June 7th, 2012

Why Didn’t My Credit Score Change?

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Credit Karma members sometimes wonder why it’s been a while since their credit score has changed. First of all, please know that it can sometimes take a significant shift in your credit profile for your score to change. While making on-time payments is a great way to build positive credit history, it can take a while before it will reflect positively on your credit score. If your on-time payment history is already pristine, continuing to make on-time payments will ensure that it stays that way, but it won’t further improve your credit health.

Even if something has changed in your credit history, another action you’ve recently taken could have counteracted the effect, causing your score to stay the same. Remember that there are various factors that influence your credit score.

When Will My Score Change?

Technically, a credit score can change at any point in time. Your credit score is calculated from dozens of different factors in your credit report. A change in your financial habits can result in a change in your credit score.

For instance, if you apply for an auto loan right now, the hard inquiry from your application will instantly show up on your credit report. Your score will reflect the subsequent change, and you should receive a credit alert email (if you’ve opted into Credit Karma’s free credit monitoring service).

Aside from instant inquiries like the above example, credit scores also change whenever a credit report is updated with new balances, loans or derogatory information from creditors. The frequency of these updates can vary by the credit bureau and the lender. In most cases, your creditor will report items like new credit line balances, payment activity, credit limit changes or late payment information every 30 days.

Bottom Line: Don’t expect your credit score to change every time you click the “Update Score Now” button. If it doesn’t change, it could be an indication of financial stability. If you’re consistent with your finances and credit, your credit score shouldn’t be constantly changing.

Find out How to Get a Better Credit Score.

Have more questions? Check out our Credit Advice Center.

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21 Comments

  1. An important factor in understanding your credit score is to know “Positive credit or lack of positive credit has as much or more impact on your credit score than negative credit”. Now that point deduction technology is finally available to consumers today, it will be much easier to determine the necessary steps to increase and maintain your maximized credit score.
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    Rusty Bresse at 7:06 am on July 10, 2012
  2. My credit score went down 9 points, and nothing has changed except my trying to get my score up. It seems like I’m getting no where with trying to improve my score. Why is it going down???

    Barry Clayton at 12:37 pm on July 29, 2012
  3. I know it can be frustrating, but it all depends on where your score started and what actions you are taking with your finances. But don’t worry. Typically a 9-point fluctuation isn’t a big deal, and your score could improve again in the next billing cycle.

    bethy at 9:44 am on July 30, 2012
  4. Credit karma does not read student loans correctly that are consolidated. Thus it does not work correctly. And their tech support can’t solve their problem with software.

    To bad.

    Dan at 1:25 pm on December 13, 2012
  5. Interesting that I have all “A” in every category but a Report Card Overall grade of “C”……customer service wasn’t able to clarify…..

    David at 9:21 am on May 31, 2013
  6. Jenna

    Hi David, the overall grade isn’t an average of all of the individual grades. It’s your grade in comparison to the scores of other Credit Karma members.

    Jenna at 9:44 am on May 31, 2013
  7. My credit score is frozen and every time, I try to update my credit score, it says it’s unable to update my credit score. It’s been frozen since May 2013 and I can’t update my credit score. If I unlink my account, it says I can’t log in to creditkarma for the next two years. What Shall I do?

    Deepak at 12:00 pm on January 13, 2014
  8. Mike

    Hi Deepak – Thanks for the question. Please email Member Support directly at support@creditkarma.com and we’ll be happy to help you out with your problem. Thanks!

    Mike at 9:56 am on January 14, 2014
  9. Thanks for the prompt response Mike. I’ve sent an email to the support team. Hope you guys fix it soon

    Deepak at 4:21 pm on January 15, 2014
  10. Deepak, I can relate similarly with you. My credit score does update but has been exactly the same since November of 2013. Given my history over this time, I find it not feasibly explainable for this to happen. A great payment and usage history I have had over all this time. For it not to raise even one single point is nonsense to me. I had been wondering and am leaning now to believe, that there must be some type of unfair formula used to suppress the raising of peoples credit score.

    John at 6:35 am on July 7, 2014
  11. Mike

    Hi John – Thanks for your feedback. It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re consistent with your finances your score won’t necessarily be changing constantly. I’d recommend checking out this article for further information: http://blog.creditkarma.com/credit-karma/why-didnt-my-credit-score-change/

    If you’d like to have a more specific discussion about the particulars of your situation, I’d recommend contacting our support team. You can reach them using this page: https://www.creditkarma.com/about/help

    Thanks!

    Mike at 9:10 am on July 7, 2014
  12. I just paid off all my debts after my divorce, when will my credit go up. This is worse than a criminal record that stays in your record forever therefore, your life is ruined. Who can you contact so you can talk to. I need to rent places and buy a car and I keep getting rejected.
    Thanks,
    Mohammad

    Mohammad at 9:41 pm on September 10, 2014
  13. Mike

    Hey Mohammad – Unfortunately, we can’t pinpoint a moment when your score will rise or predict any future change. I’d recommend this article for further information: https://www.creditkarma.com/article/how-often-should-my-score-change

    I can also recommend visiting our advice center, where there are likely a number of other Credit Karma members who have been in similar situations. You can check that out here: https://www.creditkarma.com/all/advice

    Thanks!

    Mike at 8:44 am on September 11, 2014
  14. My credit score stayed the same, it said it was updated August 29 and now October 5, I don’t know why it’s not updating to today date?

    Travis Wilson at 8:22 am on October 5, 2014
  15. Mike

    Hi Travis – Thanks for your question. I’d recommend you get in touch with our member support team so they can investigate your problem a bit further. You can reach them here: https://www.creditkarma.com/about/contact

    Thanks!

    Mike at 9:12 am on October 6, 2014
  16. I had a student forgiveness pay my loans but it still shows on credit karma, and I’m wondering how long will it take to take it off, or if it will ever!!

    Crystal at 3:18 pm on November 19, 2014
  17. Mike

    Hi Crystal – Thanks for your comment. If you believe your student loans are incorrectly showing on your Credit Karma account, you can file a dispute with the credit bureau directly. Check out this article for more information on credit report disputes: https://www.creditkarma.com/article/dispute-credit-report-errors

    Mike at 9:00 am on November 20, 2014
  18. I have registered. I have not received a Credit Score yet. I have received two credit reports, each without a score.
    When I registered the web site was in a loop and that was confusing.
    I want to be able to see my score on my computer.
    Thanks

    Bruce Slater at 1:40 pm on December 8, 2014
  19. Mike

    Hi Bruce – Sorry to hear you’ve had some difficulty. If you need assistance, our member support team would be glad to help out. You can reach them here: https://www.creditkarma.com/about/contact

    Thanks!

    Mike at 5:27 pm on December 8, 2014

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