Watch to learn how to calculate your DTI.
Published May 10, 2022
DTI, or your debt-to-income ratio, measures the percentage of your income that goes to paying off debt. To calculate your DTI, add up your total monthly debt payments (housing costs, student loans, credit cards and auto loans) and divide that number by your gross monthly income.
If you’re hoping to qualify for a loan, the lower your DTI, the better.
DTI is your debt-to-income ratio and it measures the percentage of your income that goes to paying off debt. To calculate your DTI, add up your total monthly debt payments—including housing costs, student loans, credit cards and auto loans—and divide that number by your gross monthly income. The result is your DTI, which is typically stated as a percentage.
For mortgage loans, most lenders are looking for a DTI of 36% or less, with an upper limit of around 43%, depending on the lender. To refinance your student loans, lenders are typically looking for a maximum DTI of 50% to qualify. If your DTI is a little high, paying down your debt will help bring it down.
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