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Payday lenders are one of the best options for instant approval or even guaranteed approval (if you meet specified requirements) without having to measure up as to credit history. In fact, credit scores may not even be relevant to many of these loans and lenders – it’s all about whether you can prove you have regular income enough to repay the loan on time.

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To access LendUp Loans, you need to live in one of the states where we’re licensed to provide loans. Access LendUp via a computer or mobile phone and begin the cash loan application process, which we've designed to take as little as five minutes. You'll have to provide some basic contact information, and we can't fund an approved loan without bank account information from you. We'll also ask for your employment details or the source of any recurring income. Once you enter all required information and submit your application, you can expect an instant decision any time, day or night.
If you have a bad credit score, your best option for getting a student loan is by applying for federal student aid via the FAFSA form, available online at fafsa.ed.gov. Federal student loans don’t require a credit check or co-signer. Many loans, like the Direct and Perkins loans, are given on a need basis, meaning students with bad credit scores still qualify.
“Installment loans tend to be more stable over time because they are typically secured by an asset that the debtor does not want repossessed or foreclosed upon,” according to a VantageScore spokesperson. “Because installment debt tends to be more stable over time, its initial influence on your credit scores is modest. And that’s the reason paying it off doesn’t typically result in a large score improvement: It never lowered the score much to begin with.”
* 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.
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