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Registered: ‎02-27-2013

Student Loans?

I am desparate to get to a 700 so that I can refinance my home.  In the last few months, my score has gone up by 30 points or so by strategically paying down certain debts.  I'm at 696 right now.  I have outstanding student loans of about $1,600.  If I paid them off, would that improve the score by a few points?  Or does it make more sense to pay down more of one of my credit cards?  Thanks in advance!

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Re: Student Loans?

Installment utilization is a tiny part of FICO scoring, unlike CC and revolving util. If you are still carrying balances on CCs, I'd consider paying that. Outside of FICO scoring, DTI should also be a consideration if that were ever an issue with the lender.

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