What Cash Loans Are and How They Work

Cash loans are designed to provide you with the immediate cash you need before your next payday. These loans are not meant to be used as long term financial solutions, and must be paid off in full by the designated due date. This is because cash loans have relatively high interest rates and are subject to late fees and other charges if not repaid on time. However, if you need fast cash and borrow an amount that you will be able to repay by your next pay date, they can be a very useful resource.

How to Get a Cash Loan

bad credit loan can be acquired either through cash loan offices or, more commonly, the internet. Because the loan amounts are fairly low and usually vary only from $100 to $1000, it is easy to get approved, as long as you can provide some basic personal information and, in some cases, proof. It is possible that your lender may require you to fax in copies of ID or a copy of your recent pay stub. These loans are usually approved very quickly and you can access the money as soon as the next day. Cash loans are very useful for people who cannot obtain loans through banks, usually due to poor credit history.

Cash Loans – Precautions

bad credit loan can be extremely useful in dealing with financial emergencies where you need money quickly, whether your car breaks down or you have unexpected medical expenses. Though it is easy to acquire a loan, it is suggested that you strictly avoid taking out more than one loan at once. This is because both/all loans will have to be paid off by your next payday, and you may find that you are either unable to repay them or that you have no money left to survive from that payday until the next. If you take out another loan to cover your expenses between those pay periods, you will have to pay a higher portion of interest fees.

For this reason, it is a good idea to save a small amount from every paycheck, even if it is as little as 5 or 10 dollars. This will be a great help in the future and the accumulated amount will be useful when you come across another financial emergency.

Implications of Late Payment

If your short term loan is not paid on time, there are several courses of action that can be taken by our lenders. You can find out your particular lender's practices by visiting its website. You should read this information carefully before you electronically sign any loan agreement.

Implications of Non-Payment

When loans go unpaid, this can influence you in several different ways. You should always be sure to negotiate payment arrangements with your lender if you are unable to repay your loan as stated in the original agreement in order to avoid or reduce the following:

Financial Implications - While the fees for short term loans of up to $500 already amount to 15-40% for $100 borrowed, unpaid loans can have even higher charges. Also, the interest charged on loans of more than $500 can be higher. Additional charges for non-sufficient funds can be $20 or more and loans that are more than 15 days past due can be assessed additional charges of up to 10%.

Collections Practices - Our lenders reserve the right to contact you via telephone, text message and email in an attempt to collect the money they are owed. Generally, they will not sell your debt to collection agencies or sue you for the unpaid balance; they will instead offer debt settlement options. All lenders must adhere to the guidelines of the FDCPA, or Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, that was put into effect by the FTC. Additional information can be found at http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fdcpa/fdcpact.shtm or through the lender directly.

Impact on Credit Score - Failure to repay short term loans can have a negative impact on your credit rating if your lender reports to any of the major consumer credit bureaus. This will remain reflected in your credit history until the amount of the loan is repaid in full. This may also hinder your ability to take out short term loans in the future.

Renewal Policy - Some lenders will require you to agree to automatic loan renewals if you cannot pay your loan on the initially scheduled date. This is in addition to other options you may have, including paying your loan in full or making arrangements to pay down the principle balance over time. Please review your documentation carefully for automatic loan renewal information. You should also understand that additional interest and finance fees will be charged if your loan is automatically renewed.

Disclosure of Fees Including the APR

The Annual Percentage Rate, or APR, associated with short term loans is usually between 260% and 1825%. Though this seems high, it is actually quite competitive. These percentages depict what you would pay over the course of an entire year. Since these loans are made to be paid back quickly, they are highly competitive and less expensive than bounced checks and overdraft fees.

APR Comparison Table

14 Days
How does the APR for a single payment small dollar loan compare to other options? Compare your options for the cost of $100 extension of credit for
Product Type (single repayment) Charge APR
NSF + Bounced Check $45.00 1,173.21%
Overdraft Fee $30.00 782.14%
Late Fee $20.00 521.43%
Small Dollar Loan $10.00 260.71%
2 Days
How does the APR of a small dollar loan compare to the consequences of being unable to obtain a small dollar loan? Consider the cost of a $100 extension of credit for
Product Type (single repayment) Charge APR
NSF + Bounced Check $45.00 8,212.50%
Overdraft Fee $30.00 5,475.00%
Late Fee $20.00 3,650.00%

APR Calculations

$100.00 Amount Financed, $120.00 Repaid 2 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 2 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 3,650.00% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $130.00 Repaid 2 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 2 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 5,475.00% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $145.00 Repaid 2 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 2 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 8,212.50% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $110.00 Repaid 7 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 7 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 521.43% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $110.00 Repaid 14 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 14 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 260.71% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $120.00 Repaid 7 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 7 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 1,042.86% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $120.00 Repaid 14 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 14 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 521.43% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $130.00 Repaid 7 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 7 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 1,564.29% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $130.00 Repaid 14 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 14 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 782.14% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $135.00 Repaid 7 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 7 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 1,825.00% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $135.00 Repaid 14 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 14 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 912.50% per 365 day year = APR

$100.00 Amount Financed, $145.00 Repaid 14 days after the borrowing

Interest earned on last day but not the first, so 14 days earning: Per Diem uncompounded Interest = 1,173.21% per 365 day year = APR