What is Monzo?
Monzo is one of the leading challenger banks in the UK and now offers personal loans through its popular app. Unlike traditional lenders, Monzo loans are online-only and you’ll need to create a Monzo account and download the app to apply for a loan.
Key features of Monzo loans at a glance
Monzo offers unsecured loans, which means you don’t need to use an asset as security against the loan. Instead, you’ll be approved for a loan based on your credit score and ability to pay back the loan amount. You can borrow from £200 up to £15,000, with a loan period of 2 to 5 years.
You’ll receive a fixed interest rate, so your monthly payments will remain the same throughout the loan and you’ll know in advance what it will cost overall. Your rate will vary depending on factors like your credit history and the loan that you apply for. Before it can offer you a loan, Monzo will check your credit history through the credit reference agency Transunion.
How do Monzo loans work?
You’ll need to be an existing customer and already have the app. Here’s the typical process for taking out and repaying a Monzo loan:
Monzo will then take automatic monthly payments from your current account in order to repay the loan. You can track how much you’ve paid, your remaining payments and the cost of the loan using the Monzo app.
Pros and cons
- Flexible loan amounts. You can borrow from as little as £200 or up to £15,000.
- Early repayment option. You can make extra repayments or even pay your loan off early without penalty.
- Simple online application. If you have a Monzo account, you can apply for a loan within minutes using the app.
- Fast funding. You can be approved for a loan and receive your funds the same day you apply.
- Online tracking. You can manage your loan using the Monzo app.
- Only available to Monzo customers. You’ll need to have an existing Monzo account, or sign up for one, to apply for a loan.
- Minimum credit rating required. You’ll need to have a certain credit score and history to be eligible for a loan. You can check your credit score through Credit Karma using your Monzo app.
- High APR on smaller loans. Be wary of borrowing small amounts over lengthy periods – this makes for low monthly repayments but a relatively high overall cost.
What is APR?
The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is a representative figure that’s designed to show you the annual cost of a loan. It can be a handy tool when comparing different loans, but don’t let it distract you from the overall cost. The APR combines both the interest rate and any mandatory fees or charges that you’ll need to pay on the loan.
Lenders such as Monzo must all calculate their APRs in the same way and must provide you with this figure before you agree to anything. However, most people don’t realise that lenders only have to offer the advertised representative APR to 51% of customers who take out the loan. That means you may end up paying more, depending on Monzo’s assessment of your financial circumstances and history.
Am I eligible for a Monzo loan?
You’ll need to meet the following criteria to be eligible for a Monzo personal loan:
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- Be a UK resident.
- Have an existing Monzo account.
- Meet Monzo’s minimum credit history and credit score requirements.
Frequently asked questions
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