The requirements for an Oportun personal loan are to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. You will also need to have a steady income and live in one of the 12 states that Oportun services. In addition, you will need to provide a valid photo ID. Oportun does not have a minimum credit score requirement.
The minimum credit score for personal loan approval is 585-600, depending on the lender. That means it is possible to get an unsecured personal loan with a bad credit score, though such a loan will likely have an origination fee.
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Your credit score is a measure of how risky it is for lenders to let you borrow money. The higher your score is, the better your chances of approval are and the better terms you’re likely to receive. Your credit score comes from a combination of factors that include your payment history, credit utilization, length of credit history, recent inquiries, and diversity of accounts.
But your credit score is far from the only thing that matters when it comes to personal loan approval. Lenders consider many other factors, including your income, existing debts, monthly expenses and more.
The minimum credit score needed for a personal loan with no origination fee and no collateral requirement is 660, which is fair credit. And borrowers will need good credit or excellent credit – a credit score of 700 or higher – to get the best personal loan rates. Personal loans for credit scores under 700 tend to be for relatively low amounts and have high APRs.
If your credit score is below 585, lower in the bad credit range, you still have options. For example, you could opt for a secured loan, where you put up something valuable as collateral. If you fail to pay back the loan, the lender can take the collateral as compensation. Because this greatly reduces the risk for the lender, people with any credit score may be considered for secured loans.
It’s not hard to get a personal loan in general, but some personal loans are much more difficult to get than others. Unsecured personal loans often require a credit score of 660+, and some are only available to people with scores of 700+.
Some unsecured personal loans are available to people with lower credit scores, but you have to watch out for predatory interest rates. For example, one good unsecured personal loan provider for bad credit is Avant, whose interest rates will only be as high as 35.99%. In contrast, a company like Opploans could charge as much as 199%.… read full answer
A secured personal loan is a lot easier to get than an unsecured personal loan, as the collateral that you provide greatly reduces the lender’s risk. Even people with bad credit should have little trouble getting approved. The tradeoff is that the lender can take ownership of the collateral if you are unable to pay back your loan. So there’s a lot more risk for you as the borrower. You’ll have to decide if you have any collateral you’re willing to put on the line, such as an auto title, stocks, money in a certificate of deposit, or valuable art.
One thing that will make it extremely hard to get a personal loan is if you don’t have any kind of income. You need income to show that you’re capable of making monthly payments. You don’t necessarily have to be employed, however. Your income can come from other sources like a retirement account, alimony, disability payments and more.
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