10-05-2012 09:15 AM - edited 10-05-2012 09:16 AM
.When I pulled my new EQ I got a new item in my negative column that wasnt there before. It seems that EQ is treating my Sallie Mae Student Loan accounts as Consumer finance accounts. Why? Since this is the 4th item on the list and they really help my AAoA, should I worry myself about them being listed as such?
You have a consumer finance account on your credit report.
|Only 12% of FICO High Achievers have a consumer finance account.|
Consumer finance companies typically grant loans to people with poor credit histories. Their customers often cannot get loans from traditional lending companies such as banks or credit unions. These are often high-interest loans because the consumer finance company is assuming more risk by lending to people with less than perfect credit.
The fact that you have a consumer finance company loan on your credit report means that you represent a higher risk to lenders than someone with no consumer finance loans. Even if this consumer finance account is closed, it will still lower your FICO score. However, its impact on your score will lessen as time passes.
What to do about this: You should try to stay current with all of your payments and avoid opening any new credit accounts that you don't need.
10-07-2012 11:43 AM
That's pretty unusual. Private loans? I wonder if others have noticed this as well.
10-07-2012 11:51 AM
11-13-2012 07:36 PM
11-14-2012 05:09 AM
OP, are you certain this is it? Look in your EQ CR for the "account type" field I believe it is called. Look for something like "consumer finance account" or similar. Look at all opened and closed TLs too.
Relatively speaking it is benign and the ding is uber minor, if at all. In fact, if you remove the SLs, assuming that was it, you'd lose points.