What is a utilization rate and how does it work?
A utilization rate is the amount of credit you’re using divided by the total amount of credit you have available.
For example, let’s say you’ve been approved for a tradeline (line of credit) for $100. If you choose to withdraw all $100 that you were approved for, your utilization rate is 100%. If you choose to withdraw only $20 from the available $100, then your utilization rate is 20%.
Which utilization rate should I choose?
With our Credit Building feature, you get to choose your utilization rate, but we recommend setting it at 10% or lower but above 1%. Our Credit Building experts have determined that a utilization rate above 30% is not ideal for increasing your credit history (it is likely to still increase, however potentially not as much as with a lower utilization rate).
How do I modify my utilization rate?
The utilization rate needs to be updated every month since it will reset back to 0% on the billing date.
To change the utilization rate head in-app > click on Credit > select Manage Credit Building > click on the ellipses (3 dots in the top right corner) > View utilization > click on the ellipses (3 dots in the top right corner) > Change utilization > done!