Cash When You Need It
Fast. Convenient. Simple.
Apply Online

advertiser disclosure

Informed Decisions

We hope our site helps everyone make informed financial decisions.

To keep our service free our partners pay us. This may impact what products we review or how they they appear, e.g. the order in which companies appear, but partners cannot pay us to guarantee favorable reviews. See a list of partners

We do not feature all available financial service companies or products. Let us know if you'd like us to review a company at moc.dnuohyadyapeht@kcabdeef

[close]

Tribal Installment Loans

Updated December 05, 2019

2019 Tribal Installment Loan Rankings

Tribal installment loans are quick and simple. They are available to people with all credit types. Up to $10K can be deposited into your account often by the next day. These loans are expensive. They only make sense for short-term, emergency funding. We review direct lenders based their reputation (Sniff Test), costs, and features. Tribal loans are identified under the lender descriptions as "Governing Law: Tribal."

Filter by state:
Company Name Description Rating
Check Into Cash

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Check Into Cash to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $25,000
  • APR: 195% - 521%
  • State Licensed Lender
Loan By Phone

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Loan By Phone to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $500 - $1000
  • APR: 195% - 521%
  • State Licensed Lender
OppLoans

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit OppLoans to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $500 - $4,000
  • APR: 99% - 199%
  • State Licensed Lender
Ace Cash Express

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Ace Cash Express to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $2,000
  • APR: 175% - 1,029%
  • State Licensed Lender
CashNetUSA

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit CashNetUSA to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $2,000
  • APR: 299% - 456%
  • State Licensed Lender
LendUp

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit LendUp to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $500
  • APR: 155% - 164%
  • State Licensed Lender
Cash 1

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Cash 1 to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $50,000
  • APR: 168% - 390%
  • State Licensed Lender
Cash Central

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Cash Central to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $5,000
  • APR: 180% - 740%
  • State Licensed Lender
RISE

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit RISE to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $300 - $5,000
  • APR: 60% - 299%
  • State Licensed Lender
Jora

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Jora to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $500 to $2,600
  • APR: 170% to 349%
  • State Licensed Lender
Quik Check

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Quik Check to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $500
  • APR: 146% - 548%
  • State Licensed Lender
Check 'n Go

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Check 'n Go to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $250 to $5,000
  • APR: 314% to 662%
  • State Licensed Lender
Cash Store

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Cash Store to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 - $1000
  • APR: 313% to 780%
  • State Licensed Lender
Speedy Cash

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Speedy Cash to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 to $2,000
  • APR: 178% to 680%
  • State Licensed Lender
Blue Trust Loans

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Blue Trust Loans to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 to $2,500
  • APR: 782%
  • Tribe Based Lender
Plain Green Loans

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Plain Green Loans to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $1,000
  • APR: 300%
  • Tribe Based Lender
Cash Advance Now

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Cash Advance Now to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $300 to $1,500
  • APR: 725%
  • Tribe Based Lender
Mobiloans

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit Mobiloans to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $10 to $2,500
  • APR: 206.14% to 442.31%
  • Tribe Based Lender
MaxLend

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit MaxLend to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $100 to $2,500
  • APR: 782%
  • Tribe Based Lender
American Web Loan

eligible credit type ⓘ

Visit American Web Loan to determine actual product eligibility. This is a general estimate and actual eligibility will vary. Credit Types are defined below.

Credit Type FICO® Score
All All Scores
Fair 620+
Good 680+
Great 720+
[close]
all
fair
good
great
  • Loans: $300 to $2,500
  • APR: None Listed
  • Tribe Based Lender

* Rates and fees vary by state. Not all lenders operate in all states. Check each lender's website for up-to-date information.

What Are Tribal Installment Loans

These loans are installment loans offered by lending institutions owned, operated, or affiliated with a federally-recognized Native American community. The loans are typically available to individuals with all types of credit, unsecured, and tied to your pay date. They are typically very easy to qualify for but can be expensive so are best used only if necessary.

Although tribal lenders offer a similar product to traditional lenders because they are run under Native American reservations, they are considered sovereign nations and operate under different restrictions from traditional lenders. Tribal lenders are regulated by tribal law instead of state law. This fundamental difference is neither bad nor good. We have historically preferred state-licensed lenders because their regulations are published and monitored by state officials accountable to elected officials. We do not know the law of the tribe. An interesting feature of tribal lenders is they do not adhere to state interest rate caps. This means their loans can be very expensive but it also means they can make loans in states where the cap is prohibitively low for lenders to offer these type of loans.

Another advantage, in theory, is that they can operate with lower administrative costs. They do not have the costs associated with getting and maintaining licenses in every state they operate. In general, we have not seen tribal lenders pass these cost savings on to consumers but with more transparency and increased competition we may see these savings passed on to consumers.

Many tribal lenders are members of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) a national trade association formed to advocate tribal sovereignty, promote responsible financial services, and provide better economic opportunity in Indian Country. NAFSA promotes best practice standards around lending, operations, advertising, and payments. We support the establishment of this organization and increased transparency but remember NAFSA is a trade organization so, unlike state-regulated traditional lenders, tribes are not legally bound to follow these guidelines.

Tribal lenders may also bring additional benefits to society. These lenders often provide a significant positive economic impact on tribes through social giving, education, housing, employment, and youth programs.

Tribal lenders are able to lend money to both tribal and non-tribal borrowers. In fact, in states where short term lending is banned, these tribal lenders are often the only lenders providing borrowers with an option of short-term loans. Most tribal lenders operate as fair lenders but remember these lenders are not regulated by states so may not have the same restrictions as licensed state lenders.

These loans are paid back over multiple periods with a set payment amount. They are also called term loans because they are paid back over a set term. The payment amount is calculated based on the interest rate, payment periods, and loan amount. The borrower then makes a set payment at every period. Each payment consists of interest and principal. Once the borrower has completed all payments the entire loan is paid off. Personal loans, fixed mortgages, auto loans, and student loans are examples of term loans. The Payday Hound categorizes installment loans as loans with a term generally less than 2 years. For loans that have a term greater than 2 years see personal loans Personal loans typically have a 2-5 year term, offer larger loan amounts, but are typically require a better credit profile than installment loans.

Secured Or Unsecured

Loans can be secured or unsecured. Secured loans have collateral so, if the borrower fails to repay, the lender can seize the collateral. Secured loans are generally cheaper than unsecured loans. Mortgages and auto title loans are examples of secured loans

The installment loans reviewed here are unsecured loans. No collateral is needed. When a borrower fails to pay back an unsecured loan the lender has no collateral to seize so must rely on attempting to collect on the debt. As a result, the lending decision around unsecured loans depends on evaluating the ability of the borrower to repay the loan. To determine this likelihood of repayment lenders traditionally rely on credit history, expenses, and income.

Paycheck Installment Loans

The loans listed in this section are paycheck-based loans. Payments for these loans occur on your pay date. Unlike normal unsecured loans, these loans do not consider credit history and instead, are based solely on your employment. To increase the likelihood of being repaid lenders require access to your checking account where you receive your paycheck. On your payday, they deduct your loan payments.

Companies offering paycheck tribal installment loans have made these loans very convenient. They are quick, simple, and do not require good credit. This convenience, flexibility, and availability comes at a cost -- these loans are expensive.

How Tribal Installment Loans Work

If tribal installment loans are right for you, the application process can take less than 5 minutes. Typically, the lender requires that you be 18+ years old, employed, and have direct deposit set up with your employer. If approved, cash can be deposited into your account within one business day. This money plus fees must be repaid in full and payments are automatically deducted from your checking account on payday.

If approved the lender will provide a payment plan. For example, $1,000 could have a repayment plan with a ~$125 payment every pay period (14 days) over the next 24 pay periods. In the end ~$1,000 costs ~$2,400. This is cheaper than what you would have to pay if you took out a payday loan for the same timeframe, but clearly not cheap so make sure you really need this loan. See borrow money options for other ideas such as delaying the expense or getting help from a friend.

Licensed Versus Unlicensed Lenders

Tribal installment loans can be regulated by both federal and state laws. Federal regulations are generally less stringent and less enforced than state regulations. Lenders licensed in your state are regulated and monitored by your state so are more closely regulated. To become state licensed, lenders generally must apply, register, and remain compliant in every state in which they operate. Each state has a separate process so the licensing process can be expensive and time consuming. As a result, state-licensed lenders are generally not fly-by-night entities. Instead, they are usually larger more permanent companies.

Unlicensed tribal installment loans operate in states under the assumption they can export laws from their state or tribe into other states. Tribes refer to formally recognized American Indian Tribes that are generally treated as separate federal entities and operate under their own laws. Tribal lenders were very common with tribes partnering with financing partners. The tribes contribute their legal status and the financing partner provides the capital and operations. Over the years the position that tribes or states could export their laws into other states has been challenged and resulted in many tribal lenders closing down but recently there has been a resurgence in the growth of tribal-based lenders. The Payday Hound believes in transparent markets, fair regulations, and consumer choice. To the extent, the existence of tribal lenders provides more choice this is a good thing. The creation of the self-regulating Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA) is also a good thing. We'd like to see continued transparency and enforcement to create safer choices for borrowers. For more information see Payday Loan Laws

Installment Versus Payday Loans

Installment loan payments are spread out over time while payday loans are due at your next pay period. Spreading payments out reduces the amount of individual payments and APR but the total fees paid increases. See Payday Loans or Term Loans for more information. Many consumers prefer installment loans because paying the entire loan at your next pay period, as payday loans require, is often too difficult or impossible and renewing payday loans becomes extremely expensive.

Find Loan Lenders by State

Select your state below to find the lenders in your state.