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Payday loans, and other short-term loans, are a useful tool when you’re facing a tough financial situation, but Ohio hasn’t always had the best regulations. With new regulations in place and more flexibility in loan terms, you may be able to avoid paying high fees. Just make sure your lender is up-to-date with Ohio’s laws before you borrow.

Can I get a payday loan in Ohio?

Yes. In October 2018, Ohio changed its regulations for payday loans – and other short-term loan options – to better enforce the interest rate cap and prevent lenders from charging consumers hefty fees.

Under the Ohio Revised Code Ann. 1321.35 et seq, payday loans have an interest rate cap of 28%. The lender you borrow from must be licensed by the state of Ohio, and when you borrow, you’ll face these restrictions:

  • Maximum loan amount: $1,000
  • Minimum loan term: 91 days
  • Maximum loan term: 1 year
  • Interest: 28%
  • APR: 60%
  • Monthly maintenance fee: 10% of the principal or $30, whichever is lesser
  • Origination fee: 2% of a loan amount greater than $500
  • Check collection charge: $20
  • Prepayment penalty: Lenders can’t charge a prepayment penalty

Your loan may be less than 91 days if the total monthly payment on your loan doesn’t exceed 6% of your gross monthly income or 7% of your net monthly income, whichever is greater.

These laws make payday loans more difficult to come by, so you should expect to find more lenders offering installment loans. Make sure you review your loan contract carefully. If a lender doesn’t abide by these new regulations and attempts to charge you excessive fees, stay away. There are plenty of lenders out there, so don’t settle for one that’s willing to skirt the law.

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Name Product Filter Values Loan amount Turnaround time Requirements
OppLoans Installment Loans
$500 - $5,000
1 business day
Direct deposit, meet minimum income requirements, live in eligible state
Comes with the option to change your due date so you won’t fall behind on repayments.
Check Into Cash Payday Loan
$50 - $1,000
1 to 2 business days
Bank account, email address, phone number, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 21+
Plus, get access to check cashing, cell phone top ups, bill pay and more at one of its many storefronts.
Pheabs installment loan connection service
$100 - $35,000
As soon as next business day
Fair credit accepted
Fast5kLoans Short-term Loans Connection Service
$100 - $35,000
As soon as the next business day
Regular source of income, verifiable bank account, US citizen, ages 18+
Get connected with multiple lenders you might qualify with — even if you have bad credit.
Monevo Installment Loans
$500 - $100,000
Varies by lender
Credit score of 500+, legal US resident, ages 18+
Quickly compare multiple online lenders with competitive rates depending on your credit.
$500 - $10,000
Depending on lender requirements, people from all 50 states may not be eligible for a personal loan.
With straightforward, simple qualifications, these loans offer easy approval for people with poor credit.
LendYou Short-term Loans
$100 - $15,000
Same business day to 1 business day
$1,000+ monthly income, direct deposit, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 18+
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Up to $250
Same business day to 2 business days
Have an active checking account
Have up to $250 automatically deposited into your account — for a $9.99 membership fee.
Possible Finance Mobile Installment Loans
Up to $500
As fast as 1 business day
Checking account with 3+ months of banking history, $750+ monthly income, live in eligible state, ages 18+
Borrow up to $500 with just a few swipes — but only for residents of 5 states.

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What happens when I get a payday loan?

Lenders are required to provide you with a loan contract must be provided to you and include the terms and conditions of the loan, the total amount you need to pay back to your lender, when your payments are due and a warning about the high cost of a short-term loan.

If you agree to take out a loan, you have the right to cancel your loan by 5 p.m. on the third business day after your loan contract is finalized. A lender is also limited in the amount of times it can attempt to collect your payment: it is not permitted to collect from your account after two failed consecutive attempts.

Ohio law also sets a cap on the total amount you can have out at any time. You may have no more than $2,500 in short-term loans borrowed and will be required to sign a declaration that you can legally borrow the loan.

Payday loan alternatives in Ohio

Payday loans, and other short-term loan options, aren’t always the right choice if you’re struggling with bills and have consistent financial issues. To lower your daily costs, you may want to look into assistance programs like Medicaid, the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) or the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). You can also browse your other payday loan alternatives to see how else you can avoid taking out a high-cost loan.

Bottom line

With recent changes to Ohio’s payday loan laws, you’re in a better position to save money when you need a short-term loan. However, this doesn’t mean it won’t cost you. Payday loans are still an expensive option, so carefully compare your options before settling on a lender.

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    AngelaJanuary 28, 2019

    If someone took out a title loan with unreal payback rates can they take your car

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      johnbasanesJanuary 29, 2019Staff

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Though it may seem that the payback rates are a bit high, the loan company could still take your car as payment for the delinquency. This though needs a court action for it to be done unless otherwise stated in your contract with the loan company. It is best to work a solution out with the company for a win-win situation prior to making any decision. Hope this helps!


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    ANGELICJune 18, 2018

    I have a prepaid DEBIT card and want to know where can i get a loan at.

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      JoanneJune 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Angelic,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      You may visit and check on lenders offering a prepaid debit card loan.
      The page will guide you on what you need to know about what prepaid debit cards can help you access your loan funds without a bank account or strong credit.

      Hope this helps,

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    CarolOctober 2, 2017

    How can I get a $500 dollar loan within 1-2 days without a savings or checking account.

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      JonathanOctober 2, 2017

      Hello Carol,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      There are lenders which allow prepaid cards to be used as a settlement of your proceeds or cash pick-up. You may need to inquire about its availability as this varies per lender.

      Please be reminded to check the loan requirements and eligibility before applying.

      Hope this helps.


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    CaseySeptember 27, 2017

    Can I get a emergency loan in Ohio even though I live in Indiana

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      JonathanSeptember 28, 2017

      Hello Casey,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Generally, this is not allowed as lenders would need to still verify your state of residence.

      However, there may be cases it can be considered, so long as you have temporary residence in that state. This is largely on a case-by-case basis depending on your lender. You can read more information from our guide called payday loan in another state.

      Hope this helps.


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    TonyJune 27, 2017

    Can you get a payday loan in Michigan and Ohio?

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      JasonJune 27, 2017Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Payday loan options are legal in both Michigan and Ohio and, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and requirements of the lenders, you may apply for a payday loan in those mentioned territories.

      Please check our guide on applying for a payday loan in Michigan and please check out the details above for the payday loan guide for Ohio residents.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

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    KenMay 20, 2017

    Can I get the money if apply at one your store?

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      HaroldJune 26, 2017Staff

      Hi Ken,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      While we do not represent any company that we feature on our pages, we can offer you a general advice. In general, the process is quick and simple, only taking five to 10 minutes, whether you apply in-store or online.

      I hope this information has helped.


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