LendUp is an online payday lender based in San Francisco, California. It markets itself as a socially responsible lender and an alternative to payday loans but its prime rates and terms are only available to repeat customers in specific states and its standard rates and terms are the same as regular payday lenders.
How Does LendUp Work?
LendUp has an online-only application that can process your application in minutes. If you are approved, you can get money in your account by the next business day. Note that loans must be submitted by 5 p.m. PT Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) to receive funds the next business day. Your exact funding time may vary based on your bank’s requirements. Customers who demonstrate financial responsibility by paying loans on time and taking financial education courses receive points that can qualify them for preferential rates and terms. For instance, prime-tier customers can qualify for loans of up to $1,000 (where available) with an interest rate of 29% APR.
What Are LendUp's Interest Rates?
Interest rates on your first loan (in California) vary from 210.48 % up to 748.77% depending on how much you borrow and whether it is a 7-day or 30-day term. Repeat customers who have made regular on-time payments on their past loans can qualify for lower rates as they progress through a tier system. Rates depend on the amount, the length of the loan and the state of residence.
How Much Money Can I Borrow?
The maximum loan for first-time borrowers is $250. Repeat customers can gradually qualify for larger loans, up to a maximum of $1,000 (where available).
Which States Does LendUp Operate In?
LendUp currently operates in AL, CA, FL, ID, IL, IN, HI, KS, LA, MO, MS, NM, OK, OR, TN, TX, UT, WA, WI, and WY
What Is the LendUp Application Process Like?
The application process can be as fast as 5 minutes. You can get cash the next business day if approved. Loans must be submitted by 5 p.m. PT Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) to receive funds the next business day. Exact funding time may vary based on your bank’s requirements.
How Is LendUp Better Than Other Lenders?
LendUp provides borrowers who regularly borrow from payday lenders the opportunity (where available) of gradually improving their rates and terms. This type of loan can be reported to credit bureaus. As you climb "the Lendup Ladder" by paying off your loan and taking out new ones, you earn access to more money at better rates for longer periods of time. At Platinum and Prime levels (where available), you have the opportunity to report payments to credit bureaus, which could increase your credit score.
However, this won't help an occasional or first-time borrower who is stuck with payday-like high-interest rates and small loan amounts. Another real advantage for LendUp customers is that it doesn't have loan rollovers, which protects customers from falling into a cycle of debt.