What is a payday loan?

A Payday loan is a small, short-term, high-rate loan. It is also referred to as: cash advance loan, cheque advance loan, post-dated cheque loan, deferred deposit cheque loan or cash loan.

Payday Loans are arranged for people in employment who find themselves in a situation where they are short of immediate funds.

A Payday Loan can assist you in this situation with a low amount short term loan.

Loans are repayable on your next payday, although it is possible to renew your loan until subsequent paydays. To apply for a loan you must be in employment and have a bank account with a cheque book. A poor credit rating or debt history is initially not a problem.

Usually, a borrower writes a personal cheque payable to the lender for the amount he or she wishes to borrow plus a fee. The company gives the borrower the amount of the cheque minus the fee. Fees charged for payday loans are usually a percentage of the face value of the cheque or a fee charged per amount borrowed.

The company agrees to hold the cheque until your next payday. At that time, depending on the particular plan, the lender deposits the cheque, you redeem the cheque by paying the amount owed in cash, or you roll-over the cheque by paying a fee to extend the loan for another two weeks.

A payday loan is very convenient if you find yourself a little short of funds at any time. The most obvious drawback of a Payday Loan is that they can be expensive. The interest rate varies from lender to lender so do shop around to find the best deal.

If you decide you must use a payday loan, borrow only as much as you can afford to pay with your next pay cheque and still have enough to make it to the next payday.

About the author
John Mussi is the founder of Direct Online Loans who help UK homeowners find the best available loans via the website.