The USDA Guaranty Loan Program, like all loan programs, evaluates a borrower’s ability to repay the mortgage loan by analyzing the borrowers credit history. The most common source of credit management information can be derived from a borrower’s credit report, including the credit score.

In general though, minimum credit score requirements for usda loans 2018 mean that you need 12 months of "Clean Credit" with no bad information added to your credit file. "Clean Credit" is a slang term used OFTEN in mortgage lending. It refers most often to someone who has 12 months with no late payments.