BB&T Personal Loans: 2020 Review

BBT is a good option if you have fair to good credit and need money fast — loan officers say they can approve and fund a loan in the same business day.

Annie MillerberndJanuary 3, 2020

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Our Take


NerdWallet rating 

The bottom line: Ideal if you’re a good-credit borrower looking for a low rate. Like most other banks, BBT doesn’t offer pre-qualification.

BB&T Bank Personal Loan

BB&T Bank Personal Loan

Min. Credit Score


Est. APR

4.74 - 18.00%

Loan Amount

$3,500 - $50,000

Pros & Cons


  • Co-sign option.

  • Refinancing option.

  • Fast funding.


  • Limited service area.

  • No pre-qualify option.

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Full Review

To review BB&T, NerdWallet collected data from the website, made calls to several branches around the country and compared the lender with others that seek the same customers or offer a similar personal loan product. Loan terms and fees may vary by state.

In December 2019, BB&T Bank merged with SunTrust bank to form Truist Financial Corporation.

BB&T personal loans range from $3,500 to $50,000 with terms from two to five years and annual percentage rates around 8%-18%.

You don’t have to be an existing BB&T customer to borrow, but you have to visit an office to close the loan. The bank has locations in 15 states — mostly in the east and southeast — and Washington, D.C.

Loan uses: You can use a BB&T loan for debt consolidation, home improvements or to fund a vacation, according to the bank’s website. You can also fund an RV or finance a boat.

How to qualify: BB&T seeks borrowers with fair to good credit and a debt-to-income ratio around 40% or lower. Like many other banks that offer personal loans, BB&T uses a borrower’s income and credit history to determine a loan’s rate.

For an unsecured loan, the bank looks for borrowers with about two years of credit history, says one loan officer. Secured and co-sign loan options are also available.

Fast funding: BB&T loan officers say the bank can fund a loan in one business day. In some cases, they say, they can approve a borrower and fund the loan in a matter of hours.

Refinancing: Borrowers can use a BB&T personal loan to refinance another BB&T loan or a loan from another company, loan officers say. You can also refinance a BB&T loan through another lender.

No fees: There are no origination or prepayment fees associated with BB&T personal loans, though loan officers say the company does charge late fees.

No pre-qualify option: There is no option to pre-qualify for a personal loan with BB&T. You must apply for a loan — at which time the bank does a hard credit pull — to know whether you qualify and what the rate would be.

Loan example: For a borrower with good credit, a $10,000 loan with a 36-month repayment term and an 18% APR would cost $362 per month, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.

How to apply for a BB&T personal loan

You can apply in person at a BB&T branch or a loan officer can send you an application via email. In both cases, you must visit a branch to close the loan.

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