How Do QCash Small Dollar Loans Help Member Health?

Payday loans have not been received very favorably recently, by either the general populace nor by the legislature. And yet, at QCash, we still see small dollar loans as an important aspect of credit union member health. Why do we continue to hold this viewpoint?

We understand that financial health means different things to different people. Recently, we read a study that claimed that around 44% of Americans couldn’t come up with $400 cash in an emergency. To us, this indicates that most Americans do not have access to an extra influx of money to aid them with anything that might come up. While we might most often think of financial health as a product of income, savings, wealth management, and planning for the future, we know that for many people it means having flexibility and options. They want to know that, regardless of their cash flow, if something comes up that requires a little extra money, they’ll be able to take care of it.

Financial Health is a Road Trip

Everyone’s destination is a little bit different. In the game of Life, some of us want to retire to Millionaire Estates, while others want to retire to Countryside Acres. How we get there will differ, and how the game ends may also be a little different, but in the end, we’re working toward the same goals: a happy life with enough financial stability that can last us.

The road to financial health is also littered with obstacles, pit stops, detours, and—we hope—a few great restaurants. We keep in mind that many hard-working, responsible Americans sometimes struggle to cover sudden costs or loss of income stemming from medical emergencies, car troubles, and job transitions. In such times, it’s better to have options. Safe options. Options that don’t come at the predatory rates endemic to payday loan centers. Options presented by the same people who provide their other banking services. Options that come with the comfort and security that only their credit union can afford them.

Each member’s route to financial health is unique, so we want to offer as many possible routes to success as we can. Whether someone needs it or not, having access to an emergency small dollar loan has helped thousands of credit union members per month. It’s not just for the foreseeable obstacles that pop up—it’s for the nasty surprises. Members can get small, fast loans when they need them most.

Institutional Health

 At QCash, we also consider small dollar loans a boon to credit unions. It expands the portfolio of services that they can provide, and it keeps credit union members from jeopardizing their financial health by pursuing loans at less-reputable payday loan centers.

We’ve proven that the loans we provide, at the rates we suggest, are a net positive for credit unions. Our service is faster and requires less overhead than traditional payday loan services, which allows us to offer little lifelines to those in need. Nevertheless, we emphasize the financial health of your members, because we understand that healthy members mean a healthy credit union.


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Are QCash and Payday Loans the Same Thing?

QCash Loan or Payday Loans

July 26, 2018

Unexpected things come up in life. Car repairs, medical emergencies, and other expenses that must be taken care of seem to pop up at the worst time. Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck. While some people do have savings accounts, they may not have enough money saved to take care of a huge bill from the mechanic or emergency room. Many people will look for a short-term loan because they could have afforded to pay for the expense if it happened right after payday. They turn to payday lenders to get the money that they need. Many credit unions now offer two short-term loan products to their members to help them meet their needs: QCash and QCash Plus. Are QCash and payday loans the same thing? While they have some similarities, they are actually very different.

Both Designed to Meet Immediate Need for Cash

Payday loans and QCash products are both designed to help people with a very important problem: having the money they need to pay for what they need. Generally, payday lenders don’t care about how you plan to use the money. They care about whether you can pay it back on time. With QCash and QCash Plus, the application process is totally private. There is no question that asks credit union members why they need the money.

No Credit Checks

Another similarity between the two is that there’s no credit check. While there are some qualifications that must be met for either product, there’s no actual credit check. Generally, the qualifications involve the income coming into the household. This is often compared to current obligations. The purpose of reviewing a debt to income ratio, as it is called, is to analyze whether the recipient has the ability to repay the loan under the loan conditions.

While payday loans and QCash products have some similarities, they’re actually quite different. Here’s what you need to know.

Pay Day Lenders Are For-Profit Companies

A for-profit company is a company that is in business to make money. In and of itself, making a profit isn’t a bad thing. However, many payday lenders get into trouble over a concept known as “predatory lending.” This means that when they make these short-term loans to people, they’re doing so with terms that are harmful to the recipients. When people cannot pay their loans, many payday lenders may offer to renew the loan, but that also comes at a cost. Those extra fees can make it next to impossible for people to pay off what they owe. Most of those companies won’t accept a payment agreement that allows people to make payments each week or month to pay off what they owe. When people can’t pay, they could be called by employees or debt collectors who threaten to have them arrested. Such threats are against the law, but that doesn’t stop them from engaging in bad collection practices.

Credit Unions Are Not-For-Profit Companies

Credit unions are not-for-profit companies. This means that the money we make goes toward overhead. Overhead includes things like utilities, technology, paying our staff members, and creating better facilities for our members to use. Have you ever wondered why credit unions can offer such low-interest rates when compared to other financial or lending institutions? It’s because we’re not-for-profit.

Pay Day Loan Interest Rates Are Notoriously High

Would you accept a loan for a car if the only interest rate available was 400%? What about 800%? Although that seems like an outrageous question, it’s an important one. If you’re in the middle of a financial crisis, getting a payday loan could put you into a similar situation. Payday loans have notoriously high-interest rates that usually fall between 400 and 800%.

While desperate times may make you more open to getting the money you need at any cost, do the math. Even if you could have taken care of the unexpected expense on payday, could you afford it if it were 400% more expensive? For example, if you need $400, that might be doable on payday. Yet, 400% of $400 is $1,600.

If you need to renew a payday loan, you must pay a certain amount of money to do so. The interest on the original loan continues to build.

QCash Products Have Lower Interest Rates

When compared to payday loans, QCash products have much lower interest rates. With QCash, you pay $12 for every $100 you borrow. That breaks down to 12%. With QCash Plus, the interest rate is 36%. However, QCash Plus provides short-term loans between $701 and $4,000.

The Application Process with Pay Day Lenders

To take out a payday loan, you would visit a payday lender in your area. You’d need to take proof of residence, proof of income, and photo identification. While the process doesn’t take an extremely long time, it can still take an hour or two. Online payday lenders take time, too, although you can apply anytime. In a true emergency, you may not have the luxury of time.

Payday lenders generally give you cash or a check after you’re approved. If they give you a check, you’ll have to consider whether you can get it cashed. If’s it given to you in cash, you may have fewer issues.

The Application Process for QCash and QCash Plus

To apply for a QCash or QCash Plus short-term loan, credit union members can go through the application process at any time of the day or night through the QCash link on the credit union website. After completing the application process, most people receive a notification of approval within just a few seconds. Once approved, the money is automatically placed into your credit union account. There’s no waiting to cash a check.

To learn more about QCash or QCash Plus, contact us.

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