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Upgrade At A Glance

Loan Type Peer to Peer Personal Loans
Loan Amount $1,000 - $50,000
Repayment Terms 36-70 months
Typical APR 6.87% - 35.97%
Origination fee 1% - 6%
Time to funding Typical 1 business day
Soft credit check? Hard pull
Best for Debt consolidation, borrowers with strong cash flow

Upgrade Overview

Upgrade is a lending company based in San Francisco, California. It is an online lending platform that offers consumers free credit monitoring and access to personal loans of up to $50,000. The company’s co-founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche is the former head of LendingClub, an online lending company that has lent more than $28 billion to over 2 million borrowers since 2007.

Application Process

Upgrade does a soft credit check first to get customers rates they qualify for. Then, once the customer applies for an specific loan, they do a hard credit pull on their score. Upgrade loans require a minimum FICO score of 620, but applicants should keep in mind that Upgrade also looks at how much money they have left at the end of the month after expenses. This means applicants with lower scores might be approved for better rates if they have enough cash flow. Applicants must have at least $1,000 left to be approved for a loan.

Loans made through Upgrade feature APRs of 6.87%-35.97%. All loans have a 1% to 6% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan proceeds. Lowest rates require Autopay. For example, if you receive a $10,000 loan with a 36 month term and a 17.97% APR (which includes a 14.31% yearly interest rate and a 5% one-time origination fee), you would receive $9,500 in your bank account and would have a required monthly payment of $343.28. Over the life of the loan, your payments would total $12,358.22. The APR on your loan may be higher or lower and your loan offers may not have multiple term lengths available. Actual rate depends on credit score, credit usage history, loan term and other factors. Late payments or subsequent charges and fees may increase the cost of your fixed rate loan. There is no fee or penalty for repaying a loan early. All loans made by WebBank, member FDIC. Accept your loan offer and your funds will be sent to your bank via ACH within one (1) business day of clearing necessary verifications. Availability of the funds is dependent on how quickly your bank processes this transaction. From the time of approval, funds should be available within four (4) business days. All loans made by WebBank, member FDIC.

Physical Address

275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor.
San Francisco, CA 94111