6 major difficulties faced by students with no credit history or bad credit history

Cynthia Stewart
Jun 11, 2007
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The seeds of a good career are sown in student life but few students really know that the foundations of a good credit history also take shape during this vital period. If a student doesn't care about developing a good credit history during his student life, he or she will face difficulties when he gets out of the college. Here are few things which will bother a student without any credit history or having a bad credit history as he steps out into the real word.

Finding an apartment

The landlords will check the credit history before renting out an apartment and if he finds that there is no credit history or a bad credit history, things will become difficult. Chances are good that he will refuse the deal or charge huge amount of money as security or advance before renting out the apartment.

Getting the utilities

Electricity, gas, water supply companies all check the credit history before providing the services. The idea is to gain confidence about your financial position. If they do not find anything to bank upon from your credit history, they will ask for advance deposits before providing their services.

Getting the car insurance

The same things apply to car insurance companies, they will charge high premium rates before giving any insurance to a person without any credit history or less than perfect history .

Getting a loan

Nothing drives away the lenders more than a person with no credit history or a bad credit history. Lenders can't get any idea about what is your repayment capacity and repayment record, so they won't lend you money. Even if someone agrees the interest rates and repayment terms will be stricter and there will surely be a demand for collateral.

Getting a credit card

With no credit history or bad credit history getting a credit card becomes increasingly difficult. If the concern is bad credit then the interest rates will be very high and repayment terms tough. If the credit card companies do not find any credit history, they will ask to start building it before issuing a 'real credit card'.

Getting a job

The first challenge students face in real world is to get a decent job. Almost all employers check the credit history of students before offering them any employment. Chances are good that if you don't have any credit history at all or have a poor credit history-- you won't get a dream job!

So, the fact remains that building a good credit history during the student life really matters. It starts with getting a good student credit card, using it wisely, not over indulging and repaying the credit card balances on time. This is all that takes to build a good credit history. It will ensure, that your career and dreams aren't hampered due to lack of credit history.