Today, consumers have many choices when it comes to financing. Credit cards, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, and personal loans are all options for borrowing needed funds. Personal loans can be a convenient way to borrow money for expenses up to $25,000 and are paid in monthly installments.
What is a personal loan?
A personal loan, also known as an installment loan, is money borrowed from a financial institution. This is normally from a bank, credit union or lender and you pay back in fixed monthly payments. Personal loans have a typical term of 1 to 5 years, with varying lender rates from 3% to 36% APR. To determine if a personal loan will fit your needs, consider the following benefits:
Benefits of Personal Loans
- Take care of unexpected expenses. Personal loans allow you to pay for unexpected expenses such as car repairs, home repairs, medical bills, or other emergencies. Personal loans can spread the cost of unexpected expenses over a period of time, making less of an impact on your monthly budget.
- Make your monthly budget more predictable. Because personal loans are typically paid in monthly installments, you know how much your payment is each month. Using a personal loan for unexpected expenses or debt consolidation can help you in your monthly budget process. You can manage or predict your monthly expenses more accurately and plan for future expenditures.
- Use a product or service now and pay over time. With a personal loan, you can enjoy new furniture, a home improvement project, or a vacation now and pay over a period of time. Maybe you have been putting off taking a family vacation because of your current budget. A personal loan could make it possible for you to take the vacation now and pay for it over a period of time with a payment that will fit in your current monthly budget.
- Simplify monthly payments. Making your monthly payments on time is crucial to your credit score and financial health. Using a personal loan to consolidate existing debt can simplify your finances by having fewer creditors to pay and fewer due dates to remember each month. Additionally, if you use recurring payments, your bills will be paid on time each month.
Learn More about Personal loans
You can learn more about personal loans from our partners at the American Financial Services Association (AFSA). The AFSA Education Foundation provides information to educate consumers of all ages on personal finance concepts, responsible money management skills, and to help promote an understanding of the credit process. You can learn more by visiting afsaef.org.
Could a personal loan fit your current situation? We’ve made it simple to apply. You can apply online for a personal loan, by phone, or by visiting one of our branch locations. Our staff can help you find a solution for your unique situation.
†We offer personal loans from $1,000 to $25,000, with loans terms from 12 to 60 months. Minimum and maximum amounts dependent on an applicant’s state of residence and the underwriting of the loan. Loans between $1,500 and $15,000 may be funded online. Loans greater than $15,000 or less than $1,500 are funded through our branch network. Specific interest rates and fees are determined as permitted under applicable state law and depend upon loan amount, term, and the applicant’s ability to meet our credit criteria, including, but not limited to, credit history, income, debt payment obligations, and other factors such as availability of collateral. Not all rates and loan amounts are available in all states. Additional fees may apply to some loan offers; some state required and/or permitted fees may be treated as prepaid finance charges. Any such charges shall be in addition to the loan amount requested and/or approved and shall be fully disclosed to the applicant on his/her loan agreement. Not all applicants will qualify for the lowest rates or larger loan amounts, which may require a first lien on a motor vehicle not more than ten years old titled in the applicant’s name with valid insurance. Our loan by phone and online closing process requires a compatible mobile or computer device on which you can access your email and electronic documents. Not all loan types are eligible for loan by phone or online loan closing.
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account. As a result, under our customer identification program, we must ask for your name, street address, mailing address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver's license or other identifying documents.
*The process uses a “soft” credit inquiry to determine whether a loan offer is available, which does not impact your credit score. If you continue with the application process online and accept a loan offer, or are referred to a branch and continue your application there, we will pull your credit report and credit score again using a “hard” credit inquiry. This “hard” credit inquiry may impact your credit score.