Now that you have calculated your debt-to-income ratio, understanding what it means to you is the next step.
- 36% or less: This is an ideal debt load to carry for most people. Showing that you can control your spending in relation to your income is what lenders are looking for when evaluating if you are credit-worthy.
- 37% to 42%: Your debts still may seem manageable, but start paying them down before they begin to spiral out of control. At this level, credit cards still may be easy to obtain, but acquiring loans may be more difficult.
- 43% to 49%: Your debt ratio is high and financial difficulties may be looming unless you take immediate action.
- 50% or more: Seek professional help to make plans for drastically reducing your debt before it becomes a real problem.
If you're concerned about your credit management, ask someone at your credit union for guidance or for referral to a credit counseling agency.
Provision of this calculator is not an offer of credit. Its use in no way guarantees that credit will be granted. This calculator is solely for informational purposes and provides reasonably accurate estimates; the calculations are not intended to be relied upon as actual loan computations.