FICO credit scores are not required by law to be made available free of charge like credit reports are. They may be purchased from the company that calculates the score or at www.myFICO.com.
Sometimes you can get your credit score for free as part of the process of applying for a loan. Ask the creditor that you have applied for a loan from to provide you with this information, especially if you have paid a fee for a credit check.
In addition, credit card companies are increasingly providing access to credit scores to attract and maintain customers. Credit scores may be printed on billing statements or available online. You may be able to get a free credit report this way.
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