Alliant Credit Union Personal Loans Review | The Ascent

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Personal loans

Alliant Credit Union personal loans are available to established members, which means those who have been members for at least 90 days. Alliant offers personal loans of $1,000 up to $50,000, with terms of up to 60 months. APRs vary quite a bit, but they can be as low for qualified applicants. Personal loans are unsecured so they don't require collateral.

Auto loans

Both new and existing members can apply for Alliant auto loans. Terms range from 12 to 84 months for new and used cars. You can also apply for an auto refinance loan to see if you can get a lower rate on your current auto loan. APRs vary based on loan type and your credit score.

Tesla loans

If you're in the market for a Tesla, Alliance Credit Union has a specific loan just for you. Tesla loans have competitive APRs for qualified applicants. Terms vary from 12 months up to 84 months. You can find Tesla loans for both new and used Tesla models, as well as Tesla refinance loans.

No origination fees

No matter which type of personal or auto loan you get from Alliant Credit Union, you won't need to worry about pesky origination fees. This means you get the full loan amount you're approved for — not the loan amount minus extra fees like you'd get with some other personal loan lenders.

No prepayment penalties

There are no prepayment penalties with an Alliant Credit Union personal or auto loan. As such, you can pay off your loan at any time during your loan term without worrying about extra fees for paying it off early. This is great for folks who want to save a little money on interest fees by paying more each month or paying a lump sum to pay off their loan balance early.

What could be improved

Must be an Alliant Credit Union member to qualify

Other than the typical qualifications for any loan, those who want an Alliant Credit Union loan will also have to jump over one more hurdle: membership. Because it's a credit union, you need to be an Alliant member to apply for a loan. This requires that you mean one of the following conditions:

  • Be a current or retired employee or a partner business
  • Live or work in an eligible community
  • Be a partner or immediate family of a current member
  • Be a member of Foster Care to Success

You also need to open and maintain an Alliant savings account with a balance of at least $5.

APRs aren't always competitive

Depending on the loan type and your qualifications, APRs on Alliant Credit Union loans aren't always competitive. This is especially true of their personal loan rates. Even if you have perfect credit, you're looking at at least a two-digit APR for a personal loan. Considering some alternative lenders offer personal loan rates in the low single-digits, this isn't ideal. Alliant is more competitive on auto loan rates, but you may still find a better deal elsewhere.