In the world of personal ®finance, there is no shortage of discussions surrounding credit scores and credit building. One of the most common questions that aspiring credit builders have is: What is the lowest credit score you can have?
In order to effectively build credit, you need a solid understanding of how credit scores are calculated and where your score needs to be to achieve your goals. To do that, it helps to know the potential range of credit scores.
Here, we’ll identify the lowest credit score you can have, and the decisions that affect this number. Then we’ll cover some simple ways you can begin improving your credit score today.
Let’s start with the most common misconception: is 0 the lowest credit score possible? You might be surprised to learn that this is not the case.
So, where does the credit score range begin? In most credit scoring models (including FICO®, which is used by approximately 90% of all lenders) the range is between 300 and 850. This means that, in most cases, 300 is the lower score any user could see.
Some of the most common causes of an extremely low credit score include:
The main reason extremely low credit scores are rare is because it’s not easy to stay in a range this low. Once you begin consciously working toward credit building, your score will start improving dramatically. There’s always a way to repair past mistakes. Here are some of the best options to begin improving your credit score right now:.
1. Deal with bills in collections
Any existing bills in collections should be paid off and cleared from your credit history. This is one of the best ways to boost your score rapidly. It’s a step that takes some time, but it’s definitely worth it.
2. Dispute credit errors
You should be reviewing your credit history regularly. The reason for this is that there could be errors on your report that are negatively impacting your score. Take the time to review your credit history and dispute any errors to help improve your credit score.
3. Set up automatic payments
If paying your bills on time is something that you struggle with, consider setting up automatic payments for your bills. This will prevent your score from being negatively impacted every month that you forget to pay on time.
If you’d like to double the impact of your automatic payments, check out StellarFi’s bill pay and credit-building app.
Learn more: 5 Strategies to Build Credit Fast
With Stellar, you can schedule and manage your bill payments all in one place. Then, when your bills are paid, StellarFi reports your payments to all three major credit bureaus: Experian®, TransUnion®, and Equifax®.
These timely payments contribute to all the major factors that affect your credit score, giving you the best shot at building your credit quickly.
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The StellarFi blog is intended to serve as an informational resource. While StellarFi can help you build your credit, we do not provide financial, legal, or accounting advice. Please consult a trusted advisor for financial, legal, or accounting guidance as needed.