A New Way To Build Credit
Apply for Credit Builder once you sign up for a Chime Spending Account andreceive a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more.2
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No credit check to apply
Everyone deserves a fair shot at good credit, so we don’t check your score when you apply.
Make every purchase count
Whether it’s gas or groceries, now everyday purchases can help build credit with regular on-time payments.4
Build your credit safely
With Safer Credit Building on, your balance is paid on time, every month. We’ll keep the major credit bureaus updated.³
How it works
Here’s everything you need to know about our Credit Builder
What do I need to apply for a Credit Builder?
All you need is a Chime Spending Account and qualifying direct deposits of $200 or more within the past 365 days.
Don’t have a Chime Spending Account? Apply for one in under two minutes!
Will it require a hard credit check to apply?
No way! We think everyone deserves a chance to build credit, so we don’t check your credit score when you apply.
Do I need to have a Chime Spending Account to use Credit Builder?
Yes. We designed Credit Builder to work with the Chime Spending Account so that you can move money instantly—across your Chime accounts!
Does Chime charge any fees for using Credit Builder?
Nope! We do not charge fees; no annual fees, maintenance fees, international fees, and no interest.
How can Credit Builder help my credit score?
Credit Builder offers features that help you stay on top of key factors that impact your credit score. Consistent use of Credit Builder can help you build on-time payment history4, increase the length of your credit history over time, and more. We report to the major credit bureaus – TransUnion®, Experian®, and Equifax®.
Learn more about credit building with Credit Builder.
What makes Credit Builder different from traditional credit cards?
Unlike traditional credit cards, Credit Builder helps you build credit with no annual fees and no interest. There’s also no credit check to apply!
Credit Builder is a secured credit card. The money you move into Credit Builder’s secured account is the amount you can spend on the card. Unlike other secured credit cards, that money can be used to pay off your monthly balances. Since Credit Builder doesn’t have a pre-set limit, spending up to the amount you added won’t contribute to a high-utilization record on your credit history.
Learn more about how Credit Builder works.
Is Credit Builder a secured credit card?
Yes, Credit Builder is a secured credit card. The money you move to the Credit Builder secured account is how much you can spend with the card. This amount is often referred to by other secured credit cards as the security deposit. Like other secured credit cards, Credit Builder also reports to the major credit bureaus, to help you build credit history over time.
However, for most secured credit cards, security deposits are unavailable to you, the consumer, until you close the account. With Credit Builder, you can use your deposit to pay for monthly charges. Plus, Credit Builder charges no annual fees and no interest, and no minimum security deposit required!
Does Credit Builder report to credit bureaus?
Yes, Credit Builder reports to the 3 major credit bureaus—TransUnion®, Experian® and Equifax®
What is the credit limit?
Credit Builder doesn’t have a pre-set credit limit. Instead, the money you move into your Credit Builder secured account sets your spending limit on the card.
With traditional credit cards, using a high percentage of your available credit limit could negatively impact your credit score. You don’t have to worry about that with Credit Builder because Chime does not report credit utilization. Your credit score may go up or down depending on your payments. On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your score, while late payment may have a negative impact on your score.4
How much you can spend with Credit Builder is shown to you as Available to Spend in the Chime app.
If I use all the money I add into Credit Builder, will Credit Builder report high utilization and hurt my credit score?
Nope. Credit Builder doesn’t report percent utilization to the major credit bureaus because it has no pre-set credit limit. That means spending up to the amount you added will not show a high-utilization card on your credit history. So rest assured to use Credit Builder for your everyday purchases and let them count towards credit building!
New Member Basics
How long does it take for my Credit Builder card to arrive?
After you enroll, it’ll take on average 5-7 business days for your Credit Builder card to arrive.
How do I activate my new Credit Builder card?
It’s easy! Just go to the Chime app > Settings > Credit Builder > Activate Card.
What can I use my Credit Builder card for?
You can use the Credit Builder card anywhere Visa® credit cards are accepted.
What is the Credit Builder secured account?
It is an account that holds the money you’ve moved to Credit Builder. This money determines the amount you can spend with your Credit Builder card (a.k.a credit limit). You get to set your own limit by moving any amount to and from your Credit Builder secured account whenever you want.
When you make a purchase, a hold is placed on that money you just spent in your secured account. You can use this money later, to pay your monthly balance. Your Available to Spend will also go down. This way, you know how much more you can spend with your Credit Builder card.
How is Available to Spend calculated?
Your Available to Spend is the money you’ve moved to your Credit Builder secured account minus the amount you’ve charged on your Credit Builder card. Move money from your Chime Spending Account into Credit Builder to increase Available to Spend any time!
Can I move money into my Credit Builder secured account from another bank?
No, you cannot move money from other banks to your Credit Builder secured account. You can only do that from your Chime Spending Account.
How long does it take to move money between my Credit Builder secured account and Spending Account?
Moving money between Chime Spending Account and Credit Builder takes ~60 seconds! Once the transfer is complete, your transaction history will reflect the change and your Available to Spend will update.
What is Safer Credit Building?
Safer Credit Building is a feature that allows you to automatically pay your monthly balance with the money in your Credit Builder secured account. Turn it on, so your monthly balances are always paid on time! Learn more about how it works here.
What is Move My Pay?
Move My Pay is an optional Credit Builder feature that allows you to automatically move a set amount from your Spending Account to Credit Builder whenever you get paid. You can always make changes or move money between your Chime accounts at any time.
How and when do I pay off the card?
You can pay off your Credit Builder charges in 3 ways:
- Our recommendation is to turn on Safer Credit Building. When you make a purchase, the money you spent is put on hold in your secured account. Safer Credit Building uses that money to automatically pay your monthly balance. This will help you avoid late payments and outstanding balances.
- If Safer Credit Building is not turned on, Manual Payments can still be made at any time by going to Settings → Safer Credit Building → Make a Payment.
- ACH Payments can be made from any bank by using Credit Builder’s account and routing numbers. To find them, go to Settings → Safer Credit Building → Make a Payment → Paying with another bank
Credit Builder statements are available by the 28th of each month and due on the 23rd of the following month.
What happens if I miss a payment?
If you miss a payment, we’ll disable your Credit Builder card and ask you to pay your overdue balance. See “How and when do I pay off the card?” on how to make a payment.
If your balance due isn’t paid in full after 30 days, we may report information about your account to the major credit bureaus. Late payments, missed payments, or other defaults on your account may be reflected on your credit report.4
Where can I find more information on Credit Builder policies?
For the Credit Builder Visa Credit Card Agreement, please visit: https://www.chime.com/chime-credit-builder-visa-credit-card-agreement/
For the Credit Builder Application Disclosure and Secured Account Agreement, please visit: https://www.chime.com/chime-credit-builder-application-disclosure-and-secured-account-agreement
Banking services provided by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The Chime Visa® Debit Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. The Chime Visa® Credit Builder Card is issued by Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa credit cards are accepted. Please see back of your Card for its issuing bank.
¹Credit Score Increase "Based on a representative study conducted by TransUnion®, members who started using Chime Credit Builder in September 2019 observed a median credit score (VantageScore 3.0) increase of 30 points by January 2020. On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score.
²To be eligible to apply for Credit Builder, you need to have received a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more to your Spending Account within the last 365 days of your application. The qualifying direct deposit must have been made by your employer, payroll provider, or benefits payer by Automated Clearing House (ACH) deposit. Bank ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, verification or trial deposits from financial institutions, peer to peer transfers from services such as PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo, mobile check deposits, and cash loads or deposits are not qualifying direct deposits.
³Security Deposit Money added to Credit Builder will be held in a secured account as collateral for your Credit Builder card, which means you can spend up to this amount on your card. This is money you can use to pay off your charges at the end of every month.
4On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score. Chime will report your activities to Transunion®, Experian®, and Equifax®. Impact on your credit may vary, as Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors including the financial decisions you make with other financial services organization.
*SpotMe/Fee-Free Overdraft Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires $500 in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime Spending Account each month. All qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their account up to $20 on debit card purchases initially, but may be later eligible for a higher limit of up to $200 or more based on member's Chime Account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your limit. Your limit may change at any time, at Chime's discretion. SpotMe won't cover non-debit card purchases, including ATM withdrawals, ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. See terms and conditions
^Early Payday/Get Paid Up to Two Days Early Early access to direct deposit funds depends on the timing of the submission of the payment file from the payer. We generally make these funds available on the day the payment file is received, which may be up to 2 days earlier than the scheduled payment date.
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