LendingClub Review Summary
LendingClub personal loans can be a good option for people with bad-to-fair credit, as there are reports of applicants being approved with credit scores between 600 and 640. However, people with subpar credit will likely find themselves at the upper end of the LendingClub interest rate range, which is 8.05% - 35.89%.
Unfortunately, LendingClub loans aren’t fee-free. The LendingClub origination fee is 1% - 6%, and it will be deducted from the original amount you receive. The fee depends on your credit, income and other factors. All LendingClub loans are for 36 or 60 months.
Below, you can find more information about we rate LendingClub loans across three major dimensions: terms, requirements and reputation and see how they compare to offers from other lenders.
LendingClub Personal Loan Terms
|APRs||8.05% - 35.89%|
|Loan Amount||$1,000 - $40,000|
|Loan Terms||36 or 60 months|
|Origination Fee||1% - 6%|
|Late Fee||5% of payment (min. $15)|
|Minimum Credit Score||Fair*|
|Minimum Income||Not disclosed|
|Loan Purpose||Debt Consolidation, Refinance|
|Time to Receive Loan Money||4 - 11 business days|
According to multiple third-party sources
LendingClub Rates, Fees & Other Terms
Category Rating: 3.1/5
- Overall APR range: LendingClub offers fixed-rate personal loans with an APR range of 8.05% - 35.89%. While not the cheapest, LendingClub’s maximum APR is still reasonable compared to most options available to people with below-average credit.
- How rates are determined: The exact rate you can get is determined by many different factors, including your credit score, income, and existing debts.
- Origination Fee: LendingClub charges an origination fee ranging from 3% to 6% of the loan amount, depending on your creditworthiness.
- Late Payment Fee: There is a late fee of 5% of your payment or $15, whichever is greater. You will only be charged this fee for payments that are 15 days or more overdue.
- Early repayment fee: LendingClub does not charge any fees for paying off a loan early.
- Loan amounts & timelines: LendingClub loan amounts range from $1,000 to $40,000, and their repayment terms range from 36 to 60 months.
LendingClub Requirements & Application Info
Category Rating: 4/5
- Minimum credit score: Not disclosed, but multiple third-party sources place the minimum score required to qualify between 600 and 640.
- Minimum income: LendingClub does not disclose minimum income requirements.
- Age: You must be at least 18 years old.
- Citizenship: You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or long-term visa holder living in the U.S.
- Identification: You must have a Social Security number.
- Bank account: You must have a verifiable bank account. Once approved, the loan amount will be deposited into your account.
- Pre-qualification: You can check your potential rates online by entering some personal information. This will have no effect on your credit score, though actually submitting an application will.
- Ways to apply: The only way to apply for a LendingClub personal loan is online.
- Joint loans: LendingClub accepts co-applicants. That means you can apply with someone who has a better credit score and income to improve your chances of being approved.
- Application status: You can check the status of a LendingClub loan application any time by logging into your online account.
LendingClub Reviews & Transparency
Category Rating: 4.4/5
- Better Business Bureau: LendingClub is currently not rated by the BBB due to a “pending government action,” but it has been accredited since 2008. Unrelated to the government action, the BBB site also advises that LendingClub has made the claim that “their company’s name is being used fraudulently in an online scam,” where people pretend to be from LendingClub.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The CFPB has catalogued around 300 complaints about LendingClub personal installment loans. Some of the complaints include difficulties making payments and being charged amounts that were higher than expected. LendingClub has provided a “timely” response to almost all existing complaints.
- WalletHub: LendingClub has a user score of 4.5/5, across more than 1,600 reviews.
- Transparency: LendingClub is transparent about their personal loan terms, which can be found on their website. They could stand to be more open about minimum credit and income requirements, though.
LendingClub scores well for their high level of clarity about their terms and requirements, as well as their overwhelmingly positive user ratings. However, they do have a fair amount of complaints, too.
Summary: LendingClub Scores by Review Category
|Rates, Fees & Other Terms||3.1/5|
|Requirements & Application Info||4/5|
|Reviews & Transparency||4.4/5|
LendingClub vs. Popular Competitors
|APRs||8.05% - 35.89%||6.95% - 35.99%||5.99% - 29.99%|
|Loan Amounts||$1,000 - $40,000||$2,000 - $40,000||$5,000 - $50,000|
|Loan Terms||36 or 60 months||36 or 60 months||Up to 60 months|
|Minimum Credit Score||Fair*||Fair*||Fair*|
In order to provide the most accurate LendingClub personal loan review, WalletHub used 17 key metrics grouped into three overall sections: Terms, Requirements & Application, and Reviews & Transparency. We rated each section on a scale of 0 to 5, with 5 being the best, and then averaged the scores of the three sections to produce an overall rating for the loan.
- The “Terms” section includes information about how expensive the loan is, including rates and fees. It also takes into consideration how much consumers can borrow and how quickly they must pay it back. For companies where APR and fee ranges differ greatly by state, we used data from the most populous state serviced by the company. LendingClub terms do not fluctuate significantly by state, however.
- The “Requirements & Application” section examines how easy it is to apply for a loan and how long it takes to receive the money. It also looks at exactly who is eligible to apply.
- The “Reviews & Transparency” section measures the loan provider’s reputation as well as how clearly the lender discloses its terms and requirements. This takes into account user reviews and information from watchdog organizations.
The average of these three scores reflects how close a loan offer is to WalletHub’s definition of a 5-star loan. For more information, please read WalletHub’s full methodology.