USAA features

Here's a breakdown of some of the benefits and drawbacks of USAA personal loans.

Pros

  • Flexible loan terms from 12 to 84 months
  • Excellent customer service

Cons

  • You must be affiliated with the military in order to join USAA.
  • Higher loan amounts required for longer terms

Founded in 1922, USAA provides insurance, banking, investment and retirement products to members of the US military, veterans and their families. USAA serves over 13 million members today and is one of the largest military-affiliated financial service companies in the US.
You must be a member in order to get a personal loan from USAA. Membership at the bank is open to active or former members of the military and their eligible family members. Cadets and midshipmen may also join.

USAA offers personal loans with competitive rates and fast funding. USAA personal loans can be used for everything from emergency funding to home remodels. If you are looking for a personal loan and meet the membership criteria, USAA personal loans could be a great option for you.

Get pre-qualified

Answer a few questions to see which personal loans you pre-qualify for. The process is quick and easy, and it will not impact your credit score.

USAA Bank snapshot

Loan amount $2,500 – $100,000
APR up to 18.51%
Minimum credit score Not specified
Time to receive funds Within 24 hours

Lending terms

USAA offers personal loans that range from $2,500 to $20,000, with repayment terms from one to seven years — but note that terms longer than three years require you to borrow more money:

  • $2,500 minimum for a one to three-year term
  • $5,000 minimum for a four-year term
  • $10,000 minimum for a five-year term
  • $15,000 minimum for a six-year term
  • $20,000 for a seven-year term

Fixed-rate loans from this bank go up to 18.51 percent, depending on term length and creditworthiness. These interest rates are based on a 0.25 percent reduction for automatic payments.

After a borrower is approved for a loan, USAA Bank typically deposits the money within 24 hours.

Fees and penalties

One of the perks of getting a loan through USAA as a member is that the bank charges very few fees. There are no application or origination fees, and the lender doesn’t impose a penalty for paying your loan off early.

USAA does, however, charge a late fee of 5 percent of the amount due.

How to apply for a loan with USAA Bank

The quickest way to apply for a personal loan through USAA Bank is through its online application. You can also apply over the phone. USAA has a limited number of branches, so it encourages members to use those two methods.

Members of the bank applying for a loan will be asked for standard information like their name, address, Social Security number, income and employer information. Additional documentation may be required.

In many cases, according to USAA, you’ll get your rate right away if you’re approved. Once you accept your loan terms, the money is typically deposited into your account within 24 hours.

Remember that before you settle on a bank, it’s important to check personal loan rates with a few lenders based on your loan amount, credit score, location, income and reason for the loan.

Get pre-qualified

Answer a few questions to see which personal loans you pre-qualify for. The process is quick and easy, and it will not impact your credit score.

How Bankrate rates USAA Bank

Bankrate Score 4.5 Scoring factors
Availability 4.5 $2,500 minimum loan amount and instant approval with fast funding
Affordability 4.5 Only charges late fees and has a competitive starting APR
Customer experience 4.4 Online access and Mon-Fri customer service hours

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