Ways to recover from a loan rejection

Being turned down for a loan can be stressful and daunting. Photo by Diego Cervo, Bigstock

After being turned down for a loan, it can leave you confused about what to do next. You want to reapply as soon as possible, but you may not know why you were rejected or how long to wait before reapplying. If you don’t understand what went wrong, you will most likely be rejected until the issue is resolved.

This can happen for any type of loan you apply for, such as home loans, credit cards, or even a business loan. Here’s what to do if you’re rejected for your loan.

What went wrong

The first thing to do is try to understand why your application was rejected. Lenders will normally be happy to give you a reason why it was rejected and are required in some cases as well.

Most people are rejected for the following reasons;

  1. bad credit
  2. Low income

bad credit

When you apply for a loan, lenders will look at your credit history and assess your credit scores. They want to see your repayment history and whether you are suitable for the amount you want. If you have bad credit due to financial difficulties or don’t borrow at all, it can be difficult to get a loan approved.

If your credit was the reason you were rejected, the lender must provide you with the information stating that this was the reason for the application’s rejection, stating reasons and explaining your rights.

Low income

If you don’t meet the minimum, you won’t be hired. Usually, lenders use a debt-to-income ratio to see how you will handle the payments. They compare how much you earn monthly with how much you spend.


After you know the reason for your declination, you can start working on a solution. Here are some quick steps you can take to improve your situation.

Short term resolutions

Correct mistakes

If you notice that there are errors in your credit report, you should aim to correct them immediately. You do have the right to have an error removed and will not be penalized for a typo in your report.

Down payments or collateral

Larger down payments will initially lower monthly payments and help get your loan approved as quickly as possible. Lenders are also more lenient when it comes to lower risk loans and may be willing to approve you even if you have a bad credit score.

If you are trying to apply for a business loan, using collateral can help you get approved. You should try to minimize the chance that you will not be able to pay off the loan, so that the bank considers the loan to be a lower risk.

Long term resolutions

You should not only look at the short term to help your borrowing opportunities. You also need to look to the long term to help you in the future.

Build your credit score

Building your credit score will make it easier for you to borrow in the future. Paying loans on time will gradually improve your score and help you get better interest rates.

Reduce your debt

Existing loans affect your ability to get a new loan. Reducing your old debt will help increase the amount available for monthly payments for new loans.

Increase your income

Obviously, the more money you make, the more you can borrow. Since this is a long-term solution, promotions and career development is a likely solution to help you with your loans. Look at strategies and planning to optimize your salary to ensure that you have more money available at the end of each month.

What to do before logging in again?

Before applying for a new loan, look at yourself and your documents as a lender would. Are there any glaring red flags, and if so, what can you do to get around this limitation?

If you are really stuck with the reapplying process then you should look into the services of a financial broker. They have the experience and expertise to help people with bad credit short term financing they need.

Financing brokers can also help you fix mistakes you might be having trouble with or find out the reasons why you were rejected in the first place.


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