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Compare your loan options in West Virginia

With strict limits on APR, you may need to look elsewhere when you need a short-term loan.

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West Virginia has effectively banned payday loans, but it does offer a few programs that could be useful in your time of need.

Can I get a payday loan in West Virginia?

No, payday loans are prohibited under West Virginia Code 46A-4-107 and 32A-3-1 et. seq. This set of laws caps the APR a lender can charge at 31% for loans of $2,000 or less — and it applies to every lender in the state. The APR cap doesn’t include the allowed origination fee, which means your APR may be higher than 31%. But because payday lenders often charge APRs in excess of 400%, it effectively bans them from offering loans to residents of West Virginia.

However, this doesn’t actually ban small-dollar loans, so you may be able to find a personal loan option. If you do opt for a personal loan, check the terms of your loan agreement to ensure the lender is keeping within the legal APR limit.

Compare installment loans available in West Virginia

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Name Product Filter Values Max. Loan Amount Turnaround time Requirements
OppLoans Installment Loans
$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 Installment Loans
$3,000
1 to 2 business days
Bank account, email address, phone number, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 21+, $3,500 minimum income in California
Borrow money with lower payments and more time to pay than a traditional payday loan.
Fast5kLoans Short-term Loans Connection Service
$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.
LendYou Short-term Loans
$15,000
Same business day to 1 business days
$1,000+ monthly income, direct deposit, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 18+
Get offers from potential lenders in minutes by filling out just one online form.
Possible Finance Mobile Installment Loans
$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.
BadCreditLoans.com
$5,000
Varies
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.
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What other options are there in West Virginia?

Although West Virginia has placed restrictions on payday loans, there are still many options for individuals and families in need.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • WV WORKS
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT)
  • School clothing Allowance
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
  • Long Term Care
  • Medicaid
  • WV Children’s Health Insurance Program (WV CHIP)
  • AccessWV

You can also browse our guide to payday loan alternatives for more information on some of the more common state programs and alternate ways you can pay for a small short-term expense.

What do other types of loans cost in West Virginia?

West Virginia separates loans based on if they are secured by real property — like your home or car. For unsecured loans between $2,000 to $10,000, the APR is capped at 27%. For loans greater than $10,000, West Virginia limits the APR to 18%. For secured loans, the APR is capped at 27% for loans of $10,000 or less and at 18% for loans of $10,000 or more.

While these regulations are in place to help borrowers, it does mean you’ll find some personal loan lenders don’t operate in West Virginia.

Bottom line

Although you can’t technically get a payday loan in West Virginia, there are other options available to you. These include some small-dollar loans, like loans from your bank and installment loans from a short-term lender. Read your loan agreement and confirm the lender is licensed in West Virginia before you agree to borrow.

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    ThereseSeptember 20, 2018

    I would like to see if I could get $2000 or $2500, please?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezSeptember 20, 2018Staff

      Hello Therese,

      Thank you for your comment.

      We could not tell if you can get a loan of $2000 to $2500 as this would be under the decision of the lender you are applying on. Please note that each lender has its own eligibility criteria and requirements that you must meet before you apply. The amount they will approve you of will depend on many factors such as the credit score and your capacity to repay the loan. Please make sure that you’ve read the relevant T&Cs or PDS of this account to help consider whether the product is right for you.

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