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What is Vantage Score 3.0?
What is Vantage Score 3.0?
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Written by Francis
Updated over a week ago

There are three credit reporting agencies, Experian, Equifax and TransUnion and each of the credit reporting agencies have created their own unique risk models to evaluate a person's creditworthiness, and ultimately generate a credit score.

In 2006, the three credit reporting agencies worked together to develop a new model and credit score called VantageScore. VantageScore 3.0 is the latest version of this model and is used by by 20 of the top 25 lenders in the United States. It's one of the most popular credit scores on the market for both lenders and consumers and is the only tri-bureau score.

How does VantageScore 3.0 work?

Similar to other credit scores, VantageScore 3.0 uses the information in your credit report to generate a score that lenders use to predict your likelihood of repaying debts on time. VantageScore 3.0 scores range from 300 to 850 and weighs each of the below factors from your credit report. The percentage for each factor represents how important it is in calculating your VantageScore:

Credit scores in Rocket Money are sourced from Experian and graded on the below scale using Vantage 3.0:

781-850 - Excellent

661-780 - Good

601-660 - Fair

300-600 - Developing

How is VantageScore 3.0 different from FICOยฎ?

Although FICO and VantageScore 3.0 consider many of the same factors and use the same rating scale (300 - 850), they differ slightly.

For example, while both scores use payment history is the most influential factor, FICO scores only look at payment history on loans and credit. VantageScore 3.0 also views your total balances and debt as less influential than FICO. Below is a summary of the factors used in each score and how influential they are in determining your score:

VantageScore 3.0

  • Most influential: Payment history

  • Highly influential: Age and type of credit, percent of credit limit used

  • Moderately influential: Total balances and debt

  • Less influential: Recent credit behavior and inquiries, available credit


  • Most influential: Payment history on loans and credit cards

  • Highly influential: Total debt and amounts owed

  • Moderately influential: Length of credit history

  • Less influential: New credit and credit mix (the types of accounts you have)

You can read more about VantageScore 3.0 and each of the credit factors it uses ๐Ÿ‘‰ here.

If you are seeing your credit score different in Rocket Money compared to another app or service, please check out ๐Ÿ‘‰ this guide for more information ๐Ÿ™‚

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