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Universal Credit: Personal Loan Review

The basics

Estimated APR

11.69% - 35.99%

Min. Credit Score


Max. DTI Debt to Income Ratio


Origination Fees

5.25% - 9.99%

Late Penalties


Prepayment Fees


Good for: low income criteria, fast funds

Our verdict

This is a good loan option for people who don't have the best credit history but are actively working to improve it.

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Beyond the basics

Low minimum credit score requirement

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Debt consolidation discounts

Loan Amounts

$1,000 to $50,000

Loan Terms

36-60 months

Time to Funding

1 business day

Full review

Lender description Universal Credit is an online lending platform, not a traditional bank. It offers loans through its lending partners and is powered by fintech firm, Upgrade.

Best used for

  • personal loans to improve credit score.

Suitable for you if

  • You have less-than-perfect credit scores
  • You are in need of online tools to help improve credit scores

Pros & cons

Only need a minimum credit score of 560APRs as high as 35.93%
Multiple rate discounts available to consolidate high-interest debts Charges an origination fee of up to 8.99% of the loan amount
No co-borrowers allowed

Do you qualify This is what Universal Credit looks for in qualified borrowers:| Credit history: One account and two years| Credit score: Minimum of 560 (FICO version 9)| Debt-to-income ratio: 75% (including mortgage payments and the loan you are applying for)| Income: No requirement. Lender will accept income from employment, alimony, retirement, child support, Social Security and other sources.

How to apply Prequalify on Credello online or apply through Universal Credit's web site.

Footprint UniversalCredit is available in 47 states. Loans are not available in states of Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, West Virginia and District of Columbia.

Loan example A $10,000 loan with a 36-month term and a 28.47% APR (which includes a 22.99% yearly interest rate and a 7% one-time origination fee), you would receive $9,300 in your account and would have a required monthly payment of $387.05.