Credit Counseling FAQ: Will Credit Counseling Hurt My Credit Score?

by Greg on January 11, 2010

This is a common question, and comes up all the time because in the past, it was true.  However, that changed a while back, and this change was mostly “under the radar.”

After all, if it was publicized, people would be more likely to enter into credit counseling/debt management programs…and the banks wouldn’t keep collecting 20% – 30% interest!  Hmmm…

But rather than taking my word for it, I found a link that I wanted to share with you that comes directly from myfico.com.  (FICO aka Fair, Isaac, & Company is the company that invented the FICO score and is the company that 90% of the largest U.S. banks use to calculate your credit score, so this is straight from the horse’s mouth).

This article clearly shows what sort of information is NOT included included in your credit score.  Click here to read this important credit info.



Factors in your credit score

Items that make up your credit score



Take a look at the last bullet which states:

“Whether or not you are participating in a credit counseling program of any kind.”

Oh, and here’s another article from MSN that talks about the myths of credit scoring.

By paying your bills through our non-profit debt management company, you will repay your credit card debt 100%, more than likely at a much lower average interest rate, with hardly any impact to your credit.  Get in touch with us today and we’ll tell you everything you wanted to know about credit scoring and how the various debt relief options out there impact your score.

Talk back…what are some of the other credit score myths you’ve heard?


All the best,

Greg

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