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The Ultimate Guide to Personal Loans

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Part I: Personal Loans 101

Personal loans are among the easiest financial tools to understand. When you take out a personal loan, a bank lends you money for a fixed interest rate and a fixed period of time.

This means you’ll be expected to make a fixed monthly payment for the life of the loan, but it also means you’ll face less uncertainty than with a credit card. With a personal loan, you’ll know exactly how much you borrowed, how much you’ll pay every month and when your debt will be paid in full.

This isn’t to suggest that personal loans are perfect. Like anything else in life, they come with risks and drawbacks. Most of the downsides depend on how responsible you are with credit and what interest rate you’ll pay.

Keep reading to learn more about how personal loans work, which pitfalls to avoid and how to get the most out of the loan you choose.

How personal loans work

As we mentioned, a personal loan is easy to grasp. You borrow money at a fixed interest rate, over a fixed amount of time, then you pay a fixed monthly payment until your loan is paid off.

While the terms of your personal loan can depend on an array of factors, these loans are typically offered in amounts up to $35,000. You may be able to borrow this amount for any length of time from 12 months to 20 years.

In addition to the interest rate you’ll pay, personal loans may also come with an origination fee which can range from 1 percent to as high as 8 percent at some lenders, according to a review of personal loan terms on MagnifyMoney.com. On the bright side, it’s a competitive business and many lenders charge no origination fee or any other fees upfront.The real costs to worry about with personal loans involve the APR. Interest rates charged through personal loans can vary quite a bit, and they are typically higher than you see with secured loans such as home equity or auto loans. That’s because personal loans are unsecured debts. Whereas a secured loan — think home or auto loan — is secured by an underlying investment (in these cases, a home or car), unsecured loans aren’t secured by an investment. The banks are taking on a greater risk lending without any collateral, so they charge higher fees and APRs as a result.

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LendingTree is our parent company. LendingTree is unique in that they allow you to compare multiple, personal loan offers within minutes. Everything is done online and you can have your loan pre-approved without impacting your credit score. LendingTree is not a lender, but their service connects you with up to five offers from personal loan lenders.

How to qualify for one

If you’re considering a personal loan, here’s what you’ll need to qualify:

  • Good or excellent creditSome personal loan companies will approve you with a credit score as low as 580, according to MagnifyMoney’s parent company, LendingTree. But having very good credit (a FICO score over 740) will put you in a position to qualify for a personal loan with the best interest rate and terms.
  • Proof of ability to repay – You need to be able to show your ability to repay your loan, usually with pay stubs or other evidence of employment.
  • Low debt-to-income ratio – Lenders may be hesitant to lend you money if your debt-to-income ratio is high. This ratio is determined by taking your total monthly recurring debt and dividing it by your monthly income. Discover Personal Loans notes that borrowers with a debt-to-income ratio below 36 percent may qualify for the best terms and rates on loans and mortgages.
  • Co-signer – If your credit score is poor, you may need a co-signer with good credit to help you qualify for a personal loan.

How to pick the best personal loan

When it comes to personal loans, there is no one-size-fits-all option. The best loan for your needs depends on factors such as how much you need to borrow and whether you have good credit scores.

Here are some tips that can help you identify a loan that fits your goals:

  • Shop around with different lenders. Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to shop around and compare rates and loan terms. Our parent company, LendingTree, is an excellent place to start because you can easily explore options from different lenders in one place. Start by filling out an online form.
  • Read the fine print. Make sure you understand each loan’s terms, conditions and interest rate, along with your monthly payment.
  • Look for a low-cost loan. Ideally, you should look for a personal loan with the lowest rate and fees (or no fees) you can find.
  • Read reviews. The internet is a treasure trove for reviews of various lenders. Reading product reviews can help you gauge the quality of each lender and what your experience might be like.

Part II: Common Uses for a Personal Loan

While borrowing money and paying it back slowly can be ideal no matter what your goals might be, you might be surprised to find out just how many uses personal loans can have.

“I’ve found that personal loans can be helpful when looking to consolidate higher interest debt, pay for a major expense or quickly get funds when needed for an emergency,” says Jeff Rose, founder of Good Financial Cents and partner of Discover Personal Loans.

Rose also pointed to a new survey from Discover Personal Loans, which showed that 26 percent of respondents cited a major medical expense as the most popular potential use for a personal loan, followed by 22 percent saying debt consolidation, and 13 percent using it to fund a small business.

Take note: That doesn’t mean personal loans are ideal for all uses. Here are some potential uses for personal loans, along with some pros and cons to consider:

Debt consolidation

If you have several types of debt and you’re struggling to keep up, debt consolidation can be a smart way to tackle the problem. When you consolidate debt, you take out a new loan, use it to pay off your existing debts and are left with just one loan to repay.

The real benefit of using a personal loan for debt consolidation is knowing exactly how much you pay each month and precisely how long you have until you’re debt-free.

“You don’t get that with a credit card,” says Gerri Detweiler, a writer, educator and authority on credit and loans.

You’ll have to decide when a personal loan makes sense as a debt consolidation tool over other options — such as a balance transfer credit card. It will likely come down to your credit score and which option will cost you the least over time. For example, a debt consolidation loan may have a higher interest rate than a balance transfer credit card, many of which come with a 0 percent APR for 12 to 21 months.

You can find 0% balance transfer offers at CompareCards.com, another LendingTree site.

Medical expenses

Taking a personal loan to cover medical expenses “can be very helpful, especially if it keeps you out of collections,” Detweiler says.

Before you take this step, however, you should speak to your provider to see if it offers a payment plan. If so, you may be able to make payments on your outstanding medical debts without paying interest.

Car purchase

You can take out a personal loan to buy a car, but should you? Detweiler says it depends on the type of car you’re buying and how much it costs.

“You would probably get a better interest rate through a car dealership since personal loans are unsecured but car loans use the car as collateral,” she says.

On the flip side, a personal loan might work better if you’re buying an older used car from an individual instead of a dealership.

Home improvement

Detweiler notes that, while a lot of people use a home equity loan or HELOC, or home equity line of credit, to remodel their home, not everyone has enough equity to qualify. A personal loan could be ideal since you may qualify no matter how much equity you have in your home.

Not only that, but you won’t lose your home if you fall behind on payments with a personal loan. A home equity loan uses your home as collateral.

Moving expenses

Moving can be expensive, but you should try to save up the cash before your move, if you can. If you’re short on funds, a personal loan or a credit card can work well. The best option for your needs depends on the interest rate you qualify for and how long repayment might take you.

Starting a business

Detweiler says she’s a big fan of trying to separate personal and business credit, but there are still times when using a personal loan to finance a business could be beneficial.

If you’re a startup that’s not yet earning money, for example, you might not yet qualify for a business loan.

“In that case, a personal loan could help you get your business off the ground,” she says.

Boosting your credit

“A personal loan can help you improve your credit mix, and that can boost your score,” says Detweiler. “But you shouldn’t get into debt just to build credit.”

If you want to build credit without getting into debt, signing up for a secured credit card and using it regularly can also help. Read more about how secured cards work.

Emergencies

When it comes to the unexpected, personal loans can be a better option than some other types of borrowing, like payday loans. Not only are interest rates typically low, but you can figure out an exact payment plan to pay the debt off before you sign up.

But first, you should “really think about whether you need to borrow or whether you could come up with the money another way,” says Detweiler.

When to avoid using a personal loan

While a personal loan can be a valuable financial tool, there are plenty of times where you might be better off borrowing money a different way – or not borrowing at all.

Joseph Toms, president of the nonbank consumer lender Freedom Financial Asset Management, says these instances really depend on individuals and their situation, although there are many telltale signs a personal loan is not for you.s

One of the biggest signs, he says, is when you can’t afford to keep up with the monthly payments for the loan you plan to take out.

“Not being able to keep up with the monthly payments means you won’t pay your loan on time,” he says. “If you pay your bills late or not at all, your credit will take a hit. That can lead to higher interest rates and cause your debt to spiral out of control.”

Before you take out a personal loan, you should write out a budget and make sure you can truly afford the monthly payments, he says.

Another time you shouldn’t take out a personal loan is when you don’t truly need what you’re borrowing for – or if you should probably live without it.

“A personal loan can be like a candy store,” says Toms.

The temptation of being able to borrow money can be too much for some people. It can inspire crazy actions, like financing purchases that can leave the borrower in financial peril, Toms says.

Another instance where you may not want to get a personal loan? “If you’re going to buy a house in the near future, you should think twice about taking out a personal loan,” Detweiler says.

This is because the amount you owe can affect how much you can borrow for a home.

Lastly, you should probably avoid a personal loan if you’re on shaky financial ground, says Detweiler.

“If you aren’t in a very stable financial situation, a personal loan could make your problems worse,” she says. “It’s risky because if you don’t make the payments, you could wind up hurting your credit and could end up in default or collections.”

Using personal loans for a vacation might be tempting, but it’s not the wisest choice. However, the truth is, some people do this anyway. In a recent survey, we found that 16 percent of people who said they are going into debt for vacation are using personal loans.

“Don’t borrow money and go into debt for a vacation,” Detweiler urges. “You’ll come back from vacation in debt. Save the money instead, or have a staycation.”

Like vacations, a wedding financed with debt is rarely a good idea.

“Don’t start your marriage in debt,” says Detweiler. If you have to use a personal loan for your wedding, make sure you shop around for a loan with the lowest interest rate and best terms.

If you believe you could pay the balance off in a short amount of time, you may also be better off with a 0 percent APR credit card.

The risks of using a personal loan

Taking out a personal loan can help you borrow the money you need to achieve any goal, but that doesn’t mean these loans are without risk. Some of the perils you’ll face when taking out any loan include:

  • Overspending – A personal loan can be the answer to your prayers, but some experts say they’re almost too easy. “No one is going to question what you’re spending the money on, so you might use this loan to justify things you shouldn’t really buy,” says Detweiler. “If you go overboard, you can end up with debt that takes years to pay off and a lifetime of regret.”
  • Damage to your credit if you don’t repay the loan – Obviously, your personal loan may go off without a hitch if you don’t borrow too much and can always afford your payments. “But if you can’t afford your payments due to job loss or another issue, your credit will see damage,” Detweiler explains. That damage can ruin your credit, or even lead to collections or bankruptcy.
  • Bad financial habits – Getting into the habit of constantly borrowing money can make your life more difficult, she adds. While personal loans can be easy to get, relying on credit over and over can leave you short on cash to reach other financial goals.

And the benefits?

There are times to avoid a personal loan, without doubt, but these loans aren’t all bad. In the real world, there are plenty of instances where a personal loan can help you get what you want or even improve your financial life.

If you take out a personal loan – and do it in a financially responsible way – there are plenty of benefits to look forward to. These loans can:

  • Simplify your financial life – “A personal loan can be a great tool for people looking to simplify and save by consolidating higher interest debt into one fixed monthly payment,” says Rose, of Discover Personal Loans. “If you have multiple credit cards or store card bills, and are having difficulty keeping track of them all, a personal loan can be a smart tool to streamline your payments and potentially save thousands of dollars on interest.”
  • Help with emergencies – If you are hit with an unexpected expense you can’t cover, “personal loans can provide the funds fairly quickly to help manage through the situation,” says Rose. In that sense, a personal loan could actually save you from financial peril.
  • Offer you predictable payments and interest – Because of the way personal loans are set up, you’ll never wonder how much you’ll pay each month or how much interest you owe. “Compared to higher-interest financial tools, having a fixed interest rate and monthly payment could save you money in the long run,” Rose explains.

Part III: Personal Loan Traps and Scams to Avoid

While there are plenty of reputable lenders in the personal loan space, that doesn’t mean it’s scam-free. Like most other areas of personal finance, there are plenty of fraudsters who will use personal loans to extract money from you or perpetrate fraud in some other way.

As you explore the world of personal loans, here are some traps to be aware of:

Advance loan fees

Occasionally, a fraudulent loan company will offer outrageous loans and loan terms with a catch: You have to pay the first few months of payments to qualify.

“They usually ask for these funds via Western Union or Moneygram,” says Detweiler. “But it’s a complete scam.”

No reputable lender would ask you to pay money upfront. “Do not pay money upfront for a personal loan under any circumstances,” she says.

Loan insurance

Another one from Detweiler: the fraudulent lender who will offer you a personal loan, only to say you need to buy “insurance” to cover the loan in case you default.

This is also a scam because personal loans are unsecured – and because no reputable lender would require you to buy insurance to insure your own loan.

‘No credit check’ loans

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a lender who isn’t interested in checking your credit should set off alarms.

Ads that say: “Bad credit? No problem” or “We don’t care about your past” should be particularly worrisome, notes the CFPB. These slogans are usually suggestive of a scam.

Pre-compute interest

Some personal loans might come with the caveat of pre-compute interest, interest that is stacked so you pay the bulk of it near the beginning of your loan term.

This is a bad deal, since you’ll wind up paying extra interest – even if you pay your loan off early. Before you take out a personal loan, make sure you know how interest is accrued and how it will impact the total costs of your loan.

Prepayment penalties

Some personal loans will tack on a prepayment penalty if you pay your loan off early. Since this fee isn’t that common and is totally unnecessary, you should avoid loans that charge this fee altogether.

Make sure you read through your loans terms to check for a prepayment penalty. If you find one, look for another lender and loan.

Part IV: Alternatives to a Personal Loan

A personal loan might be ideal for helping you reach your financial goals, but it’s also possible a different financial product might work better. As you consider the prospect of a personal loan, don’t forget to explore your other options.

Here are some alternatives to consider, along with some instances where they may represent a better deal:

Personal loans versus credit cards

According to Paul Gentile, president of Cooperative Credit Union Association, there are definitely times where a credit card may be better than a personal loan.

“A credit card can be used to purchase something, so that can offer more flexibility,” he says. Credit cards can also be a great deal if you pay them off monthly, he notes, since you have the potential to earn rewards. Lastly, credit cards can be beneficial for certain short-term purchases since many offer 0 percent APR for 12 to 21 months.

On the flip side, “a personal loan may be better for someone who wants to make a large, intentional purchase that they planned for.”

Personal loans also offer the benefit of a fixed payment and payoff date, whereas credit cards can literally tether you to payments indefinitely if you keep using them for purchases.

Personal loans versus HELOCs

As Gentile notes, HELOCs come with the advantage of interest deductions (similar to how you deduct mortgage interest) if you itemize your taxes. In contrast, interest paid on your personal loan is not tax-deductible. Rates on HELOCs may also be lower than those on personal loans, he notes.

A possible downside with HELOCs is the fact that some only require you to pay interest for years. “This means you may not be paying anything toward the principal,” Gentile says.

Some HELOCs also come with balloon payments at the end, and those big payments may be hard to handle. On the other hand, personal loans come with predictable, fixed monthly payments and no surprises.

Personal loans versus peer-to-peer loans

Gentile notes that peer-to-peer lending is really similar to a personal loan. Both things allow you to borrow a fixed rate of cash and repay it over a predetermined length of time.

But since peer-to-peer lending isn’t regulated as heavily, this could be worrisome, says Gentile.

Before you choose among personal loans and peer-to-peer loans, make sure you compare all related fees, all total costs and interest rates.

Personal Loans versus cash-out refinancing

Gentile believes that opting for a cash-out refinance is the best option for people committed to their properties in the long term, whereas personal loans are better for short-term financial needs.

There are risks to getting cash out of your home as well, he notes. “If home prices drop, you could end up underwater.”

On the other hand, refinancing your home to get access to your home equity could help you qualify for a lower interest rate than a personal loan. “You also get to write off your mortgage interest, so you get a tax deduction,” notes Gentile.

Check out this cash-out refi calculator from MagnifyMoney’s parent company, LendingTree.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to the CFPB, lenders and loan brokers are required to be registered in all states where they conduct business. To check registration, they suggest calling your state attorney general’s office, or your state’s Department of Banking or Financial Regulation.

Yes, if you use it to consolidate high interest debts from credit cards or other loans. To get out of debt faster, make sure your new personal loan comes with a lower interest rate than you’re already paying, along with no or few fees. Paying more than your minimum payment is another great way to pay down debt faster.

Your interest rate will be determined based on the type of loan you apply for, how much you want to borrow and the quality of your credit. Getting the best loan terms and the best interest rate typically requires a credit score of 740 or more, or very good or exceptional credit.

If you were denied a personal loan due to poor credit, the best thing you can do is take a few simple steps to improve your credit rating over time. Pay all of your bills on time, pay off debt to reduce your credit utilization, and avoid opening or closing too many accounts.

Thanks to the internet, you can apply for a personal loan online and from the comfort of your own home. You can also compare lenders, fees, and interest rates by visiting this page.

Because personal loans are unsecured, you don’t need collateral. What you do need is the ability to illustrate how you’ll repay your loan, along with a good credit score.

You can absolutely pay your loan off early; very few loans will charge a prepayment penalty. Before you take out a personal loan, you should make sure you won’t be charged a prepayment penalty if you’re able to repay your loan early.

While applying for a personal loan will result in a hard inquiry being placed on your credit report, any negative hit your score takes will be short-lived. Borrowing too much in relation to your credit limits can hurt your utilization, however, and yes, that could hurt your credit score.

On the other hand, repaying your personal loan on time, and ultimately in full, can actually help your score in the long run.

Depending on your lender, you may receive funds from your new personal loan as early as the next business day. However, it could take up to seven business days (or longer) if you apply for a loan on a weekend, have errors in your application, or your loan takes longer to process for any reason.

The best part about personal loans is that you can use the funds however you want. You can use the cash to pay off high interest debt, remodel your kitchen or buy a newer car, for example.

Just keep in mind that borrowing is never free. In addition to the interest you pay on your loan, you may also incur additional costs, such as origination or application fees.

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LendingTree is our parent company. LendingTree is unique in that they allow you to compare multiple, personal loan offers within minutes. Everything is done online and you can have your loan pre-approved without impacting your credit score. LendingTree is not a lender, but their service connects you with up to five offers from personal loan lenders.

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OneMain Financial offers quick turnaround times and you can get your money the same day if you apply before noon. Interest rates are higher than other online lenders, especially for those with excellent credit, and you will need to visit a branch to get your loan.

OneMain Financial personal loan details
 

Fees and penalties

  • Terms: OneMain Financial offers personal loans for terms of 24 to 60 months.
  • APR Range: Loan APR ranges from 16.05% to 35.99%
  • Loan amounts: The minimum loan amount is $1,500 with a maximum amount of $30,000.
  • Time to funding: Can be same day but is usually no more than one day.
  • Hard pull/soft pull: Soft Pull when you apply but you can see if you pre-qualify, which will require a soft pull of your credit history and won’t impact your credit score.
  • Origination fee: Varies.
  • Prepayment fee: None.
  • Late payment fee: 5% of the amount in default.
  • Other fees: Lien recording fee if the loan is secured with an automobile: $55

OneMain Financial doesn’t offer much in the way of perks, but they do allow you to request changing your payment due date. They also are committed to helping customers understand finances by providing helpful resources.

OneMain Financial offers easy to find educational resources in the form of blog posts, courses, video tips and financial calculators.

From explaining financial terms to providing access to a free money management course, MoneySKILL, OneMain Financial stands by their mission of offering responsible loan products.

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum credit score: Varies.
  • Minimum credit history: Must have some credit history, though they don’t specify the length required.
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratio: OneMain Financial does not specify what debt-to-income ratio is acceptable.

Additionally, you’ll need to be a U.S. resident and at least 18 years old. Over all, OneMain Financial is looking to see that you are able to repay the loan with a stable income and are similarly stable when it comes to where you live.

Applying for a personal loan from OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial makes it easy to get started with a personal loan application. You can either apply online or at a local branch and receive an answer to your application usually within 10 minutes.

The application asks for basic personal identifying information as well as:

  • Your intended purpose for the loan
  • How long you’ve lived at your current residence
  • Your current employer
  • Your current salary
  • Types of other financial products you have, such as a checking or savings account

If you choose to apply online, you will have to go to a local branch to close on your loan. Whether you go to the local branch to start your application or close on the loan that you applied for online, you’ll need to bring the following documents for verification:

  • A copy of a valid, government-issued ID
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of income

How long it takes to receive your funds, depends on how you would like the funds issued. You can choose to be issued a check or a prepaid debit card (up to $10,000), which can usually be issued the same day. Or you may choose to receive your funds via an ACH disbursement which can take up to two business days.

Pros and cons of a OneMain Financial personal loan

Pros:

Cons:

  • Fast loan processing. OneMain Financial’s application from start to receiving funds can take as little as one day.
  • No application fee. There is no application fee required when submitting your loan request.
  • Lots of local branches. OneMain Financial has hundreds of branches in 44 states, making it likely that you are not located far from the nearest branch.
  • Available to those with lower credit scores. OneMain issues personal loans to those with lower scores which other lenders might turn away.
  • High interest rates. OneMain Financial offers loans with APRs ranging from 16.05%-35.99%. If you have a good credit score, you can likely find lower rates elsewhere.
  • Not an entirely online process. It’s not unusual to go to a physical branch location to close a loan, but as technology advances, there are companies that offer a completely online experience. OneMain does provide remote closings in some areas without physical branches.
  • No payment deferral. One perk some lenders offer is the ability to skip or defer a payment once a year. OneMain Financial doesn’t offer such a perk.

Who’s the best fit for a OneMain Financial personal loan?

While you can use OneMain Financial personal loans for a number of different reasons, they cannot be used for tuition or to start a business. However, OneMain Financial is great for anyone with a lower credit score looking to consolidate debt or cover an unexpected expense.

As OneMain Financial interest rates are similar to a credit card, their personal loans are less than ideal to cover anything other than a necessary expense.

For example, a personal loan from OneMain Financial could be great if you have credit card debt spread over several cards. A personal loan from OneMain could help to simplify your finances by consolidating — rolling everything into one monthly payment and having a fixed date to have it paid off. A personal loan could also help you to improve your financial standing as revolving credit is viewed differently from installment loans when it comes to your credit report. Though to reap the full benefits, you still need to make sure you’re making on-time payments.

Additionally, personal loans from OneMain Financial can be used to cover unexpected expenses, like medical care or a car repair bill, as these expenses can sometimes be quite large and require payment quickly. The personal loans from OneMain with their quick turnaround time and $30,000 limit could fit the bill.

However, chances are if you’re working with OneMain, you have a lower credit score and while a personal loan could also be used to purchase a car or vacation, the high APR with OneMain means you’d be better off waiting until you improve your score and shop elsewhere.

Alternative personal loan options

LendingClub

Established in 2007 as a peer-to-peer lender, Lending Club offers personal loans up to $40,000 with APRs as low as 5.98%. Because of the higher loan amount and potential for a lower APR, it’s worth seeing the rates you qualify for with LendingClub, which you can check without having a hard pull on your credit.

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LendingPoint

LendingPoint provides personal loans for fair credit customers. Similar to OneMain Financial, they offer a quick turnaround with the possibility of receiving funds in as little as one business day. LendingPoint’s rates and fees are again similar to those offered by OneMain, though their maximum loan amount is $25,000 with a term of 24 to 48 months. If you need money quickly, LendingPoint gives you the opportunity to check rates while allowing you to shop around for the best deal.

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LendingPoint offers personal loans for a wide variety of reasons, including paying for home repairs, consolidating credit card debt, or to make a large purchase. Their online process can help you to quickly apply for a personal loan, get qualified, and receive funding. While their interest rates can be higher than others, they do offer fast approval and can transfer funds to your bank account in 24 hours.

Peerform

Peerform is another peer-to-peer lender offering personal loans of $4,000 – $25,000 with rates that are capped at 29.99%. Peerform allows you to check your rate without impacting your score. That makes it worth it to shop around and see which lender, OneMain Financial or Peerform, will offer you the best rate.

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Even with a credit score of 600, you still might be able to secure a loan through Peerform. This peer-to-peer lender gives you a customized grade based on your credit score, allowing for you to easily see the rate that you can obtain. While Peerform is great for those with less than stellar credit, you more than likely will be able to find better rates elsewhere.

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Even with a credit score of 600, you still might be able to secure a loan through Peerform. This peer-to-peer lender gives you a customized grade based on your credit score, allowing for you to easily see the rate that you can obtain. While Peerform is great for those with less than stellar credit, you more than likely will be able to find better rates elsewhere.

Peerform personal loan details
 

Fees and penalties

  • Terms: 36 or 60 months.
  • APR range: Loan APRs range from 5.99% to 29.99%.
  • Loan amounts: You can borrow anywhere from $4,000 to $25,000.
  • Time to funding: Up to 14 days
  • Origination fee: 1.00% - 5.00%, depending on the “grade” Peerform gives your application. The fee is subtracted from the loan total. Example: If you request a loan of $2,000 and are charged a 5% origination fee, you’ll get $1,900.
  • Prepayment fee: None
  • Late payment fee: After 15 days, you’ll be charged 5% of the monthly installment or $15, whichever is greater.
  • Other fees: If you pay by check, Peerform charges a $15 fee per payment. A returned payment also incurs a fee of up to $15, depending on state laws.

Many people like the idea of bypassing the traditional banks in favor of a P2P lender like Peerform. Borrowers use the money for things like debt consolidation, unexpected home or personal expenses or to fund small businesses. But these loans are not for everyone — and a Peerform loan can’t be used for certain items.

For example, Peerform prohibits borrowers from using personal loans to pay college tuition or other postsecondary expenses, or for “illegal activity.”

Eligibility requirements

Even though Peerform lends to borrowers with poor credit, applicants will still need to show that their debt-to-income ratio is below 40% and proof of having (or having had) at least one revolving account such as a credit card. Your credit history must not contain any current delinquencies or a recent bankruptcy, court judgments, tax liens or non-medical-based collections opened in the past 12 months.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old (19 if you’re a resident of Nebraska or Alabama), and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You’ll also need a Social Security number, a valid email address and a bank account.

Applying for a personal loan from Peerform

The online-only process is straightforward: Register at Peerform with your name, contact information and salary. To verify your identity, you’ll need to upload or e-mail some form of photo identification: driver’s license, passport or state or federal ID. In some cases, additional paperwork – Social Security card, utility bills, credit cards or bank statements – may be requested.

You also have to show proof of employment by uploading or e-mailing two pay stubs. Those who are self-employed will need to show a recent tax return plus two recent bank statements.

The Loan Analyzer then determines whether you’re eligible for a loan, and at which rates and terms. Once you select the best loan match, potential investors have up to 14 days to review it.

Peerform cannot guarantee that your loan will be completely funded by the end of the two-week period. If investors provide less than 60% but at least $4,000 of your requested amount within that time frame, you can decline this partially-funded loan. However, if at least $4,000 and more than 60% of your request is approved, then the loan is considered funded.

Once the request is funded and the loan completed with the lender, Cross River Bank, the money will arrive in your bank account via direct deposit.

Pros and cons of a Peerform personal loan

Pros:

Cons:

  • The 600 minimum credit score means borrowers with less-than-stellar credit may still qualify for a loan.
  • Peerform offers some flexibility regarding repayment. If cash flow is a problem, you can delay a payment for up to 14 days without paying a late fee.
  • You can opt to accept or decline a partially-funded loan.
  • There’s no prepayment penalty.
  • Those with lower Peerform Loan Analyzer scores face higher APRs up to 29.99% and origination fees up to 5%.
  • The only available term is 36 or 60.
  • No joint applications or cosigners are allowed.
  • It could take up to two weeks to find out whether you get the money, which is a problem if you need the cash right away.

Who’s the best fit for a Peerform personal loan?

Those with lower credit scores who have been rejected elsewhere may still qualify at Peerform. Those with good credit scores can qualify for decent interest rates, with an APR as low as 5.99%.

Borrowers who are able to pay off their loans relatively quickly should find the three-year term manageable, but the cash-strapped may prefer competitors’ longer five-year terms.

Alternative personal loan options

Peerform is just one of several peer-to-peer lenders, including those who offer loans to subprime borrowers. Here are a few alternatives to consider:

LendingClub

Lending Club
APR

5.98%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

600

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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Lending Club offers loans between $1,000 and $40,000 with 36 or 60 month terms. Like Peerform, it accepts applicants with credit scores as low as 600. The APR range is 5.98% to 35.89%. LendingClub is not available in West Virginia or Iowa.

OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial
APR

16.05%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Varies

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

Varies

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OneMain Financial offers quick turnaround times and you can get your money the same day if you apply before noon. Interest rates are higher than other online lenders, especially for those with excellent credit, and you will need to visit a branch to get your loan.

This P2P lender is unique in that it sets no minimum credit score for applicants. However, it has the highest minimum APR among the lenders mentioned here, starting at 16.05% and going up to 35.99%. You can borrow between $1,500 and $30,000 for two, three, four or five years. OneMain Financial does not operate in Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Vermont.

Prosper

Prosper
APR

6.95%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

640

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

2.40% - 5.00%

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Prosper is a peer-to-peer lending platform that offers a quick and convenient way to get personal loans with fixed and low interest rates. The interest rate you receive is determined by their own proprietary “Prosper Rating”. You can qualify for a loan with average credit and there are no prepayment fees, but your origination fee can be expensive, depending on your Prosper Rating.Prosper is not available in Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, North Dakota, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania.

Prosper offers loans from $2,000 to $40,000 for 36 or 60 months. Its current APR ranges from 6.95% to 35.99%. Of the three alternative subprime lenders mentioned in this article, it requires the highest minimum credit score: 640. Prosper does not operate in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.

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Payoff Personal Loan Review

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Payoff
APR

8.00%
To
25.00%

Credit Req.

640

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

2.00% - 5.00%

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The entire goal of Payoff is to help you pay down your debt and they typically don’t like being described as a loan company. They offer a quick, easy, and digital process for getting a personal loan and consolidating your credit card debt. If you have poor credit, little credit, or are continuing to take on more debt every month, you will find it difficult to get approved.

Payoff personal loan details
 

Fees and penalties

  • Terms: 24 to 60 months
  • APR Range: 8.00%-25.00%
  • Loan amounts:$5,000-$35,000
  • Time to Funding: Most loans are funded within 2-6 business days after the verification process is completed
  • Hard pull/soft pull: Soft Pull
  • Origination fee: 2% for 24-month loan, 3% for 36-month loan, 4% for 48-month loan, 5% for 60-month loan
  • Prepayment fee: None
  • Late payment fee: None
  • Other fees: None

Payoff aims for fee transparency: The only fee associated with a Payoff loan is the origination fee.

Payoff members receive other benefits, including:

  • Free monthly FICO® score updates
  • Job loss support
  • Quarterly check-in calls from Payoff’s member experience team during your first year
  • Tools that assess your personality, stress and cash flow to help you better understand yourself and your financial habits

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum credit score: 640
  • Minimum credit history: 3 years of good credit
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratio: 50%

Payoff requires that you have at least two open and satisfactory tradelines on your credit report (i.e. open lines of credit on which you’ve made on-time payments). Any delinquencies (past-due payments) must be resolved before applying for a Payoff loan. You must also have not opened a personal installment loan within the past 12 months.

Payoff loans are not yet available in Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio and West Virginia. Additionally, candidates must apply as individuals — there are no joint applications for spouses.

Payoff loans are intended to help eliminate credit card debt. In some instances, Payoff can help customers consolidate prior installment loans, including student loans. Contact Payoff to discuss your personal debt situation.

Applying for a personal loan from Payoff

To begin the Payoff loan application process, you can visit the website and enter some initial personal financial information to get a feel for the types of rates you may be eligible for. You can also review the terms of different loan packages and select one that best meets your needs.

If you’ve decided to move forward with a Payoff loan, you will be asked to complete the online application process and upload multiple documents. The documents required will differ based on the individual. They generally include:

  • Proof of identification, such as a current driver’s license or passport
  • Proof of income, usually your two most recent pay stubs. (If you are self-employed or can’t provide pay stubs, you may be asked to provide tax documents like Form 1040, Schedule C and/or K-1.)
  • Other financial documentation, including your most recent monthly bank statement and mortgage statement

Payoff recommends assembling all of your documents in advance of your online application, because a partial submission will slow the process. Once you’ve uploaded your documents and attached them to your application online, you may log in anytime to check the status. If Payoff needs further documentation or clarification, someone from the company will contact you. Though the application process is done completely online, there is a toll-free number you can call with questions along the way.

It typically takes three to seven business days after your completed application has been received for it to be reviewed. A Member Advocate will reach out either way to let you know if your application is accepted or declined. If you are declined, you can apply elsewhere or try again after 30 days. If you are accepted, your loan will fund within two to six business days. Payoff does a hard credit check just before your loan is finalized.

Pros and cons of a Payoff personal loan

As with any financial decision, there are benefits and drawbacks to a Payoff loan.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Payoff provides customers with a variety of support services addressing not only the financial but emotional and psychological aspects of debt
  • With just an upfront origination fee and no other fees, Payoff customers don’t have to worry about penalties or unexpected charges popping up
  • Payoff’s APR is on par with competitive loan offerings — you won’t get significantly lower rates here
  • If you don’t have good credit or 3+ years of credit history, a Payoff loan is not even an option

Who’s the best fit for a Payoff personal loan

Payoff is a great option for people with a good credit history who are paying a lot of interest on credit card debt. Consolidating credit card debt with a personal loan can often result in lower overall interest payments. Payoff can also be helpful for individuals who have multiple credit card payments each month, as consolidating these debts will result in a single, easy-to-track monthly payment. Payoff’s quarterly check-in calls during the first year may be especially helpful for individuals who need help staying on track as they start paying off debt.

Alternative personal loan options

Lending Club

Lending Club is an online peer-to-peer lending marketplace for personal loans, auto refinancing, and business loans. Though Lendingclub’s offerings are generally competitive, its funding time is longer than most lenders in the space (can take a week) and its origination fee is a bit higher.

Lending Club
APR

5.98%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

600

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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Earnest

Earnest is an alternative lender that offers personal loans, student loan refinancing and home loans. The company boasts that it gives customers lower rates by using nontraditional financial data such as savings patterns, investments and career trajectory when considering applications. Earnest loans have no fees and are ideal for young professionals with a degree and steady employment who have not yet built a robust credit history.

Earnest
APR

5.49%
To
18.24%

Credit Req.

660

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 60

months

Fees

No origination fee

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Instead of offering credit-based loans, Earnest has taken a very non-traditional approach and used a merit-based system. This is great for recent graduates and those that are just beginning to establish credit. In addition, they offer some of the most flexible terms among all personal loan lenders, allowing for borrowers to get a customized loan and repayment plan that fits their financial situation. Earnest is not able to offer variable rate loans in AK, IL, MN, NH, OH, TN, and TX.

Upstart

In addition to traditional qualifiers like a FICO score, Upstart also considers your education, area of study and job history when reviewing your loan application. The company says once you are approved, your loan can be funded the next day. Upstart also claims its borrowers save 23% on refinanced credit card debt. Upstart loans are subject to a number of fees, including an origination fee, late fees and check processing fees. The lender is a good fit for young adults with a good credit score but a short credit history who want to pay off debt.

Upstart
APR

9.57%
To
29.99%

Credit Req.

640

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 60

months

Fees

0.00% - 8.00%

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Upstart’s initial focus was to help recent graduates that were struggling with debt, but they have expanded to provide options for those with strong credit profiles as well. They have a unique algorithm that takes into account things such as education, career, job history, and standardized test scores, but you will still need a minimum FICO score of 640.

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Marcus by Goldman Sachs Review: GS Bank Takes on Online Savings, CDs, and Personal Loans

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Most Americans probably think of fancy white-collar stock traders on Wall Street when they think of Goldman Sachs, a global investment firm that’s been around since the late 19th century.

In recent years, Goldman made a major pivot, launching a new arm of the company called GS Bank, which would provide internet-only savings accounts to the masses.

They also launched Marcus by Goldman Sachs®, a line of personal loans. Eventually, they decided to rebrand their savings account business, putting it under the Marcus umbrella as well.

Today, through Marcus, you’ll find three product offerings: personal loans, savings accounts, and CDs.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into all three products. We’ll tell you what you need to know before opening an account, including what rates they are offering.

All rates are current as of June 13, 2018.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs savings account

A very high interest rate and no fees make this one of the best savings accounts out there.

APY

Minimum Balance Amount

1.70%

None

  • Minimum opening deposit: None. However, you’ll need to deposit at least $1.00 if you want to earn any interest.
  • Monthly account maintenance fee: None.
  • Overdraft fee: None.

This is a great account for almost anyone. However, before you click that “Learn More” button below, there are a couple of things to know.

No ATMs. First, Marcus by Goldman Sachs doesn’t offer ATM access to your savings account. You’ll either need to deposit or withdraw money by sending in a physical check, setting up direct deposits, or by moving the money to and from your other bank accounts via ACH or wire transfer.

No checking account. Second, Marcus does’t offer a corresponding checking account. That means you can only use this account as an external place to park your cash from your everyday money flow.

Keeping a separate savings account does have its benefits. For example, it’s harder to tempt yourself to withdraw the cash if you’re a chronic over-spender. But, it also means that there might be a delay of a few days if you need to transfer the money out of your Goldman Sachs online savings account and into your other checking account.

How to open a Goldman Sachs online savings account

It’s really easy to open an online savings account with Marcus by Goldman Sachs. You can do it online or over the phone as long as you’re 18 years or older, have a physical street address, and a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

You’ll be required to sign a form which you can do online, or by mail if you’re opening the account over the phone.

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How their online savings account compares

Marcus’ online savings account can easily be described with one word: outstanding.

You’ll get a relatively high interest rate with this account, which is among the best online savings account rates you’ll find today. In fact, these rates are currently over seven times higher than the average savings account interest rate.

Even better, this account won’t charge you any fees for the privilege of keeping your money stashed there. It’s a tall order to find another bank that offers these high interest rates with terms this good.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs CD rates

Sky-high CD rates, but watch out for early withdrawal limitations.

Term

APY

Minimum Deposit Amount

6 months

0.60%

$500

9 months

0.70%

$500

12 months

2.30%

$500

18 months

2.35%

$500

24 months

2.45%

$500

3 years

2.55%

$500

4 years

2.60%

$500

5 years

2.90%

$500

6 years

3.00%

$500

  • Minimum amount to open account: $500
  • Minimum amount to earn APY: $500
  • Early withdrawal penalty: For CDs under 12 months, 90 days’ worth of interest. For CDs of 12 months to 5 years, 270 days’ worth of interest. For CDs of 5 years or over, 365 days’ worth of interest.

Marcus’ CDs work a little differently from other CDs. Rather than having to set up and fund your account all at once, Goldman Sachs will give you 30 days to fully fund your account.

Once open, your interest will be tallied up and credited to your CD account each month. You can withdraw the interest earned at any time without paying an early withdrawal penalty, but heads up: If you withdraw the interest, your returns will be lower than the stated APY when you opened your account.

If you need to withdraw the money from your CD, you can only do so by pulling out the entire CD balance and paying the required early withdrawal penalty. There is no option for partial withdrawals of your cash.

Finally, once your CD has fully matured, you’ll have a 10-day grace period to withdraw the money, add more funds, and/or switch to a different CD term. If you don’t do anything, Marcus will automatically roll over your CD into another one of the same type, but with the current interest rate of the day.

How to open a Goldman Sachs CD

Marcus has made it super simple to open up a CD. First, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old, and have either a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

You can open an account easily online, or call them up by phone. You’ll need to sign an account opening form, which you can do online or via a hard-copy mailed form. Then, simply fund your CD account within 30 days, and you’re all set.

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How their CDs compare

The interest rates that Marcus offers on their CDs are top-notch. In fact, a few of their CD terms are among the current contenders for the best CD rates.

If you’re interested in pursuing a CD ladder approach, Marcus is one of our top picks because each of their CD terms offer above-average rates. This means you can rest easy that you’ll get the best rates for your CD ladder without having to complicate things by spreading out all of your CDs among a handful of different banks.

The only downside to these CDs compared with many other banks is that you can’t withdraw a portion of your cash if you need it. It’s either all-in, or all-out. However, once out, you’re still free to open a new CD with the surplus cash, as long as it’s at least the $500 minimum deposit size.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs personal loan

Personal loans offered by Marcus have low APRs, flexible terms, and no fees.

Terms

APR

Credit Required

Fees

Max Loan Amount

36 to 72 months

6.99%-24.99%

Varies

None

$40,000

Marcus by Goldman Sachs® personal loans can be used for just about anything, from consolidating debt to financing a large home improvement project. They offer some of the best rates available, with APRs as low as 6.99%, and you’ll not only be able to choose between a range of loan terms, but you can also choose the specific day of the month when you want to make your loan payments.

While there are no specific credit requirements to get a loan through Marcus, the company does try to target those that have “prime” credit, which is usually those with a FICO score higher than 660. Even with a less than excellent credit score, you may be able to qualify for a personal loan from Marcus, though, those that have recent, negative marks on their credit report, such as missed payments, will likely be rejected.

Applicants must be over 18 (19 in Alabama and Nebraska, 21 in Mississippi and Puerto Rico) and have a valid U.S. bank account. You are also required to have a Social Security or Individual Tax I.D. Number.

No fees. Marcus charges no extra fees for their personal loans. There is No origination fee associated with getting a loan, but there are also no late fees associated with missing payments. Those missed payments simply accrue more interest and your loan will be extended.

Defer payments. Once you have made on-time payments for a full year, you will have the ability to defer a payment. This means that if an unexpected expense or lost job hurts your budget one month, you can push that payment back by a month without negatively impacting your credit report.

How to apply for a Marcus personal loan

Marcus by Goldman Sachs offers a process that is completely online, allowing you to apply, choose the loan you want, submit all of your documents, and get approved without having to leave home. Here are the steps that you will complete to get a personal loan from Marcus:

  1. Fill out the information that is required in the online application, including your basic personal and financial information, as well as how much you would like to borrow and what you will use the money for.
  2. After a soft pull on your credit, and if you qualify, you will be presented a list of different loan options that may include different rates and terms.
  3. Once you have chosen the loan you want, you will need to provide additional information to verify your identity. You may also be asked for information that can be used to verify your income and you will need to provide your bank account information so that the money can be distributed.
  4. You will receive your funds 1 – 4 business days after your loan has been approved.

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How their personal loans compare

Marcus offers low APRs and flexible terms with their personal loans, but their main feature is that they have no fees. If you are looking for a straightforward lending experience with no hidden fees or costs, Marcus will be perfect for you since you won’t even have to worry about late fees if you happen to miss a payment.

While Marcus offers some great perks, you may be able to get a lower rate if you choose to go with another lender, such as LightStream or SoFi. Both of these lenders offer lower APR ranges and they don’t charge origination fees, though, LightStreamwill do a hard pull on your credit to preapprove you.

LendingClub and Peerform both have lower credit requirements than Marcus, but they also charge origination fees and, being P2P lending platforms, you will need to wait for your loan to be funded and you run the risk that other users might not fund your loan.

Overall review of Marcus by Goldman Sachs‘ products

Marcus has really hit it out of the park with their personal loans, online savings, and CD accounts. Each of these accounts offers some of the best features available on the market, while shrinking the fees down to a minuscule, or even nonexistent, amount. Their website is also slick and easy to use for online-savvy people.

The only thing we can find to complain about with Marcus is that they don’t offer an equally-awesome checking account to accompany their other deposit products. Indeed, it seems like Marcus has turned their former hoity-toity image around: Today, they’re a bank that we’d recommend to anyone, even blue-collar folks.

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Discover Personal Loan Review

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Discover Personal Loans
APR

6.99%
To
24.99%

Credit Req.

660

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 84

months

Fees

No origination fee

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Discover’s personal loan gives you all the benefits that come with a traditional lender – fixed rates, availability in all 50 states, and flexible payment options. In fact, you can get up to 84 months to repay your loan, which is one of the longest repayment terms available. Discover does have a more in-depth application process than others and you may need to speak with a loan specialist to qualify.

Discover Personal Loan Details
 

Fees and penalties

  • Terms: Discover Personal Loan terms range from 36 to 84 months.
  • APR Range: The APR ranges from 6.99% to 24.99% depending on creditworthiness.
  • Loan amounts: Loan amounts can be anywhere from $2,500 to $35,000.
  • Time to funding: You can get a loan decision as quickly as the same day of your application. Funds may be received as early as the next business day. It may take up to seven days if your application has errors, is funded on a weekend or holiday, or you request funds with some disbursement methods.
  • Hard pull/soft pull: Checking your rate will result in a Soft Pull that won’t impact your credit score.
  • Origination fee: None
  • Prepayment fee: None
  • Late payment fee: $39 if payment is not received in full by the due date.
  • Other fees: None

Discover Personal Loans have no fees as long as you make your monthly payments in full and on time. To help avoid late payments, you can set up automatic payment for free at any time. You can also set up the automatic payment to withdraw more than the monthly payment amount if you want to pay off your loan early.

The repayment terms with Discover Personal Loans are more flexible than most personal loan lenders, with 36 to 84 months to repay your loan.

A cool perk that is offered by Discover for anyone to take advantage of (you don’t even have to be a customer of Discover) is the free Credit Scorecard with your FICO® Score. This is a free way to find out your credit score without a hard pull, which means checking your score with Discover won’t lower it.

Discover Personal Loans also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. This means you have 30 days after the date your loan is funded to return the entire amount without fees or interest and the loan will be canceled. However, this does not apply to loans where funds are disbursed directly to other creditors to consolidate existing debt.

Funds can be used for many different purposes, including vacations, financing a wedding, home improvements, moving costs, medical bills, debt consolidation and more.

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum credit score: Discover seeks applicants with “good credit”
  • Minimum credit history: Discover seeks applicants with a “strong financial history”
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratio: Not specified

Discover Personal Loans doesn’t specify a minimum credit score, minimum credit history or maximum debt-to-income ratio required to qualify for a loan. However, their website does say their personal loans “may be an ideal solution for people with good credit and a strong financial history.” The exact definition of a good credit history is subjective.

Discover does specify that in order to be eligible for a personal loan, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a minimum household income of $25,000

Applying for a personal loan from Discover

You can apply for a personal loan from Discover on their website, or you can call 1-866-248-1255 and apply over the phone. If you received an invitation in the mail to apply, you can also fill out and mail the application.

On their website, you do have the option to view your interest rate and monthly payment without a hard pull on your credit. You have to fill out your requested loan amount, state the funds will be used for, the length of term you’d like, as well as your personal information like your address, etc.

After reviewing this information, you can then decide to finish your application or not.

Make sure you have the following information handy to complete your application:

  • An invitation number if you received an invitation by mail or email to apply
  • Income information
  • Employment history
  • Bank account number and routing number for depositing funds via direct deposit
  • Creditor information (balances and account numbers) if funds will be sent directly to creditors to consolidate debt

According to their website, after your loan application is received, a loan specialist may call to confirm and verify your information.

If your information is all correct and free of errors, you can receive a decision the same business day. Funds may be disbursed as quickly as the next business day depending on the disbursement method you’ve chosen.

Pros and cons of a Discover personal loan

Pros:

Cons:

  • Flexible terms. A repayment term of 36 to 84 months is among the longest for most personal loan lenders.
  • Few fees. No origination fee and no prepayment fees. Fees only apply if payments are late or not paid in full.
  • Check your rate with a soft pull before applying. This means shopping around to see your rate won’t impact your credit score.
  • Interest rates higher than some lenders. It may be a good idea to shop around for a better rate. Definitely take advantage of their pre-qualification form so you can compare your rate with other offers.
  • Application process may be more stringent than other lenders. You may receive a phone call after applying to review and verify your information. This seems more stringent than some other lenders.

Who’s the best fit for a Discover Personal Loan?

If you have high-interest debt to consolidate, a personal loan from Discover may help you get a lower interest rate with a flat monthly payment, which also makes budgeting easier than with fluctuating monthly payments. The longer terms offered by Discover may also result in lower monthly payments than shorter-term personal loan options with other lenders.

Alternative personal loan options

Here are some loan alternatives:

Upgrade

Upgrade
APR

5.96%
To
35.97%

Credit Req.

620

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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Loans made through Upgrade feature APRs of 5.96%-35.97%. All loans have a 1% to 6% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan proceeds. Lowest rates require Autopay. For example, a $10,000 loan with a 36 month term and a 17.97% APR (which includes a 5% origination fee) has a required monthly payment of $343.28. Upgrade is available in all states except: Connecticut, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, West Virginia.

While Upgrade charges an origination fee and offers few options for loan terms, you may be able to get a slightly lower APR than with Discover. You may also be able to get a loan more easily with Upgrade since the credit score requirement is low.

Marcus by Goldman Sachs®

Marcus by Goldman Sachs®
APR

6.99%
To
24.99%

Credit Req.

Varies

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 72

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on Marcus By Goldman Sachs®’s secure website

Your loan terms are not guaranteed and are subject to our verification of your identity and credit information.... Read More

Marcus by Goldman Sachs® offers slightly higher amounts for borrowers. With Discover, you can borrow up to $35,000, while you can borrow up to $40,000with Marcus. However, the shorter repayment terms means that you monthly payments will likely be higher with Marcus.

LightStream

LightStream
APR

3.09%
To
14.24%

Credit Req.

680

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 144

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on LendingTree’s secure website

LightStream is the online lending division of SunTrust Bank.... Read More

*Rates with .50% autopay discount.

With low APRs available for qualified borrowers and longer terms on personal loans, LightStream is a highly competitive lender. However, there’s no preapproval process to check rates with a soft pull like there is with Discover, so you have to apply and take a hit on your credit report if you want to see your rate. Plus, in order to get the best rates, you have to sign up for autopay to receive an interest rate discount.

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Best Debt Consolidation Loans

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Best Debt Consolidation Personal Loans

Updated June 01, 2018

Are you stuck under an overwhelming pile of consumer debt? Do you feel like it might be impossible to get out? Fortunately, there are tools that can help you get out of debt faster.

Debt consolidation loans could be a good answer. With a debt consolidation loan, you would use the loan proceeds to pay off credit card debt, medical debt or any other form of debt. You would then have a loan at a fixed interest rate and a fixed term.

Note: If you have a credit score less than 640, struggling to make monthly debt payments and would like to explore your options to reduce your debt by up to 50%, then please click our option below to customize a personal debt relief plan.

Custom Debt Relief Plan

Debt consolidation provides three benefits:

  1. Make payments simple: If you owe a lot of lenders and are having a tough time keeping track of all the payments, then consolidating will make your life easier. You’ll only owe one lender and have to keep track of one due date. There’s less of a chance of anything falling through the tracks.
  2. Lower your interest rate: This is where you have to run the numbers to see if debt consolidation makes sense for you. What’s the average interest rate you’re paying on your debt? If it’s quite high (which is likely if you have a lot of consumer debt), you may benefit from consolidating under better terms. Just remember to only use a personal loan if the interest rate is lower than the one you are already paying.
  3. Improve your credit score: If your credit cards are currently maxed out, your credit score will suffer. When you pay off your credit card debt with a personal loan, you will often receive a boost to your credit score, so long as you don’t start using your cards again. LendingClub did a study and determined that there is an average score increase of 21 points within three months for people who use loans to eliminate credit card debt.

If you think debt consolidation makes sense for your situation, we have a list of the best debt consolidation loans you can use to refinance your consumer debt. Read on for our recommendations.

Personal Loans to Consolidate Credit Card Debt

Start Shopping Here – LendingTree

At LendingTree, you can make dozens of personal loan companies compete for your business with a single online form. When you fill out the form, LendingTree will do a soft credit pull – which means your score will not be negatively impacted. Dozens of lenders will compete and you may be matched with lenders who want your business. You may be able to compare and save in just a few minutes. We recommend starting here. You can always apply directly to other lenders – but many of the lenders we recommend already participate in the LendingTree personal loan application tool. (Note: LendingTree owns MagnifyMoney)

LendingTree
APR

5.99%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Minimum 500 FICO

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

Varies

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on LendingTree’s secure website

LendingTree is our parent company. LendingTree is unique in that they allow you to compare multiple, personal loan offers within minutes. Everything is done online and you can have your loan pre-approved without impacting your credit score. LendingTree is not a lender, but their service connects you with up to five offers from personal loan lenders.

Below are some leading lenders you could also consider:

SoFi – Excellent Credit Required

You can borrow between $5,000 and $100,000, which is the most out of the personal loans recommended here. The fixed APR ranges from 6.20% to 15.37% if enrolled in autopay. You can choose a term of 36 to 84 months. Variable interest rates range from 5.83% – 14.37% APR. Although SoFi does not use FICO, you need to be “prime” or “super-prime” to qualify. That means you must be current on all of your obligations and must never have filed for bankruptcy. There is No origination fee or prepayment penalty associated with a personal loan from SoFi.

SoFi
APR

6.20%
To
15.37%

Credit Req.

No Minimum FICO Score

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 84

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on SoFi’s secure website

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Fixed rates from 6.199% APR to 15.365% APR (with AutoPay). Variable rates from 6.145% APR to 14.685% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi rate ranges are current as of June 15, 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Not all rates and amounts available in all states. See Personal Loan eligibility details. Not all applicants qualify for the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, to qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. Your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including evaluation of your credit worthiness, years of professional experience, income and other factors. See APR examples and terms. Interest rates on variable rate loans are capped at 14.95%. Lowest variable rate of 6.145% APR assumes current 1-month LIBOR rate of 1.97% plus 4.175% margin minus 0.25% AutoPay discount. For the SoFi variable rate loan, the 1-month LIBOR index will adjust monthly and the loan payment will be re-amortized and may change monthly. APRs for variable rate loans may increase after origination if the LIBOR index increases. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account. AutoPay is not required to obtain a loan.

SoFi Personal Loans are not available to residents of MS. Maximum interest rate on loans for residents of AK, OK, and WY is 9.99% APR, for residents of IL with loans over $40,000 is 8.99% APR, for residents of TX is 9.99% APR on terms greater than 5 years, for residents of CO, CT, HI, KS, VA, SC is 11.99% APR, and for residents of ME is 12.24% APR. Personal loans not available to residents of MI who already have a student loan with SoFi. Personal Loans minimum loan amount is $5,000. Residents of AZ, MA, and NH have a minimum loan amount of $10,001. Residents of KY have a minimum loan amount of $15,001. Residents of PA have a minimum loan amount of $25,001. Variable rates not available to residents of AK, OK, TX, VA, WY, or for residents of IL for loans greater than $40,000.

Terms and Conditions Apply. SOFI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in an eligible state and meet SoFi's underwriting requirements. Not all borrowers receive the lowest rate. To qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. If approved, your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including term of loan, a responsible financial history, years of experience, income and other factors. Rates and Terms are subject to change at anytime without notice and are subject to state restrictions. SoFi refinance loans are private loans and do not have the same repayment options that the federal loan program offers such as Income Based Repayment or Income Contingent Repayment or PAYE. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Financing Law License No. 6054612. SoFi loans are originated by SoFi Lending Corp., NMLS # 1121636. (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)

Some of the leading lenders for people with less than perfect credit include:

LendingClub – Minimum FICO of 600

This is a peer-to-peer platform, which means individual investors are contributing to your loan. You can borrow between $1,000 to $40,000
with LendingClub, and its APR ranges from 5.98% – 35.89%, depending on the type of loan grade you’re eligible for. Be aware there are origination fees (ranging from 1.00% - 6.00%) associated with this personal loan, but there are no prepayment penalties. You can borrow on terms 36 or 60 months. The minimum credit score needed is 600. LendingClub is not available in Iowa or West Virginia.

Lending Club
APR

5.98%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

600

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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on Lending Club’s secure website

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Prosper – Minimum FICO of 640

Prosper offers loans from $2,000 to $40,000, and APR ranges from 6.95% to 35.99% . It offers loans terms of either 36 or 60 months. Your APR is determined during the application process, and is based on a credit rating score created by Prosper. Your score is then shown with your loan listing to give potential lenders an idea of your creditworthiness. Origination fees range from 2.40% - 5.00% and are based on your Prosper score. In order to qualify, you must:

Prosper is a flexible alternative with a low-end APR that usually beats a credit card.

Prosper
APR

6.95%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

640

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

2.40% - 5.00%

APPLY NOW Secured

on Prosper’s secure website

Prosper is a peer-to-peer lending platform that offers a quick and convenient way to get personal loans with fixed and low interest rates. The interest rate you receive is determined by their own proprietary “Prosper Rating”. You can qualify for a loan with average credit and there are no prepayment fees, but your origination fee can be expensive, depending on your Prosper Rating.Prosper is not available in Vermont, Connecticut, Iowa, North Dakota, Maine, New York and Pennsylvania.

[Check out other Personal Loans on Our Comparison Table Here]

A Loan or a Credit Card to Consolidate Debt?

Personal loans can be an excellent way to consolidate your debt. Personal loans are best when you have a lot of debt or your credit score isn’t perfect. However, if you have a smaller amount of debt and a great credit score, you can get rates as low as 0% with a balance transfer. If you do have a good credit score, you should apply for a 0% interest balance transfer credit card.

Wait: I Have Student Loan Debt

If you’re thinking about refinancing or consolidating your student loans, there are a couple of things to know.

First, what’s the difference between refinancing and consolidating?

  • Private Loan Consolidation: This involves combining all your loans into one loan so you only owe one lender and have to make one simple payment.
  • Federal Loan Consolidation (Direct Consolidation Loan): Only have Federal student loans? You can combine them through a Direct Consolidation Loan with the government. According to studentaid.ed.gov, “The fixed rate is based on the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans being consolidated.” This doesn’t save you much money, but your payments will be more manageable. For a complete list of Federal loans that can be consolidated, check here.
  • Refinancing: This is when you apply to a completely new lender for new terms – you’ll have a new loan, and your new lender will pay off your old loan.

The difference isn’t all that big – when you consolidate private (or private and Federal) student loans, you’re essentially going through the refinancing process.

If you currently have Federal loans, you need to be aware refinancing or consolidating means giving up certain benefits that come with federal student loans.

That means income based repayment, deferment, forgiveness, and forbearance options disappear. A few of these benefits are forfeited even with the Direct Consolidation Loan. These benefits could get you through an otherwise rough time, so make sure refinancing makes sense beforehand.

If you do have federal student loans, and you’re thinking of refinancing or consolidating, first see if you’re eligible for deferment or forbearance. There’s no reason to go through the process of having your credit checked if you can lessen your student loan burden another way.

If you have private student loans, you can also check with your lender to see if it offers payment assistance. Many lenders are making improvements to their student loan refinance programs and including forbearance and deferment options.

Also, once you consolidate or refinance your student loans, there’s no going back. This applies to the Direct Consolidation Loan as well.

Okay, still think refinancing or consolidating is right for you? You can shop for the best lender to refinance your student loans here.

Shopping Around is a Must When Consolidating or Refinancing

The goal of refinancing or consolidating is to ultimately make your debt less of a burden on you. That means getting the best rates and terms offered. The easiest way to accomplish this is to shop around with different lenders. If you do so within a 45-day window, FICO will not punish you for shopping around. All of your student loan inquiries in the 45-day period will only count as one inquiry. Plus, there are many lenders out there who will give you rates with just a soft credit inquiry (though a hard inquiry is required to move forward with a loan). Always put yourself first, as you’re never obligated to sign for a loan you’re approved for.

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Where to Get the Best Personal Loan Rates Online

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Where to Get the Best Personal Loan Rates Online

Updated June 01, 2018

If you want a personal loan to pay off credit card or other debt, the absolute fastest and most effective way to lower the interest you pay is to apply for a balance transfer, with a 0% rate. You can read our guide to balance transfers to learn about their pros and cons.

But a balance transfer isn’t for everyone, especially if your credit score isn’t perfect or if you need to borrow cash.

A personal loan with a set payoff period a few years from now is often the next best thing with these advantages:

  • One monthly payment
  • A set rate
  • You don’t need absolutely perfect credit
  • You can check your rate without touching your score

There are more attractive deals than ever thanks to some new online lenders and you can see sample rates below for excellent credit and good credit.

Tip: Apply for several loans to check rates. Every lender has different approval criteria and different pricing models – and the difference in rate between lenders (even for people with excellent credit) can be significant. So long as you shop with lenders that use a soft credit pull, you can check your rate without negatively impacting your credit score.

Start Here – Multiple Lenders at Once

LendingTree

LendingTree
APR

5.99%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Minimum 500 FICO

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

Varies

LEARN MORE Secured

on LendingTree’s secure website

LendingTree is our parent company. LendingTree is unique in that they allow you to compare multiple, personal loan offers within minutes. Everything is done online and you can have your loan pre-approved without impacting your credit score. LendingTree is not a lender, but their service connects you with up to five offers from personal loan lenders.

Dozens of lenders participate in LendingTree‘s personal loan shopping tool – including all of the lenders listed on this page. (Full disclosure, LendingTree is our parent company.) With one online form, LendingTree will perform a soft credit pull (with no impact to your score) and match you with multiple loan offers. This is our favorite (because it is easy) way to get multiple offers from lenders in minutes. For people with excellent credit, you could get an interest rate below 6%. For people with less than perfect credit, there are many lenders participating with more liberal acceptance criteria.

Why is this a good way to save?

Banks don’t care much for personal loans because the lower rates earn them less profit than credit cards.

Fortunately, some new companies believe you should be able to get a competitive rate without dealing with credit card intro offers, even if your credit isn’t perfect.

They’re doing it by lending online only without the overhead of branches.

They pass the savings on to you through better rates, and you can check up on them below.

Personal loans for Excellent Credit

The following providers are for you if you want the absolute lowest possible rates that reward a record of no late payments and good income, even though you have some high rate debt you want to clean up.

Unless you get a rate of 5% or less, you’re probably better off with balance transfer deals, but the convenience of a fixed payment and walking away from credit cards makes personal loans appealing.

SoFi

SoFi
APR

6.20%
To
15.37%

Credit Req.

No Minimum FICO Score

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 84

months

Fees

No origination fee

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Fixed rates from 6.199% APR to 15.365% APR (with AutoPay). Variable rates from 6.145% APR to 14.685% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi rate ranges are current as of June 15, 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Not all rates and amounts available in all states. See Personal Loan eligibility details. Not all applicants qualify for the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, to qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. Your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including evaluation of your credit worthiness, years of professional experience, income and other factors. See APR examples and terms. Interest rates on variable rate loans are capped at 14.95%. Lowest variable rate of 6.145% APR assumes current 1-month LIBOR rate of 1.97% plus 4.175% margin minus 0.25% AutoPay discount. For the SoFi variable rate loan, the 1-month LIBOR index will adjust monthly and the loan payment will be re-amortized and may change monthly. APRs for variable rate loans may increase after origination if the LIBOR index increases. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account. AutoPay is not required to obtain a loan.

SoFi Personal Loans are not available to residents of MS. Maximum interest rate on loans for residents of AK, OK, and WY is 9.99% APR, for residents of IL with loans over $40,000 is 8.99% APR, for residents of TX is 9.99% APR on terms greater than 5 years, for residents of CO, CT, HI, KS, VA, SC is 11.99% APR, and for residents of ME is 12.24% APR. Personal loans not available to residents of MI who already have a student loan with SoFi. Personal Loans minimum loan amount is $5,000. Residents of AZ, MA, and NH have a minimum loan amount of $10,001. Residents of KY have a minimum loan amount of $15,001. Residents of PA have a minimum loan amount of $25,001. Variable rates not available to residents of AK, OK, TX, VA, WY, or for residents of IL for loans greater than $40,000.

Terms and Conditions Apply. SOFI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY OR DISCONTINUE PRODUCTS AND BENEFITS AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in an eligible state and meet SoFi's underwriting requirements. Not all borrowers receive the lowest rate. To qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. If approved, your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including term of loan, a responsible financial history, years of experience, income and other factors. Rates and Terms are subject to change at anytime without notice and are subject to state restrictions. SoFi refinance loans are private loans and do not have the same repayment options that the federal loan program offers such as Income Based Repayment or Income Contingent Repayment or PAYE. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Financing Law License No. 6054612. SoFi loans are originated by SoFi Lending Corp., NMLS # 1121636. (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)

SoFi’s believes if you’ve graduated college or went to grad school you’ll be a more responsible borrower, so they may be more likely to give you a better rate, even if your credit history is limited.

For example, if you have $10,000 in credit card debt, good income, and great credit, their best rate could save you as much as 0% balance transfer deals once you factor in the fees for each.

What we like best about SoFi is that they offer No origination fee and no prepayment penalty. If you think you may be able to pay off your loan earlier (or want the flexibility to do that), Sofi is the only lender we reviewed that charges no fee at all. Given their very low rates, we think anyone with good credit should start with Sofi first, and then compare their offer to the rest of the providers.

Amount: $5,000 – $100,000

Available states: Alabama, California, Delaware, Washington D.C., Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington (terms and limitations apply).

Marcus by Goldman Sachs®

Marcus by Goldman Sachs®
APR

6.99%
To
24.99%

Credit Req.

Varies

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 72

months

Fees

No origination fee

APPLY NOW Secured

on Marcus By Goldman Sachs®’s secure website

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If you want to work with a traditional bank, Marcus by Goldman Sachs® can be a great option. With rates as low as 6.99% APR and flexible terms ranging between 36 to 72 months, they offer a competitive personal loan option that is backed by the security and peace of mind that comes with using a bank that has been in business for 148 years.

While Marcus does not state a required minimum credit score, they do seek out people with prime credit, which usually falls above 660 or higher on the FICO scale. Those that meet the requirements will be able to borrow up to $40,000 for debt consolidation and credit consolidation loans.

BestEgg

BestEgg
APR

5.99%
To
29.99%

Credit Req.

660

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

0.99% - 5.99%

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on BestEgg’s secure website

People looking for a process that is fast and simple can’t go wrong when applying through Best Egg for a personal loan. The best features of Best Egg are their simple terms and competitive interest rates for those with a strong, positive credit history. While keeping things simple, they only offer payback terms of 3 or 5 years, which may not be the best fit for everyone.

BestEgg is an online personal loan company that offers low interest rates and quick funding. BestEgg is one of the fastest growing personal loan companies in the country, largely because it has been able to provide one of the best combinations of interest rate and loan amount in the market.

You can check to see your interest rate without hurting your score, and they do approve people with scores as low as 660. If you have an excellent credit score, BestEgg will be very competitive on terms.

Amount: up to $35,000

Lightstream

LightStream
APR

3.09%
To
14.24%

Credit Req.

680

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 144

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on LendingTree’s secure website

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Lightstream is a great choice for people with excellent credit. It is actually part of a bank you might have heard of, SunTrust Bank. They were recently set up to offer some of the best personal loan rates available, and they are delivering. The interest rate you are charged depends upon the purpose of the loan.Interest rates can be as low as 3.09% for a new car purchase (and LightStream does not put their name on your title. They just put the cash in your bank account, and you can shop around and pay cash for the car). Home improvement loans start at 4.99% APR with AutoPay , making them cheaper and easier than a home equity loan.

They’ll also approve and deposit your money fast, often the same day, and give extra consideration if you have money in your 401K or equity in your home.

Lightstream has created an exclusive offer, just for MagnifyMoney readers. (This offer went live in January 2016). Credit card consolidation loans for MagnifyMoney readers are now as low as 5.49% fixed. The highest fixed rate is 14.69%. Just beware: LightStream does a hard credit pull.

Amount: $5,000 – $100,000

Available states: All

Personal Loans for Good Credit

These providers may be able to help you out if you’re not approved for the very best rates or a 0% balance transfer offer. Check those deals first, there’s no real harm to do that, but if they fall through, give these a try.

LendingClub*

Lending Club
APR

5.98%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

600

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

APPLY NOW Secured

on Lending Club’s secure website

LendingClub is a great tool for borrowers that can offer competitive interest rates and approvals for people with credit scores in the mid-600s.... Read More

You might not have heard of Lending Club yet, but they are a big player in online loans. And they offer a wide range of rates and terms based on your credit profile and needs. Generally you’ll need a score of about 600 or higher to get approved.

Amount: up to $40,000

Available states: All except Iowa and West Virginia

BestEgg

BestEgg
APR

5.99%
To
29.99%

Credit Req.

660

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

0.99% - 5.99%

APPLY NOW Secured

on BestEgg’s secure website

People looking for a process that is fast and simple can’t go wrong when applying through Best Egg for a personal loan. The best features of Best Egg are their simple terms and competitive interest rates for those with a strong, positive credit history. While keeping things simple, they only offer payback terms of 3 or 5 years, which may not be the best fit for everyone.

BestEgg (reviewed earlier in this post) will approve people with credit scores as low as 660. If you have good credit and are looking for a loan, you should consider BestEgg.

Upstart*

Upstart
APR

9.57%
To
29.99%

Credit Req.

640

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 60

months

Fees

0.00% - 8.00%

APPLY NOW Secured

on Upstart’s secure website

Upstart’s initial focus was to help recent graduates that were struggling with debt, but they have expanded to provide options for those with strong credit profiles as well. They have a unique algorithm that takes into account things such as education, career, job history, and standardized test scores, but you will still need a minimum FICO score of 640.

Upstart offers loans that look a lot like the ones from the bigger online lenders like LendingClub or Prosper.

They’ll let you borrow up to $50,000 for 36 to 60 months. But the key is they will take into account the schools you attended, your area of study, the grades you earned in school, and your work history to see if you can get a better rate.

So while the range of rates Upstart offers is similar to the bigger guys, if you did well in school, you might find the rate you actually get is lower than what the others will offer you, so it’s worth trying.

You’ll need a 640 or better FICO and your monthly payments can’t be more than 55% of your monthly income.

Amount: $1,000 – $50,000

Available states: All

PenFed

PenFed Credit Union
APR

6.49%

Credit Req.

700

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

60

months

Fees

No origination fee

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Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) offers personal loans with terms up to 5 years and maximum loan amounts of $25,000. The loan requires no collateral and they don’t have any origination fees, application fees, or early prepayment penalties. You will need to join Pentagon Federal Credit Union before you are able to apply for a personal loan.

Previously, PenFed offers a fixed rate of 6.49% interest rate for 60 months. Veterans get extra special attention so it’s worth checking this online only offer. You have to be a member of the PenFed credit union, but that’s easy and anyone can do that online as part of the process.

Available states: All

Personal Loans for Bad or Minimal Credit

Avant*

Avant
APR

9.95%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Varies

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

4.75%

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Avant branded credit products are issued by WebBank, member FDIC.

If you want a speedy process with your personal loan, you can’t go wrong with Avant, who could get you your loan as soon as the next business day. In terms of rates, qualifications, and repayment terms, Avant keeps things the same as most other lending options, though, it is important to shop around to secure the best offer. Avant is available in all states except: Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia, and Vermont.For Example: A $5,700 loan with an administration fee of 4.75% and an amount financed of $5,429.25, repayable in 36 monthly installments, would have an APR of 29.95% and monthly payments of $230.33."

There is no prepayment fee. Checking your Loan Options will not affect your credit score. Just one warning: if you are willing to borrow money at 35.99%, then you really need to step back and think about building a longer term financial plan. You can download our free Debt Guide, which will help you put together a plan so that you never have to pay interest rates this high again.

Avant‘s platform offers access to loans from $2,000 to $35,000, with terms from 24 to 60 months. The minimum credit score varies, but we have seen people with scores as low as 580 get approved.

The good thing about Avant is that these loans are amortizing. That means it is a real installment loan, and you will be reducing your principal balance with every payment.

Amount: up to $35,000

Available states: All except: Colorado, Iowa, West Virginia, and Vermont.

For Example: A $5,700 loan with an administration fee of 4.75% and an amount financed of $5,429.25, repayable in 36 monthly installments, would have an APR of 29.95% and monthly payments of $230.33.

Avant branded credit products are issued by WebBank, member FDIC.

OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial
APR

16.05%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Varies

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

Varies

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OneMain Financial offers quick turnaround times and you can get your money the same day if you apply before noon. Interest rates are higher than other online lenders, especially for those with excellent credit, and you will need to visit a branch to get your loan.

OneMain Financial offers personal loans through its branch network to people with less than perfect credit. You can start your application online. If you qualify, you will have to visit a branch to complete the application. Once in the branch, if you have all of the required documents, you can receive you loan proceeds immediately via check.

You can borrow from $1,500 to $30,000. The interest rates are not low, and can go up to 35.99%. They will also charge an up-front origination fee that is not refundable. You should definitely shop around at other lenders first, given the high cost of the loan and the need to visit a branch.

Amount: Up to $30,000

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If you are a foreign national living in the United States, you probably experienced the extra hoops that you have to jump through to borrow money from a traditional lender.

Few U.S. financial institutions lend money to expats who have an insufficient credit history, and if they do, foreign citizens often have to make a bigger down payment than U.S. citizens. With first-hand experiences of difficulties of borrowing money in the U.S., Rohit Mittal and Priyank Singh, two Columbia University graduates from India, founded Stilt in 2015, hoping to end the borrowing hassle for fellow expats.

Stilt Personal Loan
APR

7.99%
To
29.99%

Credit Req.

No credit score required

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

6 to 24

months

Fees

Varies

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Stilt loans are originated by Stilt Inc., NMLS#1641523 (NMLS Consumer Access). Terms and conditions apply. To qualify for a Stilt loan you must reside in an eligible state and meet Stilt's underwriting requirements. Not all borrowers receive the lowest rate. Rates and terms are subject to change at anytime without notice and are subject to state restrictions. Stilt APR's range from 7.99% to 15.99%. For example you could receive a $10,000 loan with a term of 18 months with an APR of 13.00%, the monthly payment will be $614.48. No down payment is required.

 

Stilt personal loan details
 

Fees and penalties

  • Terms: 6 to 24 months
  • APR Range: 7.99% - 29.99%
  • Loan amounts:$1,000 - $25,000
  • Time to Funding: It takes up to 3 business days for you to receive the funds.
  • Hard pull/soft pull: Soft Pull. It will only do a hard pull if you decide to take the loan and sign the loan documents.
  • Origination fee: It varies by state. In Pennsylvania, for instance, the max is $150, or 5% of the loan amount. The exact fee amount will be mentioned in the loan offer and will only be charged if you choose to take the loan
  • Prepayment penalty: None.
  • Late payment fee:$0 to $25, or 5% of the monthly loan payment, whichever is higher. The exact fee depends on respective state licenses, and is disclosed in the promissory note.
  • Other fees:Fees will be charged if there are insufficient funds in your linked bank account, and range from $10 - $35, depending on respective state licenses, and are disclosed in the promissory note.

When making lending decisions, Stilt takes a holistic view of the borrower’s life. Its data models analyze the borrower’s merit by examining nontraditional factors, such as his/her employment potential and financial behavior based on the information provided.

Ultimately, what Stilt looks for in an applicant is the potential for responsible financial behavior. Expats who have high GPAs, high employment potential, solid work experience and show patterns of responsible financial activities may have a greater likelihood to get loan approval and secure a low interest rate — even if they are new to the country and have zero credit.

Borrowing Stilt funds while in college

If you are an international student, you are not eligible for federal student loans in the U.S. But at Stilt, you can apply for a new student loan of up to $5,000. Granted, $5,000 may not cover your full tuition or living expenses while you are in school, but it may help borrowers cover some of the usual start-up costs, such as room and board and food expenses.

College students can borrow as much as $25,000 if they can show proof of an accepted full-time job offer, and they plan to graduate within six months.

Apart from the loan application process, Stilt’s website offers a wealth of advice on issues near and dear to international students and foreign workers, ranging from basic personal finance to the ins and outs on visa requirements. For many newcomers, Silt’s blog and community board could be your one-stop shop to learn to navigate life in the U.S.

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum credit score: No requirement
  • Minimum credit history: No requirement
  • Maximum debt-to-income ratio: No requirement

Currently, only applicants who physically live in the 12 states where Stilt is licensed to operate are eligible to apply for a loan. You also need a valid U.S. bank account and a phone number.

Your U.S. visa — F-1, OPT, H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN or DACA —must be valid for at least six months. A visitor’s visa will not work.

Stilt also considers those in temporary situations where the expat is waiting for OPT, STEM extension, are on Cap-Gap, or are under H-1B renewals.

Applying for a personal loan from Stilt

The application process is all online. To apply, you will need to enter your requested loan type and amount, the purpose of the loan and your preferred repayment plans.

You can choose a purpose from the 11 options listed in the application, ranging from paying a security deposit on an apartment and living expenses to covering tuition fees and insurance.

While you don’t need a Social Security Number to apply for a Silt loan, you will be asked to fill in the information on the application page. Enter 111-11-1111 if you don’t have one. For those who do have a credit history, their SSN will be included to the file, which may help the borrower get a lower interest rate.

In your profile page, you will be asked to upload your immigration paperwork, financial information and additional documents that could support your case as a trustworthy borrower. If applicable, the things you need to keep handy when you apply for a loan are your: Passport profile page, visa page, U.S. bank account information, I-20, transcripts, resume, job offer letter, four U.S. references and your permanent address in your home country.

Stilt promises to send you a decision in less than one business day.

You will have 6 to 24 months to pay back your loan, but you can also choose to borrow money for a shorter term — 12 months or 18 months.
Pros and cons of an Stilt personal loan

Pros:

Cons:

  • Serves noncitizens. It’s one of the few lenders focused on working with the immigrant community. There are a few personal loans out there that expats without a permanent residency are eligible for, but Stilt is one of the few that doesn’t require a credit history or cosigner.
  • Student-friendly. . Many foreign workers came to the U.S. as international students, but rarely you see a lender lending money to students and allowing them to use the funds to pay tuition. Earnest is another company that offers personal loans to foreign workers in the U.S., but they can’t pay their college tuition with the money.
  • Soft pull. When you apply for a loan, Stilt will do a soft pull if you have a credit history, which won’t impact your credit score. However, when you decide to take the loan and sign the loan documents, Stilt will do a hard pull, which could impact your credit score.
  • Only available in 12 states: If you don’t live in a state where Stilt operates, you need to shop around for a lender that is willing to loan money to non-U.S. citizens.
  • Loan terms are short:You have to repay your debt in two years. This is much shorter than the common term of up to five years that other lenders offer.
  • Origination fee.Compared with some loans that don’t charge origination fees, you may have to spend extra money on origination fees with Stilt loans, depending on your state. Stilt’s origination fee starts at 0% and the max depends on state usury limits.

Who’s the best fit for an Stilt personal loan

The ideal borrowers are foreign nationals who need some financial help to settle down in the U.S. Borrowers don’t need a credit history, a Social Security number, proof of employment or a state ID to be eligible to apply for a loan from Stilt. If they get a loan, it will help them establish credit in their host country. U.S. citizens who have a thin credit file may also consider applying for a Stilt loan if they don’t meet other lenders’ strict underwriting standards.

Expats who’ve lived in the U.S. for a longer time, though, may have obtained a SSN and built some credit. Those borrowers may be able to choose a personal loan from a wider pool of lenders offering lower interest rates, bigger loan amounts or better terms.

Alternative personal loan options

There are not a whole lot of other online personal loan lenders to choose from for noncitizens. We found a few for you to consider.

Earnest

Earnest is another online lender that loan money for nonresidents on work visas, but you will have to have a credit score of at least 660 and proof of a consistent income stream. On the plus side, you’ll avoid origination fees with Earnest.

Earnest
APR

5.49%
To
18.24%

Credit Req.

660

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 to 60

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on Earnest’s secure website

Instead of offering credit-based loans, Earnest has taken a very non-traditional approach and used a merit-based system. This is great for recent graduates and those that are just beginning to establish credit. In addition, they offer some of the most flexible terms among all personal loan lenders, allowing for borrowers to get a customized loan and repayment plan that fits their financial situation. Earnest is not able to offer variable rate loans in AK, IL, MN, NH, OH, TN, and TX.

Lending Club

Lending Club is a peer-to-peer lending platform, which means the funds you receive come from individual or institutional investors who fund the loans for borrowers. LendingClub lends money to non-U.S. citizens with valid, long-term visas.

Lending Club
APR

5.98%
To
35.89%

Credit Req.

600

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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on Lending Club’s secure website

LendingClub is a great tool for borrowers that can offer competitive interest rates and approvals for people with credit scores in the mid-600s.... Read More

Upgrade

You may also be eligible for a personal loan with Upgrade, an online lender, if you are an expat with a valid visa in the U.S.

Upgrade
APR

5.96%
To
35.97%

Credit Req.

620

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

36 or 60

months

Fees

1.00% - 6.00%

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on LendingTree’s secure website

Loans made through Upgrade feature APRs of 5.96%-35.97%. All loans have a 1% to 6% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan proceeds. Lowest rates require Autopay. For example, a $10,000 loan with a 36 month term and a 17.97% APR (which includes a 5% origination fee) has a required monthly payment of $343.28. Upgrade is available in all states except: Connecticut, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, West Virginia.

TD Bank

TD Bank is a traditional bank that may consider borrowers who are not U.S. citizens but have full-time jobs and SSNs. TD Bank’s TD Express Loan personal loans from $2,000 to $15,000, and the APR ranges from 8.99% to 15.99%.

TD Express Loan
APR

8.99%
To
15.99%

Credit Req.

680

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

12 to 60

months

Fees

No origination fee

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on TD Express Loan’s secure website

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Personal Loans in Las Vegas, NV

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Lender

APR Range

Minimum Credit Requirement

Terms

Fees

One Nevada Credit Union

4.00 - 9.75%

No minimum credit requirements

Up to 60 months

No fees

Bank of Nevada

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No fees

CCCU

10.00-21.00%

No minimum credit requirements

24 to 48 months

No fees

Nevada State Bank

8.49-16.49%

670

Up to 36 months

$50-$150 documentation fee

8.50%-18.00%

640-750

24 to 60 months

Varies

One Nevada Credit Union

One Nevada Credit Union has a wide range of personal loan offerings; this includes advance pay, credit builder loans, lines of credit, saving secured loans, signature loans, and calculators. Their offerings cover up to $25,000 for borrowers, and their online application system has been simplified to three steps to help ensure a quick application evaluation.

Additionally, One Nevada Credit Union has several notable member benefits. Their Financial Fitness Program partners with BALANCE to offer members free access to financial education resources such as counseling, budget management, and advice on how to handle your debt.

Bank of Nevada

Bank of Nevada offers business checking and saving, business loans and credit, personal banking and loans, treasury management, and more. Bank of Nevada has offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and Mesquite. Loans can be secured through assets owned by customers or as an unsecured personal loan.

As a local subsidiary of Western Alliance Bank, Bank of Nevada incredibly involved in various Las Vegas, Nev. initiatives. It supports education through the (BE) Engaged summit, which encourages the business community to bolster improvements to the public education system.

Clark County Credit Union

To become a member of Clark County Credit Union, you must maintain minimum account balances at all times. Online banking and bill-pay is free, but Clark County Credit Union does require balance inquiry fees, coin processing, close account early, dormant account, IRA annual fee, incorrect address, and more.

However, there are no notable fees attached to personal loans; the interest paid by borrowers are the only expenses that CCCU members experience with their loan. Clark County Credit Union offers a fixed-rate signature loan with flexible rates, dependant on a customer’s credit history.

Like One Nevada Credit Union, Clark County Credit Union has partnered with BALANCE to offer free financial counseling services to members. They also offer membership feedback options and member discounts at the mobile network Sprint to people living in the Las Vegas area.

Nevada State Bank

Nevada State Bank offers savings and CD secured loans, unsecured loans, and prime credit lines to borrowers. They also have an easy-to-follow guide on all consumer loan rates that are based on your FICO score. Although they have locations near Las Vegas, Nev., they also have an online personal loan application. Nevada State Bank also offers an online loan comparison tool that allows you to compare rates and loan options without needing to go to a branch and speak with a representative.

Additionally, Nevada State Bank offers a grant application process to support organizations local to Las Vegas, Nev. They also involve themselves in the Las Vegas community through donation and volunteerism.

How to compare personal loans online

Many people visit banks and credit unions in-person to gather information about personal loan availability and to submit applications. While this can be useful to get a feel for your lender, or ask questions face to face, it can also be time consuming. When you shop online for personal loans, you can compare multiple loans at once. On MagnifyMoney, we have an online marketplace where you compare options from many lenders at once.

When you shop for personal loans online, you want to make sure you’re getting the amount you need while balancing that with ideal interest rates and repayment terms. The kind of interest rates and repayment terms you qualify for will often depend largely on your credit score. Each lender you look at will likely have a different set of requirements.Although many online loans have different requirements for borrowers to apply, the same general process is followed.

Submit Your Information
The first thing you’ll do is submit your personal and financial information. This can include proof of employment, bank statements, and a report of your existing lines of credit so they can determine your debt-to-income ratio. This information is used by a lender to determine whether you qualify for a loan through them and your potential repayment terms.

Choosing an Offer
Once you submit your information, a lender processes your application, and you’ll receive an offer. When you compare offers, look at APR, loan fees, loan length and minimum monthly payment. This will help you to determine whether the loans you’ve been approved for fit into your short-term budget and long-term financial plans.

Receiving Money
Once you accept a loan offer, the money is disbursed to you. The length of time you’ll have to wait to receive your money largely depends on the individual lender.

LendingTree
APR

5.99%
To
35.99%

Credit Req.

Minimum 500 FICO

Minimum Credit Score

Terms

24 to 60

months

Fees

Varies

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LendingTree is our parent company. LendingTree is unique in that they allow you to compare multiple, personal loan offers within minutes. Everything is done online and you can have your loan pre-approved without impacting your credit score. LendingTree is not a lender, but their service connects you with up to five offers from personal loan lenders.

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