Whether you want to consolidate debt or make a lifestyle purchase, our unsecured personal loans are a great way for you to access extra cash without having to dig into your savings. With fixed rates and terms, personal loans are a great alternative to credit cards for making big purchases or consolidating debt. Personal loans from your credit union are perfect for:
- Car repairs
- Small home improvement projects
- School expenses
- Medical expenses
- Debt consolidation
Loan amount: $500 to $25,000
Terms: Up to 60 months
Prepayment Penalties: None
Interest Rates: Please refer to our Rate Sheet for current rates.
How It Works
How It Works
Getting a personal loan at GCEFCU is easy! Follow these three easy steps and you’ll be on your way to having some extra cash in no time.
Step 1: Apply For Your Loan
You can apply for your personal loan online by clicking the “Apply Now” button above, or by visiting any of our locations and speaking with a loan officer. You must be a member of Gulf Coast Educators FCU in good standing in order to apply for any personal loans. If you are not currently a member, click here to learn more information.
Step 2: Get Your Required Documents Together
With any loan, we require proof of income for the last 30 days. You can either provide us with 30 days worth of pay stubs, or have your paycheck direct deposited with us. If you are using your new personal loan to consolidate debt, we may require your latest statements from your credit cards that will be paid off.
Step 3: Sign Your Lending Documents
This last step is the easiest of all! You can either sign your lending documents in person at any of our branches, or we can send them to you electronically to sign from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Once this is complete your loan will be funded!
How to Read Your Credit Report
Your credit report is a snapshot of your financial health. It gives lenders a general idea of how you handle debt and cash flow. Just about everything related to your financial life is a part of your credit report. Lenders use this information to determine whether they will extend credit to you and how much that credit will cost.
Getting Your Finances In Shape
Financial health is important. Unfortunately, it is something that people tend to put off. Financial decisions directly impact your future and have a profound effect on your lifestyle. This is why it is critical to plan for expenses and save for the future.
What Should You Do When You Experience A Financial Hardship?
The most important thing to do is communicate. Have you ever ignored a call about a past due bill? Don’t wait for creditors to call. Be proactive and take the time to contact your creditors and explain your situation. If your creditor is knowledgeable of what is going on they are prepared better to help you. Take the time to contact all of your payees in the beginning so there are more options available to assist you.
What Goes Into A Credit Score
Your credit score is an important number. Do you know yours? It is a number that ranges from 350 to 850. The higher your number, the better rates you’ll receive on loans, and vice versa. Why is this number so important? Let’s do the math. Click the link below to watch the video.
There Ought to be a Law: Payday Loans
One of my team members brought me a super convenient new way to get into trouble with payday type lending. In the mail, she received a check for $800 with a letter attached with pictures of Santa Claus and other Christmas designs. Let’s face it, the Christmas season can be hard on the wallet and many of us could use some extra money to provide a merry Christmas for our families.
Understanding Credit Scores & Reports
Your credit score is important. A good score can save you money on loans and insurance. For example, let’s say your score is 700 and your mortgage rate is 4% APR for 30 years on $150,000 loan. The total interest you would pay would be $107,804. Now consider you had a score of 600 and your rate was 6% APR on the same loan. You would end up paying $173,757 in interest. That’s a difference of about $66,000.
Debt Consolidation & Net Worth
In my experience as a loan officer for the credit union, one of the most frequent requests was for a debt consolidation loan. Several times a week, I would have a member come to me and explain: “Jason, I can’t seem to catch up. I have too many scattered payments to credit card companies at high interest rates. I can hardly keep up, and I feel like I am getting nowhere. Is there anything the credit union can do to help me?”
Payment Example: 48 monthly payments of $25.12 per $1,000 borrowed at 9.50% APR. APR = Annual Percentage Rate. Actual rate may vary based on creditworthiness and terms of loan.