Why Your Credit Score Matters If You’re a College Student

November 17th, 2017 | Author:

[Y]ou don’t have much money and any you do have goes towards paying your college expenses. You may wonder why a credit score even matters at this stage of your life. If you haven’t given it much thought before, you need to become aware of it now.

Your Future Depends On It

Your credit rating holds the key to a lot in your future, starting with your job. Many employers perform credit checks before they hire employees. Even though they don’t see your actual score, they will see how you’ve handled credit in the past. If you apply for a position where you will be involved with money, you can expect this kind of background check.

Landlords are also checking credit histories, so you might have trouble getting an apartment without it. While no credit may be somewhat better than bad credit, it also shows that you don’t have a lot of experience with money or at least with credit.

Loans

At some point, you may need a vehicle to get to work. You will have a more difficult time getting an auto loan if you don’t have a credit history. Even if you qualify for one, the terms are likely to not be as good with higher interest rates.

You might even have to get your parents to co-sign for you on a loan or even an apartment. If you want to feel like a real adult, you may want to work on building your credit history while you’re still in college. Apply for a credit card with a low balance. A secured card is even one option. Just be responsible, pay off the balance if you use it and work on showing a positive credit history. It will take about six months for an account to show up on your credit history, so start early and you can be ahead of the game.

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