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Are you in need of some cash? Historically, borrowers have had limited options for a personal loan. You could ask a family member, a friend, or find a personal finance company that offered fixed-rate loans, typically at exobrtantly high interest rates.

Today, however, finding a personal loan brings several more options to the table. While you can still ask a family member, or get a high-rate loan from a finance company, you can also consider using a social lending network. These networks, also called peer-to-peer loans, generally have much lower overhead and as a result can offer much lower interest rates. They're facilitated by professional companies familiar with this type of lending, to simplify things for all parties.

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4.5 stars
SoFi

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From $1,000 to $100,000

SoFi, short for "Social Finance", bills itself as a modern personal finance company, and its clean, crisp, easy-to-use website definitely matches that description. And, with more than $11 billion in loans funded to date and 165,000 borrowers (described as "members"), they're clearly making an impact in the lending industry. SoFi currently has a variety of products, including personal loans, mortgage loans and refinancing, student loan refinancing, and more.

SoFi's application process is straightforward: enter your personal information, such as your name and address, current employer and annual wages/salary, and post-secondary education information, and if SoFi is able to confirm your information you'll be able to see the loan and terms for which you qualify. (If they are not able to confirm your data, you will be asked to enter your Social Security Number.)

There is an easy-to-miss link at the bottom of the site called "Eligibility Criteria". We encourage potential borrowers to look through the information there, as several states are excluded from their personal loan program, and there are other state-specific details to be aware of. Also, it states that personal loan recipients must be US citizens or permanent resident aliens, be of the age of majority in their state of residence, and must be currently employed.

We love that SoFi publishes its personal loan rates and that there are no prepayment penalties or origination fees: "what you see is what you get". At the time of our review, their interest rates on personal loans were as follows:

  • From 5.05% to 10.85% APR for variable interest rate products
  • From 6.20% to 12.49% APR for fixed interest rate products

Loan terms of 3, 5, and 7 years were available for both fixed and variable interest rate loans, in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

SoFi also has several unique perks that we like, from referral bonuses for new members referred by current borrowers (both parties get a cash benefit), to unemployment protection that suspends payments required from borrowers - for up to 12 months over the course of the repayment term - who lose their job through no fault of their own. SoFi even provides help through its Career Strategy department to assist borrowers in their search for a new job!

If you're in the market for a personal loan, you'll definitely want to take a look at what SoFi has to offer. We give them a strong recommendation because of their low interest rates, transparency, and lack of loan fees.

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3 stars
iLoan

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Loan:

From $2,550 to $25,000

If you prefer to take out a personal loan with a company that services your account directly - rather than matching you with a lending network - iLoan might be worth considering. Backed by well-known lender OneMain, iLoan enjoys a long history of reputable service to borrowers. However, do be aware that if you already have a loan through OneMain, you won't be able to apply for a new loan through iLoan until at least 15 days after you've paid off the first loan.

You'll find iLoan's application process to be very straightforward. First, select the purpose of your personal loan - adoption, auto repairs, and so forth - and the desired amount. Then, provide basic personal information, such as banking details, and proof of identity, residence, and income. If you'd like to increase your chances of being funded quickly, take advantage of iLoan's Instant Verification service. This free option uses your banking information to give iLoan an immediate picture of your income, rather than having to submit pay stubs or W2s and can speed up the time it takes to approve your personal loan. Whichever route you choose, most applications for personal loans get processed in 60 minutes or less, with funds being transmitted on the following business day.

Compared with other sources of personal loans, iLoan does have an overwhelmingly positive set of customer reviews. Borrowers have great things to say about the helpful loan officers and other customer service representatives, the speed at which loan applications are processed, and the overall experience of working with iLoan.

However, for customers who are months or years into the repayment schedule, the comments tend toward the negative. iLoan is very upfront with their interest rates, which are definitely higher than many of the lenders we reviewed: expect an interest rate somewhere between 11.24% and 36.00%, depending on your particular credit score, income, and other personal details. You won't know your interest rate until you complete the application process, but customers seem to fall on the higher end of the scale more often than not. You may also get a lower interest rate if you live in Wisconsin and would like to offer your automobile as collateral.

When it comes to iLoan's service range, it is much smaller than most sources of personal loans: Alabama, California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Wisconsin. If you don't live in one of those 12 states, iLoan will not be able to fund your personal loan.

Overall, iLoan enjoys a solid reputation with a parent company (OneMain) that has a long track record in the lending industry. But, because iLoan's service area is so small and their personal loans carry such high interest rates compared with other lenders in our review, you might need to consider a higher-ranked service to get the most ideal terms for your individual situation.

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No matter where you borrow money from, before you get your next personal loan you should consider the following:

  • BBB rating. Does the lending company have a solid history of doing good business with its customers?
  • Loan size and rate. How much will the lending company offer? What interest rate do they charge their customers?
  • Loan application process. When applying for your personal loan, can it be completed online? Is the lending process easy and straightforward?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best online personal loan providers available today. We hope this information helps you find the best loan at an affordable rate that meets your needs!

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