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Personal Loans for Single Parents

If you’re a single parent, know that there are options available to you when it comes to personal loans.

When you’re earning a single income, trying to get a personal loan can seem like an uphill battle. The eligibility criteria for many banks and lenders can be difficult to meet on a sole income, but you still might need that car, those home repairs, or that money for bond.

This guide will take you through what you need to know about being approved for a personal loan.

Why might a single parent not be approved for a personal loan?

Single parents are judged by the same lending guidelines as every other borrower, but the fact that they rely on a single income and are often solely responsible for their debts means that they often don’t meet these requirements.

Single parents may also be receiving Centrelink payments, which some lenders won’t recognise as a source of income. Single parents may also be only working part-time and so fail to qualify for the minimum income requirements.

What income do you need to receive to get a personal loan?

LenderShort term loanMinimum incomeLearn more
Cash ConvertersMedium Personal Loan$300 per weekMore
Cash TrainCash Loan$1,200 per monthMore
Credit24Personal Loan$1,000 per monthMore
DollarsDirectShort Term Personal LoanNo minimumMore
Fair Go FinancePersonal Loan$500 per weekMore
FerratumPayday LoanNo minimumMore
MoneyMeShort Term LoanNo minimumMore
NimbleShort Term LoanNo minimumMore
Sunshine LoansShort Term Loan$300 per weekMore
Swoosh FinancePersonal LoanNo minimumMore
LenderPersonal LoanMinimum incomeLearn more
act.Unsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
ANZPersonal Loan$15,000 p.a.More
BankwestUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
Bank of MelbourneUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
BankSAUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
bcuUnsecured Multipurpose LoanNo minimumMore
Bendigo BankUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
CitibankReady Credit$40,000 p.a.More
Commonwealth BankUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
CUAPersonal LoanNo minimumMore
IMBPersonal LoanNo mimumumMore
Latitude FinancialPersonal Loan$24,000 p.a.More
ME BankPersonal LoanNo minimumMore
NABPersonal LoanNo minimumMore
RACQUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
RACVPersonal LoanNo minimumMore
RateSetterPeer-to-Peer LoanNo minimumMore
SocietyOnePeer-to-Peer Loan$30,000 p.a.More
St.GeorgeUnsecured Personal LoanNo minimumMore
WestpacUnsecured Personal Loan$15,000 p.a.More

How do I know if I can afford a personal loan on a single income?

Before applying for any loan, you should consider using the calculator below to get an idea of what your repayments might be. Keep in mind this is only a guide, and each lender will assess your borrowing power differently.

How to compare your personal loan options

While you may feel you have limited options, it’s still important to compare the products you do find available to you to ensure you get the best option for you.

  • Interest rate. Compare both your fixed and variable rate personal loan options and find a rate that is competitive.
  • Fees. Personal loans come with both upfront and ongoing fees, so compare these as well as they will contribute to the cost of the loan. Short term loans under $2,000 only come with fees, no interest, so take these into consideration when deciding how much to borrow.
  • Restrictions. You may be restricted as to how much you can borrow, whether you’re able to make extra repayments or if you can repay the loan early.
  • Repayment flexibility. This is an important consideration, as it could affect your ability to manage the loan. See if you’re able to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments and if these will line up with your pay frequency. You should also note your ability to make additional repayments.
  • The lender. The actual lender you’re borrowing from should factor into your decision, as this is a business you’ll have to deal with for the next few months or years. See how easy the lender is to contact and, if possible, read a few third-party customer reviews of the lender online.

How to improve your chance of being approved for a loan

  • Check your credit score. Check your credit score for free with finder to find out what kind of borrowing position you're in. The higher your score, the less of a risk you appear to the lender.
  • Get advice. You can get in touch with a free financial counsellor who can take you through your financial options. Give the hotline a call on 1800 007 007.
  • Consider alternatives. There is a range of alternative loan options that include low- and no-interest loans. These are designed to help people on low incomes pay for necessary expenditures such as car or home repairs.
  • Borrow a lower amount. You should only borrow as much as you need and that you can afford. Lenders may reject your loan application if they think you can't afford the repayments rather than offering you a lower amount.
  • Talk to the lender before you apply. Discuss your eligibility with the lender before you apply. Remember that every loan application you make will show up on your credit file, and too many applications in a short space of time may appear irresponsible.

How to apply for a personal loan

If you’re looking to apply for a personal loan you can first compare your options using the comparison tables on this page and across finder.com.au. Once you’ve found a loan that you want to apply for, review the application requirements and click ‘Go to Site’ to be redirected through to the lender’s online application form.

Personal loans comparison for single parents

HSBC Personal Loan Offer

HSBC Personal Loan

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9.50 % p.a.

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10.06 % p.a.

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  • Competitive interest rate
  • Additional payments OK
  • Borrow up to $50,000
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HSBC Personal Loan Offer

A flexible personal loan from HSBC with a tailored interest rate between 9.5% p.a. and 15.99% p.a. based on your risk profile. Early and additional repayments allowed.

  • Interest rate from: 9.50% p.a.
  • Comparison rate: 10.06% p.a.
  • Interest rate type: Fixed
  • Application fee: $150
  • Minimum loan amount: $5,000
  • Maximum loan amount: $50,000
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Monthly Service Fee Application Fee Product Description Monthly Repayment
HSBC Personal Loan
From 9.5% (fixed)
10.06%
$5,000
1 to 5 years
$5
$150
A competitive fixed interest rate loan with the option to make extra repayments. Rates range from 9.5% p.a. to 15.99% p.a. based on your credit history.
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan
From 7.5% (fixed)
9.51%
$5,000
2 to 5 years
$0
3% (of loan amount)
Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.
Latitude Personal Loan (Unsecured)
From 13.99% (fixed)
15.19%
$3,000
2 to 7 years
$13
$250 (Loans under $4000 - $140)
An unsecured loan with a tailored rate from 13.99% p.a. to 29.99% p.a. designed for multiple purposes including renovating, buying a car or travelling.
Citi Personal Loan Plus
From 8.99% (variable)
9.96%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$10
$199
Borrow up to $75,000 to use for a range of purposes. You’ll receive a rate of between 8.99% p.a. and 17.99% p.a. depending on your risk profile. (Comparison Rate of 9.96% p.a. to 18.91% p.a.)
RateSetter 3-Years Personal Loan
From 7.17% (fixed)
9.72%
$2,001
0.5 to 5 years
$0
$220
RateSetter offers loans with terms ranging from 6 months to 5 years and comparison rates from 6.39% p.a. - 11.08% p.a. based on your risk profile.

Interest and comparison rates calculated for a 3-year loan term.
Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan
From 6.99% (fixed)
7.69%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$0
$500 (Upfront fee)
Interest rates are tailored to each applicant individually, and start from as low as 6.99% p.a. to 26.95% p.a.. based on your credit history.
NOW FINANCE Personal Loans
From 7.95% (fixed)
9.56%
$5,000
1.5 to 7 years
$13
$395 (Based on $10,000)
Get rewarded with a low interest rate for your good credit history. Rates from 7.95% p.a. to 16.95% p.a. depending on your credit score.
Pepper Money Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan
From 9.99% (fixed)
9.99%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$0
$0
Apply for up to $50,000 and receive conditional approval within minutes. Interest rates range from 9.99% p.a. to 21.74% p.a. The rate you are approved for depends on individual circumstances.
MyState Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (variable)
16.42%
$3,000
1 to 7 years
$10
$200
Apply for up to $50,000 and make additional repayments at any time without penalty.
RACQ Unsecured Personal Loan
12.95% (variable)
13.25%
$3,000
5 years
$0
$200
Apply for up to $60,000 to use for a variety of purposes end enjoy no penalty for early repayment. Note: You must be a QLD resident to apply.
Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (fixed)
14.14%
$4,000
1 to 7 years
$12
$250
A competitive, fixed rate personal loan that allows you to make extra repayments.

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HSBC Personal Loan

A competitive fixed interest rate loan with the option to make extra repayments. Rates range from 9.5% p.a. to 15.99% p.a. based on your credit history.

SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.

Latitude Personal Loan (Unsecured)

An unsecured loan with a tailored rate from 13.99% p.a. to 29.99% p.a. designed for multiple purposes including renovating, buying a car or travelling.

Citi Personal Loan Plus

Borrow up to $75,000 to use for a range of purposes. You’ll receive a rate of between 8.99% p.a. and 17.99% p.a. depending on your risk profile. (Comparison Rate of 9.96% p.a. to 18.91% p.a.)

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    JodiMay 8, 2017

    Single now was doing well but things have got hard with having a son with alot of health problems and looking to find a better loan for my car as im paying $400 a forenight and a few little bills that i keep put off and with the cost of living going up, just need a helping hand to put me on the right path.

    • finder Customer Care
      HaroldMay 8, 2017Staff

      Hi Jodi,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      With Personal Loans for Single Parents, if you’re looking to apply for a personal loan you can first compare your options using the comparison tables on this page and across finder.com.au. Once you’ve found a loan that you want to apply for, review the application requirements and click ‘Go to Site’ to be redirected through to the lender’s online application form.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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    PriscillaMarch 13, 2016

    Hi I work part-time I am a certified massage therapist I work out of my house I just recently lost my job with Home Depot so I only have my self employed right now I am a single parent with 3 kids to provide for I am a little behind on one or two payments and I just need help financially so that way I don’t lose everything that i worked hard for.looking for a company that will loan me money and I can pay in payments over time

    • finder Customer Care
      ElizabethMarch 14, 2016Staff

      Hi Priscilla,

      You might want to consider some of the low doc personal loans on this page that are designed for self-employed applicants, or if these loan amounts are too much, there are also payday loans you can consider. Alternative financial solutions can also be found on this page and if you’re looking for personal advice you can consider calling the free financial counselling service on 1800 007 007.

      I hope this information will be of use.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    August 21, 2015

    I’m a single mum of a 8 month old and a 2 yr old I’m on a parenting payment in and benifits. I have had a bad past where my ex has left bad credit on my file. I’m looking to start again as I had to sell my car for my father’s funeral as well as taken out some small time loans coz no one would help me. I’m looking for a personal loan to buy a second hand car as I really need and to put all my bills in one payment with a little bit to spare can u plz help me I’m as far down as I can go and I would love for something to go right. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to be the best I know I can be. It is cheap to buy a house then rent. Anything anything at all. Can u help me

    • finder Customer Care
      ElizabethAugust 21, 2015Staff

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your question and sorry to hear about your situation.

      You might want to take a look at this page that provides a guide on borrowing when you’re unemployed, towards the bottom of the page is also a list of alternative loan options you might want to consider that include no and low interest loans schemes. We cannot offer any personal advice but you can get free financial advice by calling the Free Financial Counselling hotline on 1800 007 007.

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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