Good personal credit standing is integral to financial success. As an individual, you are judged by your personal credit. Your credit rating is not only used to determine your ability to borrow on a mortgage, car, or credit card, but it is also used to judge whether you can rent an apartment, obtain insurance, or even get a job. As a college student, your success is determined by your grade point average (GPA). Once you are a working professional, it is your credit score that measures your financial success in life. This assignment will help you understand your own credit as well as factors that determine your current credit.
How To Obtain a Credit Report:
- Annual Credit Report Web site (https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp). You will have to select your state from the drop down box and fill out the order form to receive your free credit report. The Annual Credit Report Web site is accessible only through Internet Service Providers (ISPs) located within the United States.
- If you do not yet have an established credit rating in the US, a sample report may be obtained by doing an Internet search on “sample credit report.” One site that displays a sample is http://www.thelpa.com/lpa/sample_tu_credit_report.html.
You may also choose to receive your report from TransUnion, Experian, Equifax, or all three.
Based on your credit report, write a paper to address the following questions. Do not share personal information that may be confidential.
- What is your initial reaction to your credit report? Describe any surprising elements you noted in the report.
- Which elements in your report do you think would have a positive impact on your credit score and which elements would have a negative impact on your credit score? Explain your answer.
- How do you think you could improve your credit score? Create a five-point plan to raise or maintain your credit score. Be sure to do the following:
- Specifically reference the guidance in your textbook to address this question.
- Use credible Web sites to guide you.
- In addition to your credit report, what are the other events/areas in your life, which specifically relate to your financial goals that are impacted by your credit rating? Explain at least three of these events/areas.
Note: If you have never had credit, and do not have a credit report on file, in an essay of approximately 1,000 words (3–4 pages), explain personal actions you can take today to establish an initial credit rating and build a solid credit score over the long term. Discuss this option with your facilitator to ensure that you complete all of the required elements.
Support your statements with examples and scholarly references.
Write a 3–4-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.