Editorial Review

OneMain Financial Personal Loans: 2019 Review

OneMain considers traditional factors like credit history and accepts bad credit scores. Obtaining funds may require a branch visit.

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Our Take

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

The Bottom Line: OneMain is an option for bad credit borrowers, but it comes with high starting rates and an origination fee.

OneMain

on OneMain Financial's website

on OneMain Financial's website

Min. Credit Score

None

Est. APR

18.00-35.99%

Loan Amount

$1,500-$20,000

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Fast funding.

  • Co-sign option.

  • Free credit score access.

Cons
  • Charges origination fee.

  • Rates are high compared to other lenders that serve similar borrowers.

Compare to Other Lenders

OneMain
Avant
Upgrade
Est. APR

18.00-35.99%

Est. APR

9.95-35.99%

Est. APR

6.98-35.89%

Loan Term

2 to 5 years

Loan Term

2 to 5 years

Loan Term

3 to 5 years

Loan Amount

$1,500-$20,000

Loan Amount

$2,000-$35,000

Loan Amount

$1,000-$50,000

Min. Credit Score

None

Min. Credit Score

580

Min. Credit Score

600

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Full Review

To review OneMain Financial, NerdWallet collected more than 30 data points from the lender, interviewed company executives and compared the lender with others that seek the same customer or offer a similar personal loan product. Loan terms and fees may vary by state.

OneMain’s personal loans are commonly used for debt consolidation, wedding and medical expenses, home improvement projects and auto financing. The lender considers traditional factors such as credit history and debt-to-income ratio when evaluating borrowers.

Best of 2019: NerdWallet recognized OneMain Financial among our list of Best Personal Loans of 2019 in the category of bad credit. OneMain has no minimum credit score requirement.

High rates: OneMain’s starting annual percentage rate is higher than rates charged by other online lenders that cater to people with low credit, such as Avant and Upgrade. OneMain’s APRs top out at 35.99% and include an origination fee, charged as either a flat fee ($30 to $150) or a percentage of your loan amount (1% to 5%).

Fast cash: OneMain provides fast loans; you can complete an application and receive a decision in less than 10 minutes. Once you’ve been approved, you can receive funds as soon as the same day by check, or one to two business days via bank payment.

Funding time also varies based on what time you submit the application, the number of documents required and how long it takes you to submit the documents to get your application approved, according to OneMain.

Secured loan option: You can also apply for a loan that is secured with a car title or other collateral, which may help you qualify for a lower APR, larger loan amount or longer loan term compared with an unsecured loan.

As with any secured loan, if you can’t make your loan payments, you could end up losing your vehicle or other collateral.

OneMain may offer optional credit insurance with secured loans. This insurance adds to your costs and may not be needed, so learn about the pros and cons before you buy it.

Free credit score: Approved OneMain borrowers have free access to their VantageScore, a consumer credit score that’s a competitor to FICO. The score is sometimes used by personal loan providers to evaluate borrowers and underwrite loans.

How to qualify: 

  • Minimum credit score: None; average is 600 to 650.

  • Minimum credit history: Not provided.

  • Minimum annual income: None.

  • Debt-to-income ratio: Not provided.

Loan example: For a borrower with bad credit, a $10,000 unsecured personal loan with a repayment term of two years at 27.2% APR would carry monthly payments of $545, according to NerdWallet’s personal loan calculator.

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How to apply for a OneMain Financial loan

You can apply by submitting your personal, employment and financial information at OneMain’s website. You’ll get an email with a decision on your application, and a representative will contact you to schedule an appointment at a branch office to discuss your options and verify your information. If there is no branch nearby, you may be able do this step remotely.

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