Building credit takes work, but the benefits are worth it. Consumers with good credit scores have access to lower interest rates and better borrowing terms. Learn what you can do to boost your scores.

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Everything You Need to Know About Improving Your Credit

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you build your credit score?

    Building credit is the process of improving your credit profile in such a way that your credit scores improve and you can have more access to better credit and loan offers. Depending on what your credit scores are, “building credit” could mean applying for a credit-builder loan or secured credit card, making punctual payments, and paying down your balances as fast as possible

  • How do you build credit with a credit card?

    Credit cards are a useful tool for building credit for two main reasons. First, opening a card gives you credit history, which is a key for younger consumers who may not have any credit or loan accounts. Second, credit cards, when used wisely, can boost your score through on-time payments and low credit utilization.

  • Does being an authorized user build credit?

    Yes. When someone adds you to their credit card account as an authorized user, your credit report shows the credit history of that account. So, if the person who adds you as a user has five years of on-time payments and low utilization, then that same payment history and utilization are added to your credit history. 

  • Does paying rent build credit?

    Yes, but it’s not as easy as it sounds and you may have to pay monthly fees to make it happen. Ask your landlord if they are able to report your rent payments to the credit bureaus. If not, you may be able to use a rent reporting service that will send your payment information to the bureaus. 

  • What is credit?

    “Credit” is a term used to describe a consumer’s borrowing and payment history. Loans, credit cards, and other financial products are part of your credit. In general, good credit makes you more likely to receive funding at good rates, while bad credit could lead to rejecting loan and credit applications, and, if you’re approved, your interest rate tends to be higher than someone with good credit.

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