OK, I cannot agree. I have about $39,000 in student loans and before I was in repayment period my loans showed up on my credit report but showed deferred status with a date. I have now graduated and I still have a six month grace period. Your student loans are still factored into your overall credit score and they affect your credit score negatively only if they are not paid on time.AnswerNOT MUCH, AS LONG AS YOU PAY YOUR STUDENT LOANS ON-TIME AFTER YOUR GRACE PERIOD (WHILE ATTENDING COLLEGE) THEN YOU SHOULD BE FINE.
If you're still a student, student loans do not show up on a credit report at all. They only appear after you have graduated, withdrawn, dropped-out, etc. and the repayment starts.
11/01/2010 I will have to disagree with the above answer. Student loans show up on your credit report before you graduate-how do I know this?-Well because I am a student with loans and those loans have showed up on my credit report under "deferred"-they have actually helped my credit score, BUT they will HURT it if and ONLY IF, when it is time to repay I default. I agree with the 1st answer and not the 2nd. Maybe times have changed since the 2nd person answered this question or even has knowledge of the credit score system in conjunction with student loans. These are government backed up student loans that I am referring to, NOT bank student loans.
In the USA, Parent PLUS loans are based on credit. Graduate PLUS loans are not based on credit. So, if you are taking the loans out for your kids, then yes the loans are based on your credit score. If you are taking the loans out for yourself for graduate studies, then it does not matter what your credit rating is.
when you consolidate your student loans. It helps your credit score by closing the multiple loans. Your credit report will report the loans you consolidated as PAId/Consolidation. We all know paying a bill helps your credit. Now you have one large bill and as you pay on it ON TIME it will increase your credit score. Also, a rule of thumb is think of your old student loans as maxed out credit cards especially if you haven't paid on them. They don't help your credit until you pay on them on time EVERY month. We all know maxed out credit cards have a negative effect on your credit score. I consolidated my loans and I am eager to pay on them to help raise my credit score. Well, there is a second part to that first answer. If you have not yet consolidated your loans, they show up on your credit report as itemized. When you finally get them consolidated they show as one loan form one lender. This will also improve your credit score.
Actually, the default will stay on your credit indefinately until you get out of default. Student loan default on Federally Guaranteed student loans has no statute of limitation. If you consolidate your defaulted student loans, they will show up as Paid In Full on your credit report. You can get help with the consolidation of your student loans through www.defaultms.com Any default is going to stick around for about 7 years.
In the USA, if the student loan is Federal like a Stafford or Perkins loan, then yes you can cosign with bad credit. If the student loan is a private student loan, then no, you must have good credit. Keep in mind, you should never take out private student loans out until you have used up Federal loans, grants, and scholarships. Private student loans have high interest rates and no benefits.
No, so far I have found out without good credit no student loans are available. Except for the federal stafford loans. RMAK Adds Although it is true that it is much easier to find student loans with good interest rates if you have a great credit rating, but even if you have a bad credit rating you don't need to panic and give up your hopes. There are loans that cater for bad credit students other than stafford loans. see link below to get details
Does "in grace" mean in deferment? Deferred student loans do affect your debt-to-income ratio. Even in deferment they are factored into how much you owe. Many current and former students do not take the responsibility to keep their loan companies notified of their enrollment status, thinking that their financer will somehow just know that they are still in school. This more than any other factor causes credit problems on student loans. Anytime you open any kind of credit account, there is generally an inquiry which CAN affect your credit score. There is also a "hit" in the risk indicator of having a new account. Those factors are overcome quickly and as long as you pay the new, consolidated, account on time and keep your status updated; it should have little affect on your credit to consolidate.
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