The best place to get a small personal loan is from Discover. Personal loans from Discover have the perfect combination of small loan amounts, low APRs and no origination fees. You can borrow as little as $2,500, and the APRs range from 6.99% to 24.99%, depending on your credit. Applicants generally receive a decision within 3 business days and funding 1 - 7 business days after that. You’ll need a 660 credit score for approval, according to third-party sources.
Other good banks where you can get fee-free, low-cost small personal loans include Citibank, PNC and TD Bank. Or, if you have bad credit, consider Avant. Avant offers loans as low as $2,000, but they have an origination fee of up to 4.75% and APRs of 9.95% to 35.99%. Their minimum credit score is 600.
Local credit unions are another good option. That’s especially true if you’re looking for a loan below $1,000, as credit unions tend to be more willing to lend small amounts of money. And even people with bad credit may be able to get a small unsecured personal loan from a credit union. However, you will need to be a member.
You should be able to join a credit union where you live for free. Alternatively, several credit unions, such as Alliant, Connexus and PenFed, offer membership to anyone in the U.S. who makes a small donation to join, assuming they don’t already qualify for free membership.
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