5 Tips for Completing a Personal Loan Application

Each year millions of people apply to get a personal loan for different financial reasons. It may be needed for a medical emergency or may be needed to purchase a big ticket item such as a boat, motorcycle, or car. Whatever the case may be for you, it is important that you complete the application correctly in order to improve your chance of getting your application approved. Here are some tips for completing a personal loan application.

Review Your Credit Report

Many personal loan lenders use your credit report and score to determine several factors about your personal loan approval and terms. Before you complete a personal loan application, it would be wise to first review your credit report to make sure it is correct. You should check for inaccurate information or anything that could damage your credit score. If you find inaccurate information, you should file a credit report dispute with the reporting credit bureau.

Provide Accurate Information

Many personal loan applications request personal and financial information about you and your co-applicant if applicable. When you fill out your application, you should make sure that you are providing the most accurate information as possible in order not to delay the processing of your application. Before you submit it, you should double-check all important information such as social security numbers, employment history, and income.

Submit Only One Application

Although you may be in hurry to obtain a personal loan, you should try to only submit one application instead of several applications to different lenders. If you have several lenders pulling your credit report at the same time, it can cause your credit score to go down. Also lenders are often leery of giving money to someone who may be trying to obtain loans from several lenders at the same time.

Apply with a Lender You Have Used Before

If you have a good banking history with a local bank or credit union in your area, you should apply with them to obtain your personal loan. Many banks often feel more comfortable approving loans for customers who have used them for other financial needs such as checking and saving accounts. Also they may be willing to work with you if your credit score is not so good.

Read the Fine Print

Before you signed the dotted line on the application, you should make sure you have done your research and read the fine print. The fine print often tells you about terms of the loan and about any fees you may have to pay as part of the loan. If you don’t understand something, be sure to ask questions.

About the Author: Tanya is a writer and blogger with a passion for personal finance. She’s also a regular health contributor, creating content for those interested in a career path as a registered ultrasound technician.