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LightStream Personal Loan Review
Features of LightStream Personal Loans
- Competitive rates
- No fees
- Rate discount when you enroll in autopay
- Satisfaction guarantee and rate beat program
- No prequalification option (have to endure a hard credit check to see rates)
- Requires a well-built credit history
About LightStream Personal Loans
LightStream Personal Loan Snapshot
$5,000 - $100,000
3.49% to 19.99%
Minimum Credit Score:
Time to Funding:
As soon as same day
Has Origination Fee:
Origination Fee: Not Applicable
What loan amount would you look to borrow?
Pros and cons of LightStream Personal Loans
Before signing up for a loan with LightStream, take a look at this breakdown of some of its benefits and drawbacks.
Competitive rates: With rates starting at just 3.49 percent, Lightstream offers highly competitive rates. Your rates will differ depending on the loan purpose, amount, term length, and your credit.
No fees: LightStream doesn’t charge any fees on its loans including an origination fee.
autopay discount: Borrowers who enroll in auto payments will receive a 0.5 percent discount
Rate beat program: If you find a competitor offering you a more competitive interest rate, Lightstream will beat that competitor by .10 percent. In order to qualify, you must show you are approved by the competitor for an unsecured, fixed-rate loan with the same amount, terms, purpose, and payment method.
Satisfaction guarantee: LightStream offers $100 to unhappy borrowers who have had their loan for less than 30 days. In order to qualify, you must contact the company and fill out a questionnaire.
No prequalification option: Lightstream conducts a hard credit pull on applications submitted via their website, which may negatively affect applicants' credit scores. However, the LightStream conducts a soft credit check to pre-qualify applicants through rate comparison sites.
Requires a long credit history: Typical consumers who qualify with LightStream will have several years of credit history across different account types. These types of credit include major credit cards, auto loans, and home mortgages.
Are LightStream Personal Loans Available in your State?
To determine eligibility LightStream considers multiple factors including:
- Your credit score and credit history.
- Your requested loan amount.
- Your requested loan purpose.
- The repayment term (two to 12 years, depending on the loan purpose).
- Your available assets.
- Your payment record on all loans and credit cards.
Fees and penalties
LightStream personal loans are 100% fee-free. They charge no origination fees, prepayment penalties, or late fees.
How to get a Personal Loan with LightStream
Youll need the following ready when applying with LighStream:
- Loan amount, purpose, and desired terms.
- Your payment method.
- Personal info (address, phone number, email address, and SS number).
- Employment information.
- Current monthly housing obligations.
After submitting an application, LightStream will review it, conduct a hard credit pull then email you with the status of your application. If you qualify, you can sign your loan agreement and set up your funding date and payment information online.
After final approval, Lightstream will disburse funds to your account. This process can happen in as little as the same day as application as long as your application is verified and approved before 2:30 p.m. Eastern on a business day.
Lightstreams customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.