Major personal loan requirements include being at least 18 years old, having a bank account, and having enough income or assets to afford monthly loan payments. Credit history also plays an important role. Specific personal loan requirements vary by lender, however. Avant requires a credit score of 600 or higher, for example, while Prosper sets the bar at 640 and SoFi asks for 680. Most lenders don’t disclose annual income requirements, but two exceptions are LendingPoint ($20,000+) and Citibank ($10,500+).
Some personal loans may have additional requirements, such as collateral to secure the loan. Lenders will also look at plenty of other factors when you apply, including your existing debt, employment status and housing payments.
Personal loan requirements:
18+ years old. A loan is a binding contract, and most states won’t let you enter into a binding contract unless you are at least 18. Lenders generally do not offer loans to minors as a result.
SSN and U.S. residency. Many (but not all) lenders will only make loans to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. You may be required to have a Social Security number. Some lenders allow applicants to use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number or a Visa instead.
Bank account. Lenders usually send the funds as a direct deposit to a bank account. Certain types of loans, such as ones where you provide collateral, may not require you to have a bank account. But most loans will.
Steady income. Lenders need to be confident that you will repay the loan. So you will need to demonstrate that you have a source of income and/or significant assets. Lenders don’t generally disclose minimum income requirements, but you must be able to manage your monthly payments in addition to any other debts/expenses you have.
600-700+ credit score. Lenders will require that you meet a certain credit score threshold for approval. Among some of the most popular lenders, that ranges from 600 to 700. However, these requirements aren’t set in stone. Having a high income might help boost a low score, and vice versa.
Reasonable financial obligations. If the lender determines that you already owe too much money relative to your income and assets (i.e. the amount you can afford to pay back), you probably won’t qualify. Lenders will also consider monthly expenses like housing payments that will decrease the amount of money you can put toward repaying a loan.
Stable employment. It’s not impossible to get a loan if you don’t have a job. But if you’re unemployed you’ll need a strong alternative source of income, such as a pension, government benefits or investments.
Overall, good credit and disposable income are the two most important personal loan requirements. WalletHub allows you to compare personal loans and see what credit score they require. You can also check your latest credit score for free on WalletHub. The loan’s issuer will be able to provide more detailed information about other requirements.
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