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Registered: ‎10-02-2012
Several inqs for student loans in a short period of time?

"To compensate for this, FICO® Scores distinguish between a search for a single loan and a search for many new credit lines.  They also compensate for rate shopping, in part, by looking at the length of time during which inquiries occur; when you need an auto, student or home loan, you can avoid lowering your FICO® Score by doing your rate shopping within a short period of time, such as 45 days."  


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Now as far as my question goes, I applied for MANY student loans during the summer heading into my freshman year. And as a result, I have 12 inquiries on my TU report, 10 of which came from the student loan applications. I applied for 6 loans between 07/01/11 and 08/15/11 (which is 45 days), so why are all 6 counted as an individual inquiry if they 'compensate' for the rate shopping? And though there are only a couple of inquiries on my EQ and EX reports from the loan apps, 2 apps were a week after eachother.


Could anyone clarify the 'rule' when several inquiries while rate shopping in a short period of time are combined to only impact your score once? Because Despite my history being short, my payment history has been perfect and my highest reported util has been 33%, but my scores from each of the bureaus are really low..

AE CC: $850 | AEO Visa: $1,890 | Cap1 QS: $1,950 | Chase Freedom: $1,000 | Citi Forward: $1,500 | Citi Double Cash: $1,000 | Discover iT: $500 | GameStop: $1,050 | Overstock: $1,100 | PayPal Smart Connect: $1,000 | Walmart $1,900

TU (Discover): 648 | EQ (Citi): 657