No, SoFi does not allow cosigners on personal loans, but it does allow joint applicants. Joint applications enable two people to apply for a SoFi personal loan together, then share equal responsibility for paying back the loan.
There are two major differences between having a cosigner and submitting a joint application for a personal loan. For starters, during the application process, a cosigner's credit and income matter more than those of the primary applicant. In contrast, with a joint application, both people's credit score and income matter equally.
The other major difference between having a cosigner and submitting a joint application has to do with the repayment process. A cosigner is only responsible for making payments if the primary applicant fails to do so. Conversely, joint applicants both share the same level of responsibility for regular monthly payments.
SoFi requires a minimum credit score of 680 to qualify for a loan. That means the SoFi personal loan credit score requirement is in the fair credit range, which is on par with most other lenders' credit score requirements.
Keep in mind that just having a 680 credit score is not enough to qualify you for a SoFi personal loan. SoFi will consider your entire financial profile, including things like your income, existing debts and recent credit inquiries, when deciding whether to approve you. It's also worth noting that some applicants might be able to get a personal loan from SoFi with a slightly lower score if it's offset by other factors like an especially high income. But it's best to wait to apply until your score meets the threshold.… read full answer
If you're unsure of what your current credit score is, you can check it for free on WalletHub. You can also pre-qualify for a SoFi personal loan online to gauge your chances of getting approved with your current credit score.
Yes, you can get a personal loan with a credit score of 550. You could consider getting a secured personal loan, applying for an unsecured personal loan with a co-signer, borrowing from family and friends, and checking with local credit unions which usually have a lower requirement over credit score.
It’s very difficult to get an unsecured personal loan with a credit score under 550 on your own, without the help of a co-signer whose credit score is higher. Even the loans with the most lenient approval standards require a credit score of 580. The personal loans with the lowest minimum credit score requirements are from LendingPoint (580+ score required) and Avant (600+).
So pursuing one of these alternative methods can help increase your chances of getting the funding you need.
How to Get Personal Loans for a Credit Score Under 550
Get a secured personal loan. A secured personal loan requires collateral. So you’ll have to put something of value on the line – money in an account or certificate of deposit, for example – that the lender can keep if you default. But your odds of approval will be high, since there’s little risk to the lender.
Apply for an unsecured personal loan with a co-signer. Applying for an unsecured personal loan with a co-signer lets you use someone else’s high credit score to boost your approval chances. The co-signer promises to pay the loan back if you can’t. Only some personal loan providers offer a co-signer option. Some examples are Citizens Bank, PNC and SoFi.
Borrow from family/friends. These people will likely be more sympathetic to your situation and will not care as much what your credit score is. They also won’t be able to do a hard pull of your credit and damage your score further. Depending on the person from whom you borrow, you might get much better terms than you would from a traditional lender.
See if local credit unions will consider you. According to the credit bureau Experian, some credit unions will offer unsecured personal loans even to people with bad credit. That’s due to credit unions having a more personal connection with their customers and being not-for-profit organizations.
One non-loan way to finance purchases with bad credit is through a credit card. However, credit cards for bad credit are not ideal. Secured credit cards require a security deposit that becomes your credit limit, so that essentially means you’re not borrowing (or at least you’re borrowing from yourself). And unsecured cards for bad credit have high rates and fees.
You can see your odds of getting approved for a personal loan without hurting your credit score by using WalletHub’s free pre-qualification tool. But if your expense isn’t especially urgent, it may be worth waiting a few months to improve your credit score.
The minimum credit score for personal loan approval is 580, 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.
For your reference, WalletHub researched some of the most popular lenders to find out more about their specific loan requirements.… read full answer
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.
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