19 Year old university student -- Do I have a chance at Chase Freedom & Amex BCE?

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CastroDisastro
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19 Year old university student -- Do I have a chance at Chase Freedom & Amex BCE?

Postby CastroDisastro » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:46 pm

Hello. I have been on the MyFico forum, and came on here seeing how many of you have clashing opinions with those on there. Was just wondering what you thought. I posted this over on MyFico, and although I got answers from over there, was wondering what you all were thinking.

Hello all, I am a 19 year old university student. I've been on this site a lot, just reading, and I decided to make an account here for some advice.

I currently only have one credit card, a Discover IT card with a $650 limit, with a 713 credit score from Discover's provided score tracker (so it's a TU fico score). I applied for and received this card last year in August, with my first statement covering September to October. I have 7 statements from Discover reported to all three credit bureuas, each with utilization ranging from 4%-9%. I always pay on time, in full, as well. I haven't looked up my score with annualcreditreport.com yet, as my credit is too new (less than a year old). I've heard that around the 6th month of opening your first credit card, it's a good idea to apply to more.

So along with my Discover IT, I've been wanting to apply additionally for Chase Freedom as well as Amex Blue Cash Everyday. My yearly income is $13.5k (which comes from subsidized student loans, grants & my yearly scholarships). I am currently unemployed, I am just a full time student with decent scholarships.

P.S. I have student loans being used since I am attending a university. Right now, they amount to around $4000. The only inquiries on my account are for Discover IT from last year. If student loans count as inquiries, then that'll be on there too, but nothing else. No mortgages, car loans, etc.


So, with my TU score at 713, yearly income at $13.5k, and my age of accounts (I plan to apply next month, in May, after my statement date goes through, so I'll have 8 statements in total), do you think I have a chance with getting Chase Freedom & Amex BCE?


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Postby pac4toon » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:30 pm

Just go to the Chase website and click on the "Check for pre-qualified offers"
In my wallet:
AmEx PRG/ BoH Hawaiian Airlines WEMC / Chase Freedom /

In my sock drawer:
AmEx HHonors & BCE

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Postby CastroDisastro » Sun Apr 13, 2014 10:38 pm

Well, I did do that. I went on their site, along with Amex, Capital One, & Citi, and non of them had any cards that I pre qualified for. I am intending on applying next month to both Amex & Chase anyway, but wasn't sure if either Amex or Chase have any unofficial requirements that members on this forum have noticed, and if I fit into those requirements.

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Postby linuxmachine » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:04 pm

pac4toon wrote:Just go to the Chase website and click on the "Check for pre-qualified offers"


+1

Or go in branch and nicely ask the banker whether you qualify. They can soft pull for you for experian.

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Postby CastroDisastro » Sun Apr 13, 2014 11:19 pm

linuxmachine wrote:+1

Or go in branch and nicely ask the banker whether you qualify. They can soft pull for you for experian.


That actually sounds like a good idea. As I said, I already did the pre-qualifier and I didn't pre-qualify. Would going into the bank be the same as doing the pre-qualifier, or generally do bankers give you more info/advice such as "I think you should wait until you have 1 year of history" or "are you sure xxx?" like hints that are unofficial/off the table, for their prediction of when you would really qualify?



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