Young people make lots of mistakes. Unfortunately, credit mistakes don’t fade into obscurity after college graduation in the way that embarrassing party stories do
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Young people make lots of mistakes. Unfortunately, credit mistakes don’t fade into obscurity after college graduation in the way that embarrassing party stories do. They can stay on a credit score for up to seven years, impairing loan and job applications well into not-so-young adulthood.
Read about how to improve young adults’ credit scores in the stories below.
- ‘Piggybacking’ your way out of bad credit
- Here’s how to help young adults with bad credit
- Piggybacking, meant to jump-start credit, can backfire
- Piggybacking is still an option, but proceed with caution
- Piggybacking’s just one step en route to a better credit score
- Co-signing your kid’s credit is great, unles it endangers yours
- Want to boost your credit? Co-signing with parent is still an option