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.
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.
SoFi does a soft pull when checking the rates that a potential applicant qualifies for, which will not impact their credit score. SoFi does a hard pull for anyone who chooses to submit an application after checking their rates. This will cause a temporary credit score drop of a few points.… read full answer
In all, you shouldn't worry too much about having a hard pull from SoFi, as the score damage should be relatively minor unless you've had multiple recent hard pulls. In general, it's best to wait at least six months between each hard pull.
Yes, you can pay off a personal loan early without a penalty – in most cases, at least. Penalties for repaying a personal loan ahead of schedule are very rare among major lenders. In fact, none of the personal loan providers that WalletHub has reviewed charges a prepayment fee. The purpose of such a fee, when it’s actually used, is to help the lender recoup some of the money it would have earned had the borrower paid interest for the full term.… read full answer
Personal loans generally require payment in equal monthly installments over a set period of time. But paying a personal loan off early can reduce the total cost of the loan by giving it less time to accrue interest. In addition, paying off a personal loan early reduces your overall debt load, which can improve your credit score. Another benefit is that you won’t have to worry about monthly payments anymore or have the stress of a loan hanging over your head for longer than necessary.
So paying off a personal loan early is good, provided you don’t get charged a fee. And it’s always wise to confirm that before submitting payment ahead of schedule. But even when there’s no fee, make sure that you can actually afford to pay off the loan early.
For example, if you have extra cash you could use to pay off the loan but do not yet have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses, it’s better to use the money to establish an emergency fund. And there may be additional situations where there’s something more urgent to use the money for than early loan payoff.
There are no personal loans with guaranteed instant approval. Many lenders offer the opportunity for near-instant approval, with a decision minutes to hours after they receive the application. But personal loan approval is never guaranteed under any circumstance. All lenders have some sort of requirements for approval, even those that accept people with bad credit. Plus, getting approved for a loan doesn’t mean that the applicant has the funds yet. It’s rare for a lender to fund a loan the same day the prospective borrower applies.… read full answer
Personal Loans with Nearly-Guaranteed/Instant Approval
LendingPoint: Approval and funding in 1 business day. Instant approval and same-day funding are possible. Requires a credit score of at least 620. APRs range from 9.99% to 35.99%.
Avant: Approval and funding in 2 to 3 business days. Instant approval is possible, but same-day funding is not. Reportedly requires a credit score of at least 600. APRs range from 9.95% to 35.99%.
Achieve Personal Loans: Approval and funding in 2 to 3 business days. Instant approval is possible, but same-day funding is not. Requires a credit score of at least 620. APRs range from 5.99% to 29.99%.
Some lenders will not do a credit check when you apply. But they’ll still require you to have some form of income, along with other basic requirements like providing identification or proof of a bank account. In addition, lenders that don’t do a credit check are primarily predatory auto title lenders and payday lenders that charge overwhelmingly high APRs and fees.
Personal loans are a much safer choice. And even though personal loans with guaranteed instant approval don’t exist, there are still some loans that are relatively easy to get, with fast approval and funding timelines.
The closest thing to a personal loan with guaranteed instant approval is a secured personal loan. This type of loan requires collateral, so you’ll have to put a valuable possession on the line. That could be money in a savings account or CD, a vehicle, real estate, or collectible items like art. Because the lender can keep and sell the collateral if you don’t pay the loan back, it’s relatively easy to get approved with any credit score. Just be sure to ask the lender how long their approval and funding process takes, along with the conditions under which they can take ownership of your collateral.
You might also be able to instantly get a loan from a friend or family member who’s willing to lend you the cash. But you shouldn’t take the money without first writing and signing an agreement to pay it back.
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