Upstart is an online lending platform that partners with banks to offer personal loans of $1,000 - $50,000. These loans are best for people with fair-to-good credit, who can take advantage of APRs that are typically 5.35% - 35.99% and who may not have to pay an origination fee. Upstart does not have a credit score requirement, but if you have bad credit, you won’t qualify for the lowest rates.
There are a few other things you’ll need to qualify for a personal loan through Upstart. You’ll reportedly need to earn an income of $12,000 or more per year, be at least 18 years old (19 in NE and AL), reside in one of the 50 U.S. states, have a Social Security number and have a verifiable bank account.
Upstart Review Highlights
- Typical APRs: 5.35% - 35.99%
- Loan sizes: $1,000 - $50,000
- Repayment periods: 36 , 60 months
- Upstart loan requirements: $12,000 annual income, 18+ years old (19 in NE and AL), SSN, bank account, no bankruptcies or public records on your credit report, and no accounts currently in collections or delinquent.
- Pre-qualification: You can check for pre-qualification on Upstart’s website without damaging your credit score. You may also want to use WalletHub’s free pre-qualification tool to pre-qualify with multiple companies at once.
- Co-signer policy: You’ll have to go to another company if you want to apply together with someone else.
- Approval timeline: Most applicants receive a decision instantly.
- Funding timeline: You may receive the money as soon as one business day after you’re approved.
- Late fee: 5% ($15 min.)of the payment amount, whichever is greater. However, you will only be charged this fee after a 10-day grace period.
- Reputation: Upstart has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and has very few Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints, compared to other companies.
Overall, personal loans through Upstart typically offer the chance for low APRs, and they’re more accessible than the average personal loan. While other companies could be better options, Upstart is a solid choice. Below, you can see how WalletHub rates personal loans through Upstart in our three key categories: Terms, Requirements & Application, and Reviews & Transparency.
Upstart Personal Loan Ratings by Category
Terms: 3.3 / 5
Requirements & Application: 3.5 / 5
Reviews & Transparency: 3.3 / 5
Overall Score: 3.4 / 5
These scores reflect how close a loan offer is to WalletHub’s definition of a 5-star loan. For more information, please read WalletHub’s full methodology.
The full range of available rates varies by state. The average 5-year loan offered across all lenders using the Upstart platform will have an APR of 24.83% and 60 monthly payments of $26.36 per $1,000 borrowed. For example, the total cost of a $10,000 loan would be $15,817 including a $594 origination fee. APR is calculated based on 5-year rates offered in the last 1 month. There is no down payment and no prepayment penalty. Your APR will be determined based on your credit, income, and certain other information provided in your loan application. Not all applicants will be approved.
Your loan amount will be determined based on your credit, income, and certain other information provided in your loan application. Not all applicants will qualify for the full amount. Minimum loan amounts vary by state: GA ($3,100), HI ($2,100), MA ($7,000), NM ($5,100), OH ($6,000).
When you check your rate, we check your credit report. This initial (soft) inquiry will not affect your credit score. If you accept your rate and proceed with your application, we do another (hard) credit inquiry that will impact your credit score. If you take out a loan, repayment information will be reported to the credit bureaus.
The majority of borrowers on the Upstart platform are able to complete the application process automatically without providing additional supporting documents. Final approval is conditioned upon passing the hard credit inquiry.
If you accept your loan by 5pm EST (not including weekends or holidays), you will receive your funds the next business day. Loans used to fund education related expenses are subject to a 3 business day wait period between loan acceptance and funding in accordance with federal law.