You may know Barclays mostly for its credit cards and banking products, but in 2016 it introduced a competitive unsecured personal loan product geared toward American borrowers. Barclays’ personal loans are available by invitation only; however, if you’ve received an invitation code and you have good to excellent credit, you might want to consider applying.
Pros and cons of Barclays personal loans
Before applying for a Barclays personal loan, make sure to consider the benefits and drawbacks of the lender.
- No fees: Barclays doesn’t charge any fees for its loan products — not even an origination fee, which is common among lenders.
- Low APRs: Barclays targets people with good to excellent credit scores, and its rates are low as a result. Its highest APR is 20.99 percent, which is still significantly less than that of many lenders.
- Payment flexibility: Barclays allows you to change your payment due date or pay your loan off early with no penalties.
- Invitation-only: Personal loans from Barclays are only available to those who have received invitation codes by mail. These invitations target people with good or excellent credit.
- Slightly longer funding period: Many online lenders make funds available within one business day of loan approval. Barclays disburses funds “in a few business days,” so it’s not the best choice if you need your money immediately.
Barclays offers personal loans from $5,000 to $35,000. Fixed-rate loan rates range from 4.99 percent APR up to 20.99 percent APR, depending on your creditworthiness. It provides 36-, 48- or 60-month repayment term options. Funds are deposited within a few business days after you’re approved for a loan.
Barclays” website says its unsecured loans are offered to borrowers with a “proven ability to manage credit.” Barclays doesn’t provide a minimum credit score to qualify, but those with below-average credit could end up with a rate as high as 20.99 percent. If your credit could use some work, you might want to shop at another lender.
Fees and penalties
Barclays is a completely fee-free lender. There are no origination fees, late payment fees or prepayment penalties. This means that you can pay your loan off early. And if you make a late payment, your loan balance will continue to accrue interest, but you won’t get hit with a penalty.
How to apply for a loan with Barclays
Barclays’ personal loan application is completely online. You can get started by visiting the website listed on your invitation and entering your invitation code.
In order to apply, you’ll need to provide your loan purpose, desired loan amount, name, address, employment information and other contact and personal information.
After you fill out the application, Barclays will request documents with a message sent through its application center. Documents can be uploaded in the application center as well.
Keep in mind that it’s important to shop around before settling on a lender. While Barclays offers low rates and no fees, it’s possible that you’ll find a better deal from another lender. Compare personal loan rates based on your specific needs and credentials as a borrower, including your credit score, location, income, loan purpose and desired loan amount.
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