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Credit Scores 101

12/14/2023 - Financial Wellness & Life Planning, Credit Scores, WesBanco Wellness Series, Let's Talk Credit

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Credit Scores 101

Your credit score affects whether you can get a loan or credit card, how much you can borrow, and what rate you’ll pay. Here’s what you need to know about that 3-digit number:

Credit Scores infographic. A speedometer showing different credit score ranges. 300-579 is Poor. 580-669 is Fair. 670-739 is Good. 740-799 is Very Good. 800+ is Excellent.

The 5 Factors That Affect Your Credit Score1


Payment History

Paying on time
raises your score.
Late payments
lower it.


Credit Use

Don’t max out
credit cards. Aim
to use less than
30% of your
available credit.


Credit History

The longer you’ve
had credit, the
better. If you haven’t
started building
your credit, now’s
the time


Types of Credit

Credit cards. Car
loans. A mortgage.
Having a mix of
credit types helps
your score


New Credit

A lot of new credit
inquiries in a short
period of time can
lower your score.

How Do I Build Credit?

A good credit score has a major impact on your finances, so it’s important to start out strong. In this Coach session, learn how to build a credit score for the first time or boost an already decent score, and create a plan with options that work for you. To begin, select Get Started. Follow the prompts, answer the questions, and provide information when asked.


Your Path to Building a Better Credit Score

Now that we have covered what goes into your credit score, it may be easier to visualize the path you could take on your credit building journey. From getting the best cell phone plans and securing an apartment lease to getting a great rate on a mortgage or car loan, your credit score can help you leverage great deals. Here’s your map to put you on the path to a better credit score.

Roadmap to building better credit infographic. (1) Get a secured card. (2) Use 30% or less credit. (3) Pay your bills on time. (4) Take out an Auto loan. (5) Check your free credit score. (6) Keep your taxes in check. (7) Take out a mortgage.


1 Credit data used to calculate a FICO® Score, the score used in more than 90% of lending decisions.

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