Discussing family accounts as a way to build credit, it was mentioned that people starting out will usually have student loans as their first credit account, unless they obtain a car loan or credit cards tied to a family member with credit history. Student loans are a tricky area of installment credit history because they are not looked on as favorably as you would imagine.
You might think that having opened student loan accounts when you first went to college would show a history of the account, but in actuality, only when you start making your first payment will student loans count as “credit payment history.” Most student loans are in a deferred status as long as you are in school. Once you are out of school, you have one to four months before the companies begin asking you to make monthly payments that pay down the principal and interest.
Yet, when you have student loans, you have an “amount owed.” This amount owed can actually be reducing y