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25 May 2018

Loan Applications

Your Credit Union will consider loan applications from members for any worthwhile purpose. Each application is treated in the utmost confidence and will be considered on its own merits. It is credit union policy to meet the borrowing requirements of as many members as possible, depending on the available funds.

Applications for loans are made on a standard loan application form. Loans can be applied for by calling to our office, by telephone, by fax or by email . Our staff will give you any assistance required. Loans will then be considered at the weekly Credit Committee meeting. Large loans may need to receive approval at a Board of Directors meeting.

Members are strongly advised to declare all relevant financial information on their application form, as incomplete forms may be rejected by the credit committee.


What size of a loan can I apply for?

This is very much dependant on the size of your shares (savings) and your previous loan history. In general the credit committee can grant a maximum of 3 times shares. For example, a member with a good loan repayment record and shares of 3,000.00 would be elegible to apply for a loan of 9,000.00.


What you need when applying for a loan

In deciding whether or not to grant the loan the credit committee will take into account the members record of savings and loan repayments, as well as ability to repay. Members will be asked for and are oblidged to provide proof of their income before their loan can be processed. Once the loan is granted the member will be asked to complete a credit agreement, which is a legally binding document being a promise to repay the loan, and to commit to regular repayments.

Remember - only active members are eligible to receive loans from your credit union.

Planning and managing repayments

Credit unions are flexible with regard to repayment plans, though there are some legal limitations to length and amount of loans. The member will be advised on the best repayment plan to meet their own circumstances. Members are generally advised to repay a loan in as short a time as possible. 10 years is currently the maximum loan term. Should a member experience difficulties in meeting repayment commitments, they should immediately explain the situation to the credit union, which will treat the matter sympathetically and in total confidence. Depending on circumstances, the loan will be renegotiated if possible.

There are no penalties associated with clearing your loan quicker than agreed.


Interest on credit union loans

By law credit unions cannot charge any more than 1% per month on the reducing balance of a loan. This represents an interest rate of 12.68% APR (Annual Percentage Rate). Credit unions do not charge fees or transaction charges. The Credit Union is currently offering competitive rates. View our loan calculator to see how reasonable a credit union loan could be. We also have regular promotional rates of interest. Since the interest is charged only on the outstanding balance of the loan, you will pay even less if you repay in a shorter time than planned.

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