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Short-term loans in Austin, Texas

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Understand the short-term loan laws in Texas before you apply.

Anyone can find themselves in financial trouble. Whether it be an unexpected bill or a simple gap in your budget, if you’re considering a short-term loan in Austin, check out this guide before you apply.

With straightforward, simple qualifications, these loans offer easy approval for people with low credit.

  • Min. Loan Amount: $500
  • Loan Term: 3 to 36 months
  • Turnaround Time: Varies
  • Must be 18+
  • Have a checking account in your name.

    Can I get a short-term loan in Austin, Texas?

    Yes, payday loans are legal throughout Texas. In fact, Austin is one of 22 cities in Texas that have passed local ordinances with the aim of helping borrowers repay their loans successfully. The Austin payday loan ordinance requires all credit access businesses (CABs) that operate within city limits to register with the City’s Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs (TARA) office.

    Here’s a quick list of Austin laws short-term lenders must abide by:

    • Max payday loan amount: Loans can’t exceed 20% of your gross monthly income
    • Max auto title loan amount: 3% of your annual income or 70% of the vehicle’s retail value, whichever is less
    • Refinancing limts: You can renew three times provided you reduce the total amount owed by at least 25%
    • Installment loan limits: Loans can have a maximum of four installments and can’t be renewed

    In order to qualify, you need to provide some documentation (paychecks, bank statements, tax returns, etc.) to confirm your income. You can request a copy of any document you need to sign, and you should. Keeping records of your loans is a good way to contest debt if your lender turns out to be disreputable.

    City ordinances contested with state laws

    As of May 2017, Austin is in the middle of an appeal process to determine whether its short-term loan ordinances violate Texas law. Depending on the judgements concerning this case, Austin’s oridances may be revoked. Keep an eye out for further news to be sure you’re up to date on what’s happening concerning short-term loans in the city.

    If you want to know more about payday loans in Texas, look here

    Check out these lenders offering short-term loans in Austin

    Rates last updated October 20th, 2018
    Unfortunately, none of the short term loan providers currently offer loans in your state. Learn more about short term loans in your state to find an alternative.
    Name Product Product Description Max. Loan Amount Turnaround Time Requirements
    OppLoans Installment Loans
    Installment loans with competitive rates from a top-rated direct lender.
    1 business day
    Must have direct deposit and meet minimum income requirements.
    CashUSA Installment Loans
    A connection service for quick cash loans up to $10,000.
    As early as 1 business day
    Must have a monthly income of $1,000+ after taxes and valid checking account.
    CashNetUSA Loan
    Apply for a short-term loan with an easy online application and dedicated customer service.
    Varies by state
    1 business day
    You must be a US citizen or permanent resident, be at least 18 years old and have regular income and a bank account.
    Slam Dunk Loans
    Potentially get approved for a short-term loan through this lender-connection service, even with poor credit history.
    As soon as next business day
    Must be employed, receive regular income, earn at least $800 a month, have a checking account, be 18+ yrs old and a US citizen.
    Blue Trust Loans Installment Loans
    Get an installment loan from an online tribal lender. Perks for returning borrowers.
    As soon as next business day
    Must be at least 18 years old and have a verifiable source of income with direct deposit into your checking account.

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    Here’s why you might want a short-term loan in Austin

    • Limits on loan amount. The Austin payday ordinance limits the maximum you can borrow to 20% of your gross monthly income.
    • Plenty of options. Austin has both storefronts and online lenders you can choose from. If you don’t like the terms offered by one, you can always find somewhere better.
    • Get money quickly. If you apply at a storefront, you can walk out with your money. Online lenders will be able to transfer money into your bank account as soon as the business day.
    • Poor credit is accepted. Lenders are more concerned with your financial situation now than your problems in the past. Even if you don’t havve the best credit, you may still be able to get a short-term loan.

    Here are the common short-term loan application steps

    1. Have your Social Security number, proof of your income and details of your employment with you
    2. Visit a storefront or the website of a lender
    3. Follow the application steps, providing your personal information where necessary
    4. If you’re applying online, fill out your bank account details
    5. Sumbit the application and wait to see if you’re approved

    If you’re approved, be sure you read your loan contract carefully. Lenders are required to clearly state the terms of your loan and how much you’ll have to pay.

    If you aren’t approved, why not consider an alternative?

    The costs of rolling over a payday loan

    Michael didn’t have enough money to cover his electricity bill after making his monthly car payment. He applied for a $100 loan and was approved for a term of two weeks. He read his contract carefully and found that in addition to paying back the loan, he would also have to pay a financing fee of $10, a handling fee of $4 and interest–bringing his total to $128.38.

    At the end of the original loan term of 14 days, Michael didn’t have enough to pay back his loan. He refinanced his loan by putting down $50, which was over 25% of the original loan amount. He had to pay additional monthly handling fees as well as more interest.

    By the time he paid off his loan, he wound up paying $113.53 in fees. The total cost of his $100 loan was $213.53.

    Some short-term locations you can check out

    Where to find short-term loans in Austin, Texas

    • ACE Cash Express. 730 W Stassney Ln, Austin, TX 78745
    • Advance America. 5775 Airport Blvd #600, Austin, TX 78752
    • Austin Finance. 4360 S Congress Ave #112, Austin, TX 78745
    • Austin Payday Loan Services. 15912 Ranch Rd 620 N, Austin, TX 78717
    • Check ‘n Go. 2501 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727
    • Cash Store. Southcross Plaza Shopping Center, 3601 W William Cannon Dr #100, Austin, TX 78749
    • Kwik Cash Loans. 3851 Airport Blvd # 104A, Austin, TX 78722
    • Payment 1 Financial Group. 6719 N Lamar Blvd b, Austin, TX 78752
    • Speedy Cash. 2818 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
    • Sun Loan Company. 6501 S Congress Ave #2, Austin, TX 78745

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    US Payday Loans Offers

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    Slam Dunk Loans

    Potentially get approved for a short-term loan through this lender-connection service, even with poor credit history.

    LendUp Payday Loans

    LendUp offers $250 loans for first-time borrowers. Good credit is not required. Visit the site to see if available in your state.

    Check into Cash Payday Loan

    With 1,000 branches in 30 states, get $50 to $1,000 in days from this direct lender.

    OppLoans Installment Loans

    Installment loans with competitive rates from a top-rated direct lender.

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