Credit Score

If your credit report is your financial report card, then your credit score is your actual grade. A credit score is a mea- sure of how reliable you are at paying your bills. If you are looking to borrow money, your score will determine your interest rate, or whether you can borrow at all. It measures how much debt you have versus how much debt you could have (so if your credit cards are maxed out, your credit score will be lower). Scores range from 300 to 850; 700 and above is considered a good score. (See also: FICO Score)

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