NerdWallet rating: 4.0 / 5.0
Good for: Good credit, debt consolidation
Payoff provides fixed-rate debt consolidation loans to borrowers solely for the purpose of paying off credit card debt. According to the company, the average amount of debt borrowers pay off is $18,000.
Payoff is good for borrowers who:
- Have a credit score of 640 or higher
- Have a debt-to-income ratio of 50% or less
- Have at least three years of good credit history and at least two accounts with no delinquencies
- Need help staying disciplined. Payoff’s “member advocates” provide ongoing support and financial guidance as you pay back your loan, keeping you on track and helping you improve your financial health.
- Don’t live in one of these states where Payoff loans aren’t offered: Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, and West Virginia
Payoff at a glance
Loan amounts $5,000 - $35,000
Typical APR 8% - 25%
Origination fee 2% - 5%
Time to funding One to seven business days
Repayments Monthly fixed-payments with option to defer, skip or change payment date
Soft credit check? Yes
How to qualify Best for Debt consolidation
Detailed Payoff personal loan review
To review Payoff, NerdWallet collected more than 30 data points from the lender, interviewed company executives, completed the online loan application process with sample data, and compared the lender with others that seek the same type of customer or offer a similar personal loan product. Loan terms and fees may vary by state.
While Payoff doesn’t force you to pay off your credit cards, it makes personalized recommendations to keep you on track, using quizzes that assess your financial personality, your level of financial stress and how your wealth compares to others’. Based on your results, Payoff will serve up tools and resources to help you stick to your goal.
“Having this personal insight into your habits is huge,” says Scott Saunders, CEO of Happy Money, Payoff’s parent company. “It empowers you to make better financial decisions in the future.”
Payoff also offers:
- Customer support: Borrowers can access customer support via online chat for basic questions. They also have access to a Payoff member advocate to talk about financial goals and get guidance for paying back the loan.
- Payment flexibility: If you miss a payment you won’t be charged a late fee; rather you can work with your representative to create a plan to catch up. Payoff may offer you the options of payment deferral, skipping a payment or changing your payment date.
- Access to free monthly FICO scores
Payoff partners with Alliant Credit Union, First Tech Federal Credit Union and Technology Credit Union — all federally insured financial institutions — to issue loans.
Loan example: For a borrower with good credit, a $20,000 personal loan with a repayment term of 48 months at 18% APR would carry monthly payments of $557, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.
How Payoff compares
How to apply for a Payoff loan
You can check your estimated rate for a Payoff loan on the company’s site by entering your name, date of birth, salary and other details, and answering questions such as whether you rent or own your home. The company conducts a soft credit check, which won’t affect your credit score. You’ll see your credit card balances, and a representative may contact you to suggest a loan amount based on your financial picture (which may be lower than what you asked for).
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Updated April 25, 2018.
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