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SuperMoney Net Recommendation Score +64

SUPERMONEY NET RECOMMENDATION SCORE

This product is strongly recommended by SuperMoney users with a score of +64, equating to 4.3 on a 5 point rating scale.

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Community Rating Strongly recommended
App Price $9
Number of Reviews 11

Self Review

Where does Self do business?

Self is a financial technology company based in Austin, Texas, which was founded in 2014. Self is not a direct lender. Instead, all Credit Builder Accounts are made by Lead Bank, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, Sunrise Banks, N.A. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender or Atlantic Capital Bank, N.A. Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender.

What is Self?

Self is a company that gives people with poor or no credit the chance to improve their credit history. This is done through a set of tools that help consumers rebuild their credit score. The main credit building tool Self uses is the "credit builder loan,” also known as a savings-secured installment loan. This is a special type of loan. In fact, it is more of a savings account packaged as a loan to add positive information to your history. Self also provides consumers with resources that help them monitor their credit score and learn about finance, and get access to exclusive financial products. 

How does a credit builder loan improve your credit?

Self deposits are reported to the three main credit bureau agencies every month as if they were loan payments.

How does a credit builder account work?

First, you apply for a Credit Builder Account. Your money is safe and secure and there is no hard pull on your credit. Then you pay off your Credit Builder Account in the specified amount of time. You can choose the payment term and dollar amount that best fits your budget. Each on-time monthly payment builds credit history and adds to your savings. Your monthly payments are reported to all three credit bureaus. Once you’ve paid off your Credit Builder Account, you can access your money, minus fees and interest.

What are the interest rates and fees for a Self loan?

Self charges a one-time, non-refundable administrative fee of $9 and an APR of 15.97%.

What are the pros and cons of a Self loan?

This is what we love about Self:

  • Flexible payments.
  • Reports to all three credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion).
  • Easy access to secured installment loans
  • Creates positive information for your credit history
  • You can build your credit while saving money

On the other hand:

  • You can only access the money when you completely repay the loan. Not a good option for people who need money immediately
  • You have to pay a fee, albeit a small one.
  • If you miss a monthly payment it will be reported to the credit bureaus and potentially hurt your credit
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A loan with a $25 monthly payment, 24 month term with a $9 admin fee at a 15.92% Annual Percentage Rate with a finance charge of $89; A loan with a $35 monthly payment, 24 month term with a $9 admin fee at a 15.97% Annual Percentage Rate with a finance charge of $125; A loan with a $48 monthly payment, 12 month term with a $9 admin fee at a 15.65% Annual Percentage Rate with a finance charge of $46; A loan with a $150 monthly payment, 12 month term with a $9 admin fee at a 15.91% Annual Percentage Rate with a finance charge of $146. Please refer to www.Self.inc/pricing for the most recent pricing options.

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Message From Our Editor

What we love about Self Lender

Self Lender gives people with less than great credit the opportunity to build their credit score and build their savings at the same time.

With Self Lender, you choose a savings plan, such as saving $100 per month. Self Lender charges a small fee, and then sends you a bill each month for the amount you chose, much like you’d get if you got a loan. When you pay the bill, Self Lender sets the money aside in a savings account for you and reports the payment to the credit bureaus.

After twelve months, Self Lender gives you the balance of your savings account and you’ve built a history of loan payments.

What could Self Lender do better?

Self Lender charges a fee for its services, but there are options for building credit and saving money that don’t cost money. A savings account with automatic transfers and a fee-free secured credit card can accomplish the same tasks.

Another drawback is that you don’t get access to any of the money in the savings account until you complete your savings plan. If you have a financial emergency and need money quickly, you won’t be able to get the money while you’d have easy access if you used a typical savings account.

Self Lender’s backstory

Self Lender was founded in 2014 to help people building their credit and their savings at the same time. The company has expanded from offering credit builder loans to offering other loan products, such as credit cards.

The Verdict

If you need help building credit and don’t mind paying a fee, Self Lender is a strong choice. However, there are ways to save money and build credit that don’t involve paying fees, so you should consider those before paying a company for help.

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  •   515 Congress Avenue
    Suite 1550
    Austin, TX 78701
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Monthly Fee $25 - $150
App Price $9

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SUPERMONEY NET RECOMMENDATION SCORE

This product is strongly recommended by SuperMoney users with a score of +64, equating to 4.3 on a 5 point rating scale.

+64

Recommendation score measures the loyalty between a provider and a consumer. It's at +100 if everybody recommends the provider, and at -100 when no one recommends.

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