OneMain Financial (formerly known as CitiFinancial and recently acquired by Springleaf Holdings, Inc.) has been specializing in loan solutions since 1912. They try to provide personalized service and offer online access 24/7 to financial tools or account management. OneMain Financial offers personal and consolidation loans to help reduce the strain from high interest debt. OneMain has a very long history and helped shape some of the financial norms we see today. In over 100 years of service, they have helped many people with loans and financial issues. Unfortunately, the company does little to help consumers beyond offering the consolidation loan and is plagued by lawsuits, and many unanswered questions.
- No application fee
- Certified credit counselors
- Financial tools and resources
Financial Tools and Resources
Consumers working with OneMain Financial have access to different tools and resources to help them improve their financial situation and financial education. Some of the resources available to consumers include financial calculators, articles and tests. These educational tools can help customers with become more educated financially and lead to long term success. These tools are resources are free and available to anyone to use. This shows that OneMain Financial finds education to be extremely important to the success of their customers.
Although not a traditional debt counseling session, OneMain allows potential clients to call in at no cost for help in applying for a personal and consolidation loan. Although certified, the staff is primarily trained to assist in getting the loan application completed rather than advising customers on their best course of action or giving advice for managing debt and spending.
OneMain Financial has locations in 43 states making their services available for a broad spectrum of customers. Having locations in most states makes it easier for customers to work with the company and makes OneMain available to more potential clients.
Free Credit Score
OneMain Financial also offers a free credit score tool that allows members to monitor their TransUnion and VantageScore credit scores. This helps customers keep track of their credit and help better themselves when making long term financial decisions. Customers can monitor their credit scores, receive credit alerts and use the credit simulator to see how certain purchases or bills will impact their score. This tool is free to use and is available to anyone.
OneMain Financial has been in business since 1912—that’s over 104 years of experience helping people out of poor financial situations. That experience certainly helps OneMain serve its customers better than some newer consolidation services.
- Two outstanding lawsuits
- Unknown costs – reports of high interest rates
- No industry accreditations
Like many companies in the debt consolidation industry, OneMain does not disclose the average interest rates offered through its debt management plans. This makes it difficult to determine if this company’s service is more or less expensive than the competition without going through the entire process of getting a quote. In debt consolidation, interest rates are extremely important to potential customers. Customers will want to go to a company that offers the lowest fees and can get the best interest rates. Interest rates will have an impact on how much the customer will save and how fast they will be able to pay off their debt. OneMain should have published results and averages so that potential customers can have clear expectations with OneMain’s services.
We found several troubling issues with OneMain, starting with the way the business itself is run. There are two outstanding lawsuits filed against the company, both pertaining to illicit robocalling.
Customer reviews generally point to aggressive sales and collection calls, outrageous interest rates (often higher than credit cards), unhelpful (if not downright rude) customer service, bait and switch advertising, a lack of transparency regarding the terms of the loan, preying on the elderly, unauthorized credit pulls, and allegations of fraud.
There are several organizations that debt consolidation companies can be accredited by to ensure quality standards and other business practices to help customer choose a company that’s been tried and tested. Unfortunately, OneMain Financial is not accredited by any such organizations.
The cancellation policy and process is not published on the website. This lack of transparency can cause some miscommunication or mistrust with OneMain. It is important to be clear with current and potential customers of what is to be expected if they choose to cancel. Most debt consolidation companies publish their cancellation policies and sometimes offer money back guarantees. OneMain does not offer this information at this time.