Thursday, May 30, 2024

How to get Emergency Loans for the Unemployed

As of June 2020, the unemployment
rate stood at 11.1%
*. This unemployment rate is on the higher side, and
in the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, job uncertainties have increased.
Imagine a situation wherein you lost your job all of a sudden? There’s no
reason to panic yet, as you can look for emergency loans even if you don’t have
a current job. You can use these funds until you get employed next.

How to Qualify for
a Loan if you are Unemployed?

Two factors can influence
your chances of availing an emergency personal
loan

despite
having no current job. They are: Your Credit Score and any Alternative Source
of Income.

  • Your
    Credit Score

Your credit plays a vital
role in getting your emergency loan approved in case you are currently
unemployed. The financial lenders will definitely go through your credit
history as well as your credit score in order to determine your ability to
repay the availed loan amount.

If you have a high credit
score, then the financial lenders will definitely consider offering you a loan.
On average, a credit score of 670 and above is considered to be extremely good.
Ultimately, it also depends upon the scoring model** such as
Vantage Score or FICO.

The credit scores are usually
calculated utilizing the information present in your credit reports. You can
verify the same on an annual basis and at no additional costs. If you have a
good credit history, then so is the chance of you having a good credit score.
It is very important for you to consistently check your credit score and fix
any issues with respect to the same in order to correct your credit score.

Always remember that any past
due amount which is older than 30 days can cost you at the very least 100
points on your credit score.

  • Options
    with respect to Alternative Income

If you do not possess any
employment proof in case of a layoff, then you can show alternative sources of
income to your financial lender to express your loan repayment ability. Unemployment
benefits can easily be used***
to represent your income status on the
following:

  • Pension as well as retirement
    benefits
  • Income of your spouse in case
    of availing a joint personal loan
  • In case of any disability
  • Child support or alimony
  • Social Security benefit
    payments

In case you have certain
savings in your bank account, or in case you are a freelancer having an
independent source of income, or if you have any upcoming job offer, then you
can even present those as your source of income to your financial lenders.

What to do in case
you do not qualify for any loans?

In case you do not possess
any income to avail a personal loan, then there are certain alternatives for
emergency loans. Following are some of the alternatives:

  1. Applying
    for a loan along with the Co-Signer

If your credit score prevents
you from availing a personal
loan

when you are currently unemployed, then having a cosigner while applying for
the same can definitely help your cause. The co-signer can be a family member
or your friend having a good credit score. The advantage of having a co-signer
is that it increases your possibility of getting your loan approved. You can
try to get your loan at a lower interest rate and if possible avail a larger
loan amount as well.

Always remember that both you
as well as your cosigner are responsible for the payment of the loan amount. So,
in case either one of you misses those payments, then you come under financial
scrutiny.

  • Getting
    a Joint Personal Loan

Just like a cosigner, you can
always apply for a joint personal loan with anyone who has good financial
security and credit score.

The basic difference between
the two is that the cosigner only shares the responsibility of repaying the
loan and not the ownership. In case of a joint personal loan, both the
applicants are the owners. Availing a joint personal loan can be beneficial for
friends, couples and families in which one member is unemployed while the other
has a steady source of income.

  • Applying
    for a credit against your home or HELOC

If all of the above options
do not meet your requirements, and in case you are a homeowner, then a Home
Equity Line Of Credit (HELOC) may be able to offer you some emergency cash. The
credit allows you to borrow money against your home and therefore is not
dependent on your income. It basically involves a revolving line of credit
through which you can borrow based on your requirements.

HELOC is not dependent on
your income. But, it uses your home as collateral against the availed credit.
In case you’re unsure about making the repayments, then you have to be
extremely careful before availing this credit and should consider choosing any
alternative routes for financial assistance.

References:

* https://www.wsj.com/articles/june-jobs-report-coronavirus-2020-11593651420

** https://www.debt.org/credit/report/scoring-models/

*** https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://www.abcmoney.co.uk
Sam heads up Cheshire-based PR Fire, an online platform that has already helped over 10,000 businesses to grab widespread media coverage on their news at an extremely accessible price point.

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