Experian recently announced a new program that will help consumers who don’t have any credit scores. The program is called Experian Boost. Until now, utility bills and phone bill payments were not counted into the scoring models. This was affecting a lot of consumers who do not have any credit cards or other trade lines. This is where Experian Boost comes into the picture.
How does Experian Boost work?
Consumers are able to voluntarily provide Experian with access to their bank accounts. Experian will scan your bank accounts for information regarding on-time payments for cell phone and utility bills. (I don’t know how they know if the bill was paid on time or if it was a late payment.) The information is then added to your Experian credit report. Experian claims that only positive information will be added, meaning only the on-time payments will be added and not any late payments.
Consumers are able to choose which positive information should be added or be removed at any time.
Once the information is added, the scoring models are able to use this information to calculate a credit score.
Which scoring models does Experian Boost work with?
The only scoring models, as of now, which will include such information are the Fico 08, Fico 09, Vantage 03, and Vantage 04 scoring models.
Does Experian Boost really help?
Experian is only one of the three credit bureaus. Experian Boost will only provide a credit score for loans using the Experian credit report only. Also, it will only be used when the Fico 08 credit scoring model is used. There are many credit card issuers which only pull an Experian credit report and use the Fico 08 scoring model. (You can filter results on our Ultimate Credit Card Finder to only show you the cards that pull Experian). But unfortunately, when it comes to mortgage applications or any other significant loan, most of the time, credit issuers will want to pull all three credit reports. Therefore, Experian Boost will not help much in these situations.
Experian Boost may be beneficial for some. I still would recommend a consumer to try his best by rather trying to build traditional credit.
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