Alternatives that Work, Ones that Don’t
Report Exposes Expense and Pitfalls of Some Payday 'Alternatives'.
NCLC researchers reviewed hundreds of small loans. Our research found that some loans offered by banks and credit unions as "alternatives" to high-cost, short-term payday loans may instead plunge consumers into a costly and nearly inescapable debt cycle – just like payday loans! Affordable alternatives are available for consumers who seek them out.
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Related Video: 3/7/13 HuffPost Live (29:49 runtime), NCLC attorney Lauren Saunders debates payday lender Advance America.
Published June 2010
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Criteria for Genuine and Safe Payday Loan Alternatives
Annual percentage rates, including fees, no higher than 36 percent;
Terms of at least 90 days,
Repayments in installments, and
No check-holding or electronic access to the consumer's bank account
Ratings of small loans offered throughout the U.S.
Myths about payday loan alternatives
Criteria for genuine payday loan alternatives
History of the 36% rate cap