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The APR on a small dollar, short term loan represents the amount of your loan, cost of the loan, term of the loan and repayment amounts and timing. Loans on the lower end of the APR range may be for a larger loan amount and for a longer term. Loans on the higher end of the APR range may be for a smaller loan amount and for a shorter term. Depending on your credit needs, and desire to pay your loan off quickly, your lender may only offer you loans with an APR near the high end of the range displayed.
The loan amount depends on your individual needs and qualifications. Typically, Koster’s loans are for $1,000 or less, and first-time loans are usually $500 or less. It’s important to carefully consider your financial situation when determining how much you need to borrow. Koster’s does not recommend taking out a loan that creates a financial hardship or that you may have difficulty paying back.
All lenders are legitimate in one way or another, the downfall here is the interest rates. You need to be able to understand what APR is, the repayment period and the cost of rolling over the loan. When you are applying look for the small print on the about page or in the footer of the website. By law, these conditions are meant to be displayed for payday loans.
This is another method not to be taken lightly. If you have a trusted friend or family member with good credit history and that person agrees to add you as an authorized user onto their credit card, their positive account information will likely be recorded on your credit reports as well. But not all credit card issuers report account activity for authorized users, so you may want to have the primary cardholder ask whether authorized user account information is reported to all three major consumer credit bureaus. It’s a bit of a double-edged sword, though — if you or that person makes any late payments or racks up debt on the card, it could negatively affect both of your scores.
Do not stay trapped in debt taking out a bigger loan that lasts longer than your holidays. As a socially responsible direct lender, we recommend our borrowers to plan a Christmas budget beforehand and borrow only the required amount. Even if you are approved a decent loan amount, be wise to spend less and feel gratified with whatever you have and do not go overboard pleasing people with unnecessary lavish gifts. After all, Christmas is all about happiness that stems from being with dear ones.
* Applications processed and approved before 6pm ET are typically funded the next business day. RISE is offered only to residents in states where permitted by law. To obtain credit, you must apply online and have a valid checking account and email address. Approval for credit and the amount for which you may be approved are subject to minimum income requirements and vary by state.