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Emergency Loans

A Personal Loan for Unexpected Life Events

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What Is an Emergency Loan?

An emergency loan is an unsecured personal loan that can help cover unexpected expenses when you don’t have a financial cushion or can’t come up with the cash on your own right away.

While there are different forms of emergency loans (e.g., payday, auto title, or high-rate installment loans), an unsecured personal loan for emergencies is often a better option as it could offer lower interest rates, fast funding, and affordable monthly payments made over a set period of time.

Eligibility is based on your creditworthiness and no collateral is required.

Why Get an Emergency Loan?

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Emergency loans often offer flexibility, allowing you to use the money to address a variety of emergency expenses, and use the funds to help pay for more than one emergency:

  • Home and vehicle repairs

  • Out-of-pocket medical expenses

  • Family emergencies

  • Unexpected expenses and bills

  • Housing, utilities, and food

If you’re taking out a personal loan for emergencies, you can often begin by checking your rate online with a lender who pre-qualifies you using a soft credit check. This allows you to see if you’re likely to get approved and review your loan offers without impacting your credit score.

If you select an offer and continue applying for a loan, this usually results in a “hard pull,” or inquiry on your credit report. The lender will review your application, credit history, and debt-to-income ratio and you may be asked to provide supporting documentation like a pay stub.

If you meet the qualification limits, the lender will approve your loan and provide you with a disclosure. Be sure to read everything carefully before you sign. Even in an emergency, you should know your terms, rates, and fees before you enter into a loan agreement.

  • Loan amounts: Make sure the minimum and maximum loan amounts align with your needs.

  • Repayment terms: A longer loan term can lower your monthly payment, but a shorter term will cost you less overall.

  • Interest rate ranges: The lower your interest rate, the less your loan will cost overall.

  • Eligibility requirements: Loan approval usually is based on your credit score, payment history, and income, among other factors.

  • Fees: Application costs, origination fees, and
    prepayment penalties vary by lender and may impact your total cost.
    Compare APR’s across a couple different lenders to understand the true
    cost of each loan offer.

  • Joint applications: If you think you might not qualify
    on your own based on your credit history, work with a lender that
    accepts co-borrowers and apply together for a joint personal loan.

Personal Loans vs. Credit Card Comparison

Personal Loans

  1. Installment loans can help you pay down debt and take control of your budget
  2. Single, fixed rate monthly payment is easy to manage
  3. Fixed monthly payment and payoff date saves you money over time
  4. Lower average APRs compared to credit cards1

Credit Cards

  1. Revolving credit accounts can lead to overspending
  2. Managing multiple credit cards with variable due dates, limits, and terms is time consuming and stressful
  3. Low minimum monthly payments and revolving compound interest can trap you in a cycle of debt
  4. Higher average APRs are an expensive way to pay for large purchases

What Our Members Say

I had a medical emergency where I was hospitalized. Thanks to the way LendingClub handled the whole process, getting the money I needed was one thing I didn’t need to worry about. It put my mind at ease so that I could just concentrate on getting better.

- Randy, a member from California

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How to Apply for a Personal Loan

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How to Apply for a Personal Loan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Banks, credit unions, and online lending marketplaces, and other lenders may offer emergency loans. Generally, be wary of high-interest loans or lenders that only promise fast funding, especially without a credit check. A reputable online lender that lets you check your rate without it impacting your credit score is a good option.

Some lenders let you check your loan offers with a soft credit check, the type that doesn’t impact your credit scores. If you decide to apply for a loan after reviewing your offers, you will need to agree to a hard credit check, which may or may not affect your scores, depending on your credit profile.

You can use a personal loan for emergency expenses and bills. Typical uses include home repairs, fixing a broken-down vehicle, medical bills, and household expenses. LendingClub Bank doesn’t offer loans for expenses related to education after high school, making investments (including buying cryptocurrencies), or anything illegal.

You can get an emergency loan even if you have bad credit, but you may have fewer options and wind up paying more in interest and fees. In some cases, using a credit card or asking your creditors for a hardship plan may be better than taking out a payday loan or high-rate emergency loan.

Lenders may have minimum and maximum emergency loan amounts. LendingClub Bank offers unsecured personal loans for up to $40,000. The minimum starts at $1,000, but minimum amounts can vary based on state laws.

Our process makes it easy for you to check your rate and apply in minutes. To avoid delays, you can check your to-do list and quickly submit all the required documents and information. Once we verify your information and your loan is funded, we will send the money directly to your bank account.

  1. On average, Personal Loans from LendingClub Bank are offered at an APR of 14.81% with an origination fee of 6.00% and a principal amount of $19,169 for loans with term lengths of 36 months, based on current credit criteria and an analysis of historical borrower data between October 2023 and December 2023. For credit card purchases made in December 2023, the average APR was 22.70%, according to publicly available information published by TheBalance.com. If a borrower pays off a credit card balance of $18,019 with an APR of 22.70% over 36 equal monthly payments, the borrower will pay $6,990 in total finance charges. If the borrower obtains a Personal Loan with a term of 36 months and an amount financed of $18,019 (principal amount of $19,169 with an origination fee of $1,150 at 14.81% APR, the borrower’s monthly payment will be $623 and the borrower will pay $4,407 in total finance charges over the term of the loan, a savings of $2,583 as compared to the average credit card for borrowers with average credit scores.

Savings are not guaranteed and depend upon various factors, including but not limited to interest rates, fees, term length, and making payments as agreed. 

Reducing debt and maintaining low credit balances may contribute to an improvement in credit score, but results are not guaranteed. Individual results vary based on multiple factors, including but not limited to payment history and credit utilization.

Savings are not guaranteed and depend upon various factors, including but not limited to interest rates, fees, term length, and making payments as agreed.

Reducing debt and maintaining low credit balances may contribute to an improvement in credit score, but results are not guaranteed. Individual results vary based on multiple factors, including but not limited to payment history and credit utilization.

A representative example of payment terms for a Personal Loan is as follows: a borrower receives a loan of $19,169 for a term of 36 months, with an interest rate of 10.49% and a 6.00% origination fee of $1,150 for an APR of 14.81%. In this example, the borrower will receive $18,019 and will make 36 monthly payments of $623. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $40,000 and loan term lengths range from 24 months to 60 months. Some amounts, rates, and term lengths may be unavailable in certain states.

For Personal Loans, APR ranges from 8.98% to 35.99% and origination fee ranges from 3.00% to 8.00% of the loan amount. APRs and origination fees are determined at the time of application. Lowest APR is available to borrowers with excellent credit. Advertised rates and fees are valid as of March 8, 2024 and are subject to change without notice.

Checking a rate through us generates a soft credit inquiry on a person’s credit report, which is visible only to that person. A hard credit inquiry, which is visible to that person and others, and which may affect that person’s credit score, only appears on the person’s credit report if and when a loan is issued to the person. Credit eligibility is not guaranteed. APR and other credit terms depend upon credit score and other key financing characteristics, including but not limited to the amount financed, loan term length, and credit usage and history.

Checking a rate through us generates a soft credit inquiry on a person’s credit report, which is visible only to that person. A hard credit inquiry, which is visible to that person and others, and which may affect that person’s credit score, only appears on the person’s credit report if and when a loan is issued to the person. Credit eligibility is not guaranteed. APR and other credit terms depend upon credit score and other key financing characteristics, including but not limited to the amount financed, loan term length, and credit usage and history. 

Any reviews presented are individual experiences and results may vary. Reviews collected and authenticated by Bazaarvoice. All reviews can be accessed at https://www.lendingclub.com/company/reviews

Unless otherwise specified, all credit and deposit products are provided by LendingClub Bank, N.A., Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender (“LendingClub Bank”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of LendingClub Corporation, NMLS ID 167439. Credit products are subject to credit approval and may be subject to sufficient investor commitment. Credit union membership may be required. Deposit accounts are subject to approval. Deposit products are FDIC-insured up to $250,000 per depositor, per ownership category.

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