Editorial Review

PNC Personal Loans: 2019 Review

Existing customers get a discount on already low rates if they choose auto payment from their PNC checking account.

Steve NicastroAugust 15, 2019

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Our Take

4.0

NerdWallet rating 

The Bottom Line: A good option if you have an existing PNC account or want to bring along a co-signer.

PNC Bank Personal Loan

PNC Bank Personal Loan

Min. Credit Score

None

Est. APR

5.99-29.49%

Loan Amount

$1,000-$35,000

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Low rates

  • Fast funding

  • Co-sign option

Cons
  • Hard credit pull

  • Late fee

  • Available in limited number of states

Full Review

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

PNC Bank is the ninth largest bank in the U.S. by total assets. Its unsecured personal loans are an option for one-time borrowing needs, such as debt consolidation, home improvements or emergency expenses.

Approval depends on your credit score, income and debt-to-income ratio, which are weighed evenly on applications, according to a PNC customer service representative.

No specific credit score requirements were disclosed, but you’ll likely need fair to good credit to qualify. According to PNC’s 2017 annual report, most of its consumer loan borrowers have a FICO score of at least 650.

Co-applicants can be added to applications to increase approval odds and get you a lower rate. The co-applicant will also be responsible for repaying the loan if the main applicant fails to pay.

Cost: PNC’s loans carry an annual percentage rate ranging from about 6% to 26%, depending on where you live, the loan amount and repayment term, your credit score and income. The APR range includes a 0.25% discount for automatic payments from a PNC checking account.

Hard credit pull: PNC does not offer pre-qualification with a soft credit check; rather, applying requires a hard pull, which may result in a temporary hit to your credit score.

Fees:

  • Origination fee: None.

  • Late fee: Greater of $40 or 10% of amount due, after 15-day grace period.

  • Prepayment fee: None.

PNC loans are available in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Loan example: A borrower in New York who takes out a $10,000 loan with a 36-month repayment term and 6.74% to 8.49% APR would pay between $308 and $316 per month, according to PNC’s rate calculator.

How PNC loans compare

Marcus is an online lender providing loans between $3,500 to $40,000, with competitive rates and flexible payment terms. Unlike PNC, you can check to see if you qualify and get an estimated rate without impacting your credit score. Most of its borrowers have credit scores higher than 660.

Wells Fargo offers a similar APR range, but higher borrowing amounts up to $100,000. Borrowers typically have a credit score of at least 660, and you’ll need to become a Wells Fargo customer and visit a branch to get a loan.

How to apply for a PNC loan

You can apply online through PNC’s website, by phone or in person at a branch. PNC says it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete the application and provides a list of what you’ll need to apply, including one form of photo ID and your annual income.

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