Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of LendingClub personal loans.
- Accessible to most borrowers
- Offers joint applications
- Fast funding after approval
- Origination fees
LendingClub is a peer-to-peer company that acts as a broker to match investors with would-be borrowers. You can take out personal and business loans and take advantage of auto and medical financing. Instead of a bank or financial institution, investors act as lenders to fund your loan.
LendingClub’s unsecured personal loans range from $1,000 to $40,000 with decent annual percentage rates (APRs), but not the lowest available. LendingClub charges origination fees and requires fair to excellent credit to qualify. If you have bad credit and are approved for a loan with a high interest rate along with a steep origination fee, you may be better off with a different lender.
|Loan amount||$1,000 to $40,000|
|APR||6.34% to 35.89%|
|Minimum credit score||600|
|Time to receive funds||Within two days|
Pros and cons of LendingClub personal loans
Here’s a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of LendingClub personal loans.
- Accessible to most borrowers: LendingClub requires a minimum credit score of 600 to qualify. However, the best loan terms will go to borrowers with high incomes and excellent credit scores.
- Offers joint applications: If you won’t qualify for a loan on your own, you may be able to apply with a co-borrower.
- Origination fee: LendingClub charges an origination fee of 3 to 6 percent of the loan amount. Most lenders don’t charge this fee.
LendingClub offers personal loans of $1,000 to $40,000, with fixed annual percentage rates ranging from 6.34 to 35.89 percent.
The company considers multiple factors:
- Credit score and history.
- Debt-to-income ratio.
- Loan amount.
- Repayment term (36 or 60 months).
- Any amount owed to other creditors.
To qualify, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or long-term visa holder.
- Have a bank account.
Fees and penalties
LendingClub connects investors with potential borrowers and charges an origination fee of 3 percent to 6 percent for the service. The fee is taken out of the loan proceeds up front. For example, if you borrow $10,000 with a 3.5 percent origination fee, you’ll only receive $9,650. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll be making payments on the entire $10,000. You should factor in the origination fee when calculating the total amount you’re looking to borrow.
LendingClub doesn’t charge a prepayment penalty, but it may charge a late fee.
How to apply for a loan with LendingClub
Because LendingClub is a peer-to-peer lender, the application and funding process differs from other lenders.
To apply for a loan, click “Check Your Rate” on LendingClub’s personal loans page. The lender won’t check your credit at this point but will ask for some information to see if you qualify:
- The purpose of the loan.
- Loan amount.
- Whether you’re applying with someone else.
- Information about your co-borrower, if you have one.
- Your birthdate.
- Total annual income.
- Name, home address and email address.
Based on these details, LendingClub will provide a breakdown of the amount you can borrow and the APR, monthly payment, origination fee and loan term. Compare this offer to other lenders. You may be able to avoid the origination fee or get a much lower interest rate elsewhere.
If you decide to continue with the LendingClub offer, you’ll need to provide a few more details for an official application:
- Whether you rent or own your home.
- Phone number.
- Employment situation.
- Employer name and address.
- Social Security number.
LendingClub will then perform a soft credit check, which won’t impact your credit. A pool of investors will review your loan and decide whether they want to fund it. Before finalizing your loan, LendingClub, like all lenders, will do a hard credit check, which can adversely impact your credit score.
You typically will receive the funds within two days of approval. Once your loan is approved by investors, LendingClub will deposit the funds into your account, and interest will start accruing.
If you’ve had a change of heart, you can back out of your loan within five days of accepting the loan funds. You’ll need to contact the lender as soon as possible to cancel the loan application or disbursement. LendingClub will withdraw the funds from your account, although it won’t be able to recover money that’s already been paid to another source. You’ll be on the hook for repaying that portion of the loan. If you’ve missed the five-day window to return the loan, call the lender. Ask whether you can simply log in to your account and use the loan funds to pay off the loan balance.
But if you keep the loan and make consistent payments, you may be able to borrow again from LendingClub down the road. Eligible borrowers can have up to two loans outstanding from the lender for up to $50,000 total.
Customers can call LendingClub customer service at 888-596-3157. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.
How Bankrate rates LendingClub
|Availability||4.3||LendingClub has a fast funding timeline and a low minimum loan amount, but it doesn’t disclose many eligibility requirements.|
|Affordability||4.3||While it’s not unreasonable, LendingClub’s minimum APR is higher than that of competitors.|
|Customer experience||4.7||LendingClub has a good online platform but slightly limited customer service hours.|
To evaluate lenders, Bankrate considered categories of availability, affordability and customer experience. Availability included factors like time to get a loan, required income and credit score and loan amounts. Affordability included factors such as fees and APR. Customer experience included factors such as online access, customer support and app availability.
Factors that contributed to LendingClub’s rating included its low minimum credit score to qualify, joint application availability, fast funding after approval, origination fee and the higher interest rates compared to competitors.
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