU is shorthand for Citizens Equity First Credit Union, with the company name being Citizens Equity First Credit Union Inc

CEFCU is a Credit Union provider. They could be on your report for a number of reasons, for example:

  • ⚫ You missed a repayment.

  • ⚫ You opened an account with Citizens Equity First Credit Union.

  • ⚫ You opened a credit card / loan / mortgage with this company.

  • ⚫ Someone fraudulently opened a credit line under your name.

About the account

The account is classified under the following METRO2 categories:

  • ⚫ Auto Loan
  • ⚫ Auto
  • ⚫ Unsecured
  • ⚫ Collection Agency/Attorney
  • ⚫ Secured

How do I contact them?

Here is the current contact details for Citizens Equity First Credit Union:

Address:

  • P.O. Box 1805, Peoria, IL 616561805

Website:

Email:

Phone:

Payments

There are many ways to make a payment, including online, over the phone, and using a mobile app. You can also use a prepaid debit card, wire transfer, or check/money order. If you choose to do an automatic payment, you may be eligible for a discount. Late or missed payments may result in penalties.

Question Answer
Do they offer a monthly payment plan? No
Can I make payments over the phone? No
Can I make payments online? Yes
Do they offer a discount for automatic payments? No
Can I make a payment using a mobile app? Yes
Can I make a payment using a prepaid debit card? No
Can I make a payment using a wire transfer? No

Forgiveness and Cancellation

There are three main types of student loan forgiveness: partial, full, and discharge. You may be able to have a portion of your loans forgiven if you teach in a low-income school, are a public servant, or have certain disabilities. Full forgiveness may be available if you work in certain public service jobs or are a Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteer. You may also be able to have your loans discharged if your school closed while you were enrolled, you were defrauded by your school, or your loan is in default and you cannot repay it.

Question Answer
Do they offer loan forgiveness? No
Do they offer loan consolidation? No

How to Apply

you can apply for a loan online, over the phone, or in person. You can also apply for a loan using a mobile app. If you have a cosigner, they can help you get approved for the loan.

Question Answer
Can I apply for a loan online? Yes
Can I apply for a loan over a phone call? No
Can I apply for a loan in person? No
Can I apply for a loan using a mobile app? No
Can I apply for a loan with a cosigner? No

IdentityIQ Report Example

  • This is an example of what this creditor will look like on your IdentityIQ report.

CEFCU IdentityIQ Report

Will this affect my credit score?

Whether this account affects your credit score depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Account Open Date: If you opened this account recently it will impact your credit, the only way to prevent this from impacting your credit score is to remove the account from your report.
  • Derogatory Markings: If this account has any derogatory markings such as: Lates, Charge Offs, Collections and others.

However, there are could be some potential positive aspects to this account which could lead to improving your credit score, such as:

  • Account Age: If your account is quite old, then the age of it will positively impact your credit score
  • Repayment History: If the account has no Late Payments, Charge off Payments, then it may reflect a positive impact onto your credit score.

Can it be removed from my credit report?

Yes, with the right strategy, you will be able to remove any account from your report. But you have to be careful to ensure that the account is negative to begin with, or it will negatively impact your credit score.

However, removing a negative account will positively impact your credit score, allowing you to open new credit lines and potentially removing bad debt.

What is a Credit Union

A credit union is similar to a bank, however it is owned collectively by the members and does not operate on a for-profit basis. Many credit unions are able to provision credit and issue credit cards, which may report on your credit report. Due to the none-profit nature of credit unions they are generally more trusted by the public, as they are less likely to act in a malicious fashion. However, credit unions can still make mistakes with reporting on your credit report therefore being aware of what is being reported, and take action against any unfair reporting.

How do I remove CEFCU from my credit report?

You can send a dispute letter to the credit bureaus to remove this account from your report. You must send a dispute letter to all three credit bureaus, as they are legally required to remove the account from your report if it is found to be inaccurate. For best results you should send a dispute letter to the credit bureaus via certified mail, this will ensure that you have a legal record of the communication.