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Getting Denied For a Credit Card

Jul 2, 2008
If you're currently a student and you've been on the hunt for a credit card, you may have found yourself getting into a bind you didn't want to find yourself getting into, getting denied for a credit card application. What most college students think when they apply for their first card is that they are going to get approved and never think of the denial letter coming through the mail. A denial letter from a credit company is no different than a college denying you.

When you get that denial letter in the mail, a lot of people just think they are going to get the same letter for every card they apply for and that couldn't be further from the truth. There are some things you can have to look out for when applying for your card and if you follow the right steps, you can get your first credit card in no time.

Applying for the wrong card - If you find yourself applying for a regular credit card and you have no credit history, you're already on the wrong path. I can tell you right now you're going to get denied for this card. These types of cards are generally for people that already have established their credit. If you're currently going to school, you're going to want and try a student credit card. If you're not attending school, you may want to try a department store card.

Invalid application - Sometimes when you fill out an application, you may forget to put in some information. This usually only applies to a paper application you send through the mail. Even though the card companies will tell you if you missed a particular field on the form, they don't always do this. It's best to look for the reason you're denied on the card. If you don't see a good explanation, you can always try and call up the card company to see if you get a better answer.

No income - Just because you have no credit history and/or perfect credit, this doesn't mean you're going to get approved right away. If you're currently making no money, a credit company isn't going to risk giving you a card. If you're debt rate is high as well, the credit companies are going to be very hesitant as well. Make sure you browse over your personal finances before you apply for your next card to see if this could possibly be the problem.

The important thing to remember when applying for a credit card is that you look for a card in your credit range. If you have no credit, you will want to apply for a student card. If you have poor credit, then you obviously want to go the poor credit route, it usually isn't that hard to justify what kind of credit you have. As long as you have a good track record and you apply for the right card, you shouldn't have a problem getting approved for your next application.
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