I applied for a NFCU cash rewards a couple weeks ago and unfortunately no dice. I even tried to recon and no luck. I was on the fence with contuining to build my credit for 6-8 months and try again but wanted to build my relationship with NFCU so bad (Just started my membership end of December). My final card before gardening had to be an NFCU card, secured or not!
I set up a $500 secured loan, no pull on credit but will report.
Also applied for the NRewards and approved $500 w/ $500 locked from my savings.
My plan is to pay off the 6 month installment to show NFCU good faith, and keep my secured card under 20% UTI for 13 months hopefully graduating.
By month 13 I should have my bad debts paid off and will definitely be aiming for a CLOC and a NFCU Cash / Go Rewards as my credit should be a lot better.
I've heard great things about NFCU and I'm glad to add the pretty blue NRewards card
I like it! Glad you have some realistic expectations that this can take time.
Congrats! Good strategy worked out to. Take care of Navy and believe me they will take care of you! Welcome to Navy Federal.