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FNB Loan and How to Apply

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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Are you planning to explore the FBN temporary loan option? First National Bank (FNB) is the oldest bank in South Africa. Currently trading as a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, FNB provides private, personal, commercial, business and corporate banking services to millions of South Africans. It is a well-known commercial bank in South Africa. 

Did you know that FNB also offers loans to customers? From instant, unsecured loans to secured loans, FNB is solving the financial constraints of many in South Africa.

Today, we explore more on the FNB loan: its advantages, types and how to apply for the loan, including the FNB temporary loan for emergencies. 

Also read: How to Apply For a Temporary Loan at Standard Bank in South Africa 

About FNB Loan

FNB provides flexible loan services to its customers. The loan types available at FNB are personal and housing loans. Under its personal loans, FNB provides a temporary loan option to cater to the emergency needs of existing customers only.

This article will focus on the FNB personal loan, including the FNB temporary loan. FNB offers up to R360,000 in personal loans, depending on your credit score and how much you request. This loan can be used at will for medical bills, home renovations, upkeep, school bills, etc. The FNB temporary loan also grants up to R10,000.

FNB’s personal loans are unsecured. This means you do not need collateral or any form of security before the loan is advanced, irrespective of the amount you borrow. However, minimal documentation is required. 

Why FNB Loan?

There are several reasons why FNB Loan is a good option for you, and here are some of them: 

  1. FNB is famous for its take-a-break initiative, which allows customers to rest from repayment every January. This plan is automated, as no deduction is made in January. However, if you decide to make the payment anyway, you can.
  2. Interest rates are personalised at FNB, not one-size-fits-all. Your credit profile determines your interest rate. What you can afford is what you are charged. This is another initiative of FNB that customers celebrate. There is also a maximum rate to which FNB adheres to avoid violating the provisions of the National Credit Act. 
  3. FBN offers a discount when you top up a loan instead of applying for a new loan. You will not be charged the loan initiation fee of up to R1,207.50. You can also save between R69 and R4,554 by paying just one monthly account fee of R69. 
  4. The FNB temporary loan grants up to R10,000 for emergencies. The best part is that FNB does not charge any interest on this loan! 
  5. The interest rate is fixed for the entire loan repayment duration; it does not fluctuate with inflation. 
  6. You can lend up to R360,000, thereby catering to large debts. The repayment period can also be as long as 72 months. 
  1. In granting your loans, FNB adheres to regulations stipulated in the National Credit Act, 2005. They also prioritise your security and privacy.

How to Apply for FNB Regular Loan

The application for a FNB loan is easy. It is a completely digital process. The entire process takes 5 to 10 minutes, in the absence of technical or procedural complications. Below is a step-by-step guide for your FNB loan application. 

Step 1: Prepare Your Application Materials 

Before you start your online application, ensure you have all the FNB loan requirements. This will enable a quicker application process. Here’s what you will need: 

  • A valid RSA ID number 
  • Your bank statement showing a legal source of income within the past three (3) months 
  • Proof of your residential address
  • A mobile phone and swift Internet 

Also read: African Bank Loan in South Africa: how to Apply and Access Loan

Step 2: Apply Online 

Next, head onto the FNB website and take the following steps: 

  • On the home page, click the “Apply now” button 
  • Enter your RSA ID number and your cell phone number
  • If you are a first-time customer, you will be given a form to fill in your basic information
  • Returning customers will be asked to log in using their password. If you’ve forgotten your password, you can click the “forgot password” prompt
  • Choose the loan type you want to apply for
  • Fill out the online application form with your employment information, loan amount and proposed term of repayment 
  • Upload your ID, proof of residence, and proof of income
  • If there are no issues with the information and documents provided, FBN will provide a personalised loan offer, stating their interest rate and period of repayment 
  • If you’re satisfied with the offer, accept it and wait for disbursement.

How to Make Your Monthly Repayment on an FNB Regular Loan 

To repay your FNB regular loan, you have to open a loan account. Once that is done, you can use any of the following methods to repay:  

  • Transfer from your FNB regular account into your loan account using the FNB App, mobile banking, online banking, or an FNB ATM. You can schedule the transfer for each month, or do it manually per month.
  • Deposit money into your loan account at an FNB branch.

Opening a loan account makes deductions easier for FNB. It also separates your loan repayment funds from your upkeep funds, thus keeping your finances streamlined.  Note that these repayment methods are only applicable to personal loan accounts with over a 6-month repayment period.

How to Apply for FNB Temporary Loan

There are two ways to apply for an FNB temporary loan. But first, here are the basic requirements for the application process: 

  • An existing FNB cheque or Easy Account
  • A monthly income between R3000 and R4000 at least
  • Between the ages of eighteen (18) and sixty-three (63)
  • A valid South African ID

Also read: Sunshine Loans in South Africa: How to Apply and Get it

Application for FNB Temporary Loan Through Mobile Banking 

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying for an FNB temporary loan using your FNB mobile banking:  

  • Dial *120*321# from the number linked to your existing FNB account and enter your pin
  • Select “Get a Loan” from the main menu and “Temporary Loan” from the drop-down.
  • Scrutinize the FNB temporary loan governing rules. If you are fine with them, select “Continue” from the drop-down.
  • Next, read the Terms and Conditions of the loan, then click “Accept Offer.”
  • Fill in the application form completely, including the amount of loan you want to request and select “Confirm.”
  • Once your application is approved, FBN will send you a confirmation message.

Application for FNB Temporary Loan Through Online Banking 

Below is a step-by-step guide to applying for an FNB temporary loan using your FNB online banking:

  • Log in to the FNB online bank with your username and password.
  • Click on “Loans,” then “Get a Temporary Loan Now.” 
  • Scrutinize the FNB temporary loan governing rules. If you are fine with them, select the “Accept” button.
  • Fill in the amount you wish to loan and click “Take up loan” from the drop-down.
  • Fill in the application form completely, including the amount of loan you want to request, and select “Confirm.”
  • Once your application is approved, FBN will send you a confirmation message.

FNB Temporary Loan for Bad Credit 

FNB takes a credit score evaluation before granting customers an FNB temporary loan. The bank considers the results of your credit score assessment before deciding the amount to offer. Thus, the FNB temporary loan is not suitable for bad credit.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Does it Take FNB to Process My Loan?

15 – 30 minutes. Your loan is processed and approved or disapproved within this period if your application is made on a workday. However, if your application is made on a weekend or public holiday, processing time might take a little longer, as well as disbursement. 

Does FNB Grant Loans to Foreigners in South Africa?

Yes. FBN is one of the banks in South Africa that offers personal loans, mortgages, car loans, etc. to foreigners, just as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Some documents you may need for the loan advance are proof of South African residency, proof of stable income, credit history, and a guarantor or collateral.

Why Can’t I Access the FNB Temporary Loan? 

The FNB temporary loan is only available to customers who have an existing bank account with FNB. Hence, if you get an error message while trying to apply for the loan, it may be because you do not have an account with FNB. 

What is the FNB Temporary Loan Deduction Like?

FNB uses deposits made into your account to repay your temporary loan. Towards the time of your monthly payment, they will place regular calls and SMS to you, serving as a reminder before deduction. Note that repayment of the principal sum on an FNB temporary loan must be completed within thirty-one (31) days after the loan is disbursed. 

Can I Pay Off My FNB Loan Before the End of the Repayment Period?

Certainly! You can choose to pay your loan debt in advance if it is convenient. FBN does not charge extra fees for early repayment.

Ready to Take Your Loan?  

There you have it—a brief rundown of what a FNB temporary loan looks like. 

Now the choice is yours—are you going to take the loan or not? As we always advise, your first consideration should be your financial stability. Make a decision that guarantees stability and peace of mind. And if you need more advice, remember, there are loads of financial tips for you on our website.

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Oluwajuwon Oladiti
Oluwajuwon Oladiti

Oladiti Oluwajuwon is an ardent reader and a voracious writer who is passionate about informing the public with first-hand, authentic information. His writing expertise has spanned over 5+ years, an odyssey that began in 2018. Over the years, he has crafted pieces across multiple domains, including religion, education, politics, and tech. There are two principles at the core of his writing: information must be genuine and accurate, and there is nothing erudite about speaking in terms people don't understand. While maintaining technicality, messages must be passed in a way that resonates with the readers.

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