What is the purpose of credit scores?
So that lenders have some idea of how likely you are to pay back a debt in a timely fashion.
Not sure why you are even asking. With credit scores (FICO, not Vantage Scores) of 300 - 850, you want to have your credit scores at least over 640+. If you can get them to over 700+, your payments would be so much lower. Research what the difference of payments are if your credit scores are higher and much lower. Do credit repair (legal by federal law) and enjoy lower monthly payments, better interest rates…
If your credit rating is excellent will cancelling a store credit card after paying it off in full in the first billing cycle affect your credit rating?
An individual with bad credit can easily improve their credit scores. Credit scores can be improved by demonstrating that one can now handle money more responsibly. Credit scores can be improved by making payments on time, do not open new lines of credit, and be able to show steady employment history for at least two years.
There are a number of credit cards available to applicants with poor credit scores. The top credit card in the UK available is an Aqua classic card which can be applied for by applicants with very low credit scores. Also available are Aquis visa cards, Barclaycards initial cards, Capital One progress, classic and classic extra cards and Luma cards.
A good site for finding information regarding student loan consolidation and credit scores in relation to that would be at www.finaid.org. They state that a credit score of 650 or lower is regarded as "subprime", but lenders have been experimenting with accepting a wider range of credit scores. Good luck!
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