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Military Loans: Avoid the Payday Debt Trap

The Center for Responsible Lending estimates that predatory payday lending costs American consumers $3.4 billion per year in excess fees. The payday lending business model is designed to cultivate repeat borrowers. Rather than filling a need for short-term credit, payday loans trap borrowers in escalating debt.

In many ways, soldiers are ideal targets for these abusive payday loans. They have a steady income from the government, often with little to spare, at an average of $1,200 per month for new recruits. At deployment time, when military families are faced with extra expenses at home and abroad, they may be more vulnerable to the promise of quick cash from payday lenders.

Learn more about the problems with payday loans to military personnel.

Content provided by the Center for Responsible Lending.