Adam McCann, Financial Writer
The major bank with the lowest interest rate for a personal loan is Barclays, at 4.99%. Other notable banks with low personal loan rates include PNC (5.99%) and American Express (6.98%), and some smaller banks across the country may also offer personal loans with similarly low rates.
Banks with the Lowest Interest Rates for Personal Loans
- Barclays: 4.99%+ APR
- PNC: 5.99%+ APR
- American Express: 6.98%+ APR
- Discover: 6.99%+ APR
- Santander Bank: 6.99%+ APR
- Goldman Sachs: 6.99% + APR
- USAA: 7.24% + APR
- Wells Fargo: 7.49% + APR
But just because a lender advertises an interest rate below 6% or 7% on personal loans, as many do, does not mean you are guaranteed that minimum rate. In fact, you’ll likely need excellent credit (a score of 750+) to qualify for a lender’s lowest rate. Personal loan providers usually display their APRs as a range. For example, Barclays has a minimum APR of 4.99%, but their maximum is 20.99%. The exact rate you receive will depend on such things as your income, credit score and current debts.
Of the largest banks in the country that offer personal loans, those listed above have the lowest interest rates. A few other banks with personal loans have slightly higher minimum rates. For example, Fifth Third Bank’s APRs start at 8.24% and TD Bank’s APRs start at 8.99%.
If you use WalletHub’s free pre-qualification tool, you can see which major lenders are likely to approve you and what rates you might qualify for.
It’s also good to note that banks aren’t the only place to get personal loans. Credit unions and online lenders are options, too. Each type of lender has its own advantages and disadvantages.
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