Do banks offer payday loans?

Quick Answer No, traditional banks generally do not offer payday loans. Payday loans are usually provided by specialized lending institutions or online lenders. Banks typically offer other types of loans, such as personal loans, which may have different terms and requirements compared to payday loans.

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Jack Woerner Answer updated on Sep 3, 2023

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Payday loans are usually only offered by specialized lenders.

Banks, on the other hand, are traditional financial institutions and generally only offer traditional loans like personal loans and mortgages which have more stringent requirements than payday loans.

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Traditional banks have many financial products that are heavily regulated by government agencies and they typically do not deal in alternative lending options like payday loans. Payday lending is what's known as a "subprime lending" (i.e., lending for borrowers with bad credit) and operates under very different regulations. This type of lending is high risk and considered controversial by many, and banks do not dabble in this arena.

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However, banks haven't miss out entirely on the payday lending game! Many banks today offer short-term loan products that are very similar to payday loans, but they tend to go under the name "small dollar loans" or "deposit advances"— skillfully circumventing the tarnished reputation attached to payday loans.

With a deposit advance, banks and credit unions will automatically pay themselves back once a deposit is made into your bank account (no matter the source) — no income verification required! So, if your birthday is coming up — and you know grandma's birthday money is right around the corner 😏 — the bank will take your sweet five bucks to pay down your loan. 👵🥺

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I would also advise you to exercise caution with this kind of borrowing. Most types of small-dollar loans (e.g., payday loans, personal installment loans, title loans, etc.) are considered risky because of their high cost.

It's important to remember that these loans are designed to assist with short-term financial situations and, in order to be effective financial solutions and not drain your wallet, they should not be held beyond their term.

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