Fig's credit builder loan offers a low cost way to begin building a positive credit history
See how it works...
Upon approval, the lender sends your funds to a 3rd party bank to hold for you. You make payment similar to a traditional loan. Upon completion of your loan, the lender releases the funds from the 3rd party to you.
Upon approval, the lender sends your funds directly to you. Afterwards you make payments until your loan is paid off. Nothing occurs upon the completion of your loan.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I close my loan early?
Yes! If you choose to close your account, we authorize the 3rd party to disperse the loan funds to you minus any payments youhaven't made. For example, suppose you borrowed a $1200 12-month monthly-payment credit builder at 0% (to make the math easier) and want to cancel your loan after the 10th payment. Upon cancellation, we authorize the 3rd party bank to send you the loan amount ($1200) - the principal you didn'tmake (2 payments * $100 principal per payment) or a $1,000.back to top
How much will my credit score increase?
This is a surprisingly hard question. There are a number of major "credit scores" lenders use and what feels like a new one every year. We do not control how these scores are calculated. The only thing we can promise is to faithfully report your payments to build your credit history, the data lenders use to calculate your scores.back to top
Who do you report to?
We report to TransUnion and Equifax (through a non-profit named Credit Builders Alliance). We're also onboarding Experian this year.back to top
What does the 3rd party do with my funds?
Nothing! It just sits in bank account until you complete or cancel your loan. We know it's a leap of faith to make payments without receiving your funds first. That's why you can cancel your loan at any time and receive the pro-rated portion of your principal.back to top
Why take out a credit builder over a traditional loan?
Our research has shown that longer larger loans have a greater impact on your credit score. Our traditional loan is not designed be large or long term. Imagine a $1,000 dollar loan at 190% APR over 12 months. That's almost $1,300 dollars in fees! We're not that kind of lender and we don't think you should pay through the nose to build your credit.back to top
Why do you give my funds to a 3rd party bank?
A large part of your fees in a traditional loan goes to pay for non-paying borrowers. By sending the funds to a 3rd party to hold, there is no risk of non-payment, which saves everyone money.back to top
Why do I need to be an existing customer?
Unfortunately, we just don't have the capacity to hand out a million of these today! Therefore we're offering this to existing customers as a perk.back to top