To get a personal loan from a credit union in California, first search for local credit unions that offer personal loans, then compare their terms and get pre-qualified if possible. Next, become a member of the credit union, submit an application for a personal loan, and wait for approval and funding. Aside from the membership step, the process of getting a loan from a credit union in California is actually pretty similar to getting a personal loan from any other type of lender.
How to Get a Personal Loan From a Credit Union in California
Compare personal loans. Narrow down your choices based on APR ranges, fees, loan sizes, payoff periods and more.
Get pre-qualified. Some credit unions may allow you to pre-qualify for a loan, which will show you your approval odds and the rates you might get if approved.
Pick a loan. After comparing offers and checking for pre-qualification, pick the loan that works best for your needs.
Become a member. Most credit unions will require you to become a member before applying for any financial products. You should be eligible to join most credit unions in the area where you live, work or go to school. Membership usually involves opening an account with a very small deposit.
Apply for a loan. Credit unions may offer applications online or over the phone, but one advantage is that you can also typically apply in person with a loan specialist.
Wait for a decision. You will typically find out if you are approved or denied within a few business days.
Receive your funds. Assuming you are approved, you should usually receive your money in your bank account within 7 business days of applying (or a bit longer if you choose to get it by check).
Finally, it's important to note that if you get a personal loan from a federal credit union in California, it will have an APR cap of 18%. If you get a personal loan from a state-chartered credit union, the maximum is 10%.
To get a loan from a credit union, you must first determine which credit unions you’re eligible to join. Unlike with a bank or an online lender, you have to be a member of a credit union to get any of their financial products, including personal loans. You may qualify by living or working in a certain area, by having a relative who is a member, or by making a small one-time donation to an organization.… read full answer
Next, you’ll have to consider the available options carefully and join the credit union with the best loan. The most important factors to consider include the loans’ APRs and fees, the amount of money you can borrow, and the length of the payoff period.
Lastly, fill out an application and wait to hear back. Many credit unions will let you apply online, but you can also apply in person with a credit specialist or submit an application over the phone in some cases. It usually won’t take more than a few days to get a decision.
How to get a loan from a credit union:
Find credit unions in your area. WalletHub’s credit union search tool can help you find credit unions that you may qualify to join. Several are open to anyone who makes a small one-time donation.
Compare the credit unions’ personal loans. Visit the credit unions or look at their websites to see the terms of their personal loans. Compare things such as the APRs, fees, available loan amounts, and lengths of time available for payoff. Ask about any minimum credit score or income requirements. Use these factors to determine the best loan for you.
Join the credit union. Joining is typically free, but you might have to open an account with a small deposit.
Apply for the personal loan. Most credit unions allow you to apply in person, but you’ll likely have the option to apply online as well. You might even be able to apply by phone. Make sure you fill out everything accurately on the application, or that could hold up the approval process.
Wait for approval. In most cases, you’ll have your loan approved and funded within 7 business days. But it all depends on the lender.
It’s not too hard to get a personal loan from a credit union, as long as you meet their qualifications. However, you shouldn’t entirely rule out banks and online lenders. Many of them have enticing offers for personal loans as well.
There’s no such thing as credit union personal loans for non-members. You have to be a member of a credit union to apply for one of its personal loans, credit cards or other financial products. Fortunately, there are a number of credit unions that are open to anyone, no matter where you live. You still have to become a member to take out a personal loan from them. But becoming a member may be as easy as making a small one-time donation to a charity or joining an organization for free.… read full answer
With most credit unions, membership is limited to people who live, work, worship or attend school in a certain area. Other ways to qualify include working at affiliated companies or being related to a member. You can find credit unions in your area and learn about what products they offer by using WalletHub’s free credit union search tool.
If you don’t find any good personal loan offers from credit unions in your area, you have other options.
Credit unions where anyone can be a member:
Alliant Credit Union: Make a one-time $5 donation to Foster Care for Success.
Aspire Federal Credit Union: Join the Marine Mammals Stranding Center for $25/year.
Connexus Credit Union: Make a one-time $5 donation to the Connexus Association.
First Tech Credit Union: Join the Financial Fitness Association for $8/year.
Georgia’s Own Credit Union: Join the Georgia’s Own Foundation for a one-time fee of $10.
Lake Michigan Credit Union: Make a one-time $5 donation to the ALS Foundation.
NASA Federal Credit Union: Get a free National Space Society membership.
Pentagon Federal Credit Union: Make a one-time $17 donation to the National Military Family Association or Voices for America’s Troops.
SCE Federal Credit Union: Make a one-time $10 donation to the Center for Financial Empowerment.
You can’t get a personal loan from a credit union if you don’t want to become a member. But credit unions are not your only option when it comes to personal loans. You can also apply with banks or online lenders. These options do not require membership, so you won’t need to pay any kind of joining fee. And while some banks and online lenders only service certain areas of the country, there are tons that are nationwide.
It's difficult to say what the easiest credit union to get a personal loan with is, because credit unions typically do not disclose a minimum credit score requirement for approval. However, in general, credit unions are more likely than banks to work with bad credit. Some credit unions may also offer secured personal loans, which are easy to qualify for but require collateral. But many credit unions will require secured loans to be secured by money in a bank account, so they're more for building credit.… read full answer
To get a personal loan from a credit union, you must be a member. Most credit unions only accept people who live, work, go to school, or worship in a certain geographical area or who belong to certain companies or organizations. Your best bet is to call local credit unions for which you are eligible and ask if they will consider you with your current credit score. There are also a number of national credit unions that anyone can join that you may want to consider, such as Navy Federal CU, First Tech FCU and Alliant CU.
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