Denied a loan because of a bad credit score? Here’s what you can do about it

Writer and editor - Lauren Ward | Updated on 2023-02-24

If your loan application has been rejected, be certain: you aren’t alone. Loan applications can prove to be the hardest task when securing any type of a loan especially if it’s your first time and you don’t have an experienced attorney to walk you through the process. After rejection, the next step you should take depending on reasons why your lender denied your loan.

If you’re unaware why your loan was rejected, it’s sensible to call your lender for further clarifications. In most cases, the lender’s reasons can be imprecise and will therefore not supply a succinct explanation of the situation. However, some loan denials can be easy to remedy. In case you’re faced with such a predicament, you might need the following simple steps to remedy the situation.

Step#1: Establish why your loan application was rejected

Identifying the route cause should be your first step. Try to know why they denied your loan. What did your lender factor to reject loan? Was it because of a bad credit score?

You’ll need these answers before taking any action. Fortunately, getting such information isn’t difficult; all lenders are compelled by laws to supply all borrowers such information.

Step#2: Are the reasons for rejection correctable errors? If yes, then go ahead and correct them.

Your loan can be denied because you failed to meet your lender’s minimum income requirement, you provided incorrect personal information, or you applied a wrong type of loan. Regardless of the reasoning, you’ll need to establish a correctable error, correct it, and resubmit your application.

Step#3: Get a copy of your credit report and credit score

Step three involves getting your credit report if your loan denial was based on your poor credit score/record.

Credit records can be obtained for free or at a small charge from major credit bureaus:, and At MyFICO you can for a one time fee see your credit score from all three bureaus, which is very convenient. If you only want your credit report without FICO score, get it for free here

Step#4: Improve your bad credit score

There are three relatively easy ways to improve your credit score.  The first one involves paying off maxed out credit cards, which can lower your credit score. The second involves having three credit cards, two with zero balance and the third with a 33% utilization as maximum. Third, check your credit report for hard credit checks that might be incorrect and try to have them removed. For example, if a collection agency sells your debt to another agency they are required to remove their credit check from your report. Another way is to simply wait them out, after 12 months they expire.

Step#5: Make a new loan application

Just because your loan was turned down doesn’t mean that your other loans are not going to be approved. Don’t be discouraged! Remember, different banks subject lenders to different loan approval standards. So, another lender might consider approving your application. See our list for highest approval chances when it comes to loans for bad credit.

Securing a loan can be demanding. Also, it can be discouraging if your loan is denied. However, the above simple steps can get your loan approved again!

Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward
Writer and editor

Specializing in original, well-researched web content, including blog posts, news articles and web copy. Areas of expertise include personal finance and lending. 10 years of experience as freelance writer and working at Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
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  1. Luana Comardelle - 2018-03-25 Kl. 11:13

    Yes I would like to how I can find someone to approve me when I have been denied for loans.

  2. Gilbert sesma - 2018-06-01 Kl. 08:34

    I have been applying for a loan with companies that they help people with bad credit, in fact I have applied with all that you list and was declined by every single on, what bothers me most is my credit score is not that bad it’s 565 and I’m only asking for $1000,the only offers I do get is payday loans but I know I can’t afford to pay it back in full my very next payday, hell if I could I may as well just wait till I get pain and save the damn interest, that’s just stupid,I can’t believe I’m having such a difficult time finding a poor credit installment loan of $1000 with a score of 565, there’s gotta be someone out there that will help me,if you know of anyone please reply and let me know, thanks.

  3. Lauren Ward - 2018-06-12 Kl. 01:37

    First of all, sorry to hear you got denied. Also, you made a good decision not accepting a payday loan you can’t pay back.

    But don’t give up. I would check if you over time could pay back on any credit cards you might have, if you’re near max limit this is a red flag and your credit score might plummet. If you don’t have a cc or only have one, I would recommend getting another one. Keep it at zero balance. This should improve your credit score.

    Good luck!

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