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Best Payday Loans in Milwaukee, WI

by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

A payday loan allows you to get instant cash and pay back the principal, plus interest and fees when you get your next paycheck. Before applying, read our guide to the best payday loans in Milwaukee. We show you the top licensed lenders based on how easy it is to apply, the cost to borrow and reviews from Wisconsin residents.

Top 12 Milwaukee Payday Loan Companies

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Milwaukeeans use payday loans to pay for emergency expenses, like medical bills or car repairs, or for ordinary living expenses, such as paying rent or buying groceries. The groups most likely to get payday loans include those between ages 25 and 49, renters, earners of less than $40,000 per year and people living in urban areas.

The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, which regulates payday lenders, cautions consumers not to use payday loans for long-term financial needs. Consider alternatives first and weigh the pros and cons of payday loans. If you decide to take out a payday loan, be sure you understand how these loans work.

Payday loan laws in Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin payday lenders must be licensed by the state and follow Wisconsin law. Here are some of the key points to know about payday loans in the state:

  • You can borrow up to $1,500 or 35% of your gross monthly income, whichever is less.
  • The loan term must be no more than 90 days.
  • You can only pay off a payday loan with the proceeds of another payday loan once.
  • If you default on a payday loan, the lender must offer you the opportunity to repay the loan in four equal installments with an interest rate of 2.75% per month after the maturity date. A borrower is only entitled to one repayment plan offer in any 12-month period.
  • A lender can charge you a $15 fee if your check bounces or your electronic funds transfer is denied.

Before you sign for a payday advance in Milwaukee, the lender must provide a disclosure form that includes the loan amount, the total fees and costs, the number of payments, the maturity date and the annual percentage rate (APR). You have the right to cancel a payday loan in Milwaukee before the close of business on the next business day after the loan is made. As long as you return the loan amount, the lender can’t charge for this cancellation.

There is no maximum interest rate on payday loans in Milwaukee. In 2018, the average APR on payday loans in Wisconsin was 485.53%, according to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions.

The table below shows the interest amounts on a 14-day payday loan with an APR of 485.53%.

You borrow...You pay in interest...After 14 days, you owe...
$100$18.62$118.62
$250$46.56$296.56
$500$93.12$593.12
$1,000$186.23$1,186.23
$1,500$279.35$1,779.35

Milwaukee payday loan requirements

Each payday lender in Wisconsin has its own requirements. Depending on the lender, you can apply online, over the phone or in person at a payday loan store. In general, you need:

  • Government-issued ID
  • Social Security number
  • An open, active checking account
  • Working phone number
  • Proof of steady, verifiable income

You don’t need good credit to qualify for a payday loan in Milwaukee. Typically, you find out within minutes of applying whether you’re approved for a payday advance and how much you can borrow. If you get an in-store payday loan, you can complete the process in less than an hour and pick up your cash immediately. If you’re approved for an online payday loan, it may take one to two business days before funds are electronically deposited into your bank account.

Milwaukee payday loan FAQ

What credit score is needed for a payday loan in Wisconsin?
There is no minimum credit score required for a payday loan in Wisconsin. You can qualify for a payday loan with bad credit or no credit at all as long as you meet other requirements, such as having a steady source of income.
How do I get a signature loan in Milwaukee?
Banks, credit unions, online lenders and other businesses offer signature loans, which are unsecured and require no collateral. You need many of the same materials you need to apply for a payday loan, but a signature loan typically requires a credit check as part of the application process. A signature loan may allow you to borrow more money, pay it back over a longer term and get a lower interest rate than a payday loan.
What are some payday loan alternatives in Milwaukee?
Payday loan alternatives in Milwaukee include taking out a loan from a bank or credit union, borrowing from a friend or relative, receiving a salary advance from an employer, getting a credit card cash advance or working out an extension with a creditor.

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    Milwaukee payday loan company information

    USA Payday Loans Milwaukee

    USA Payday Loans has locations in St. Francis, West Allis and Oak Creek and completes payday loans ranging from $100 to $500 in just minutes in stores. All you need is a valid ID, proof of income, Social Security number and your most recent bank statement and bank routing number. Apply online, over the phone or at a USA Payday Loans location. Customers are eligible for 0% interest on their first loan up to $300.

    • Address: 2755 S. 108th St., West Allis, WI 53227; Multiple locations
    • Phone: (414) 328-5455
    • Hours: M - Th: 9am - 6pm; F: 9am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 1pm
    • Website: usapaydayloanstore.com
    Northstar Loans

    NorthStar Loans has 20 years of experience as a payday lender in Milwaukee. Call, fill out an online form or visit any of its four locations for quick approval, even if you have a new job, prior bankruptcy or Supplemental Security Income. Northstar Loans doesn’t pull credit reports during your application or require you to have direct deposit to qualify. Make a referral and receive up to $100 in cash.

    • Address: 4132 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53216; Multiple locations
    • Phone: (414) 442-8581
    • Hours: M - F: 9am - 6pm; Sat: 10am - 2pm
    • Website: wisconsinloancenters.com
    Wisconsin Auto Title Loans, Inc.

    Wisconsin Auto Title Loans Inc. offers installment loans from $100 to $1,250. To apply, you must be 18, have a bank account, present Wisconsin ID and show proof of income. Call any Milwaukee location, use the online inquiry form or stop by to get cash in 30 minutes or less. Wisconsin Auto Title Loans Inc. checks clients’ credit before approving loans.

    • Address: 235 W. Layton Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207; Multiple locations
    • Phone: (414) 294-0247
    • Hours: M, F: 10am - 7pm; T - Th: 10am - 6pm; Sat: 9am - 4pm
    • Website: wisconsinautotitleloansinc.com
    SpeedyLoan

    SpeedyLoan’s goal is to provide short-term loans at affordable rates to help customers manage financial difficulties. Apply online or at any of three Milwaukee locations. SpeedyLoan gives you a check on the same day you are approved and accepts multiple types of repayment, including direct debit.

    • Address: 7410 W. Capitol Drive., Milwaukee, WI, 53216; Multiple locations
    • Phone: (414) 376-5204
    • Hours: Call for hours
    • Website: speedyloancorp.net
    LendNation Milwaukee

    LendNation helps Milwaukee residents find short-term cash solutions and offers installment loans of up to $2,000. Applicants need a photo ID, a verifiable source of income, a bank statement from the past 30 days and two references. Apply online or at a location in Milwaukee, Greenfield, Racine or Kenosha.

    • Address: 4645 S. 27th St., Greenfield, WI 53221; Multiple locations
    • Phone: (414) 282-6661
    • Hours: M - Th: 9am - 6pm; F: 9am - 7pm; Sat: 9am - 2pm
    • Website: lendnation.com/location/wi
    by Sandi Pope ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    Sandi Pope previously worked in the nonprofit sector as an advocate for environmental and social change and believes information access is a human right. As a member of the ConsumerAffairs Research Team, she seeks to provide consumers with the necessary information needed in making life-altering decisions.

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