CPDF informs consumers on financial opportunities through small dollar, short term loans.

Raising Financial Recognition for Consumers

CPDF Mission

Consumer Payday Financing

Educating the public about the best solutions to build a sound foundation for personal economic growth.

The CPDF is committed to providing consumers simple, clear loan terms and fair treatment. The CPDF believes consumers deserve choices when getting a small dollar, short term loan.

Founded to advance consumer financial knowledge, the CPDF supports responsible lending practices and regulations that defend borrowers while protecting their access to credit products.

Recent Financial News

Payday Loan Consumers

Payday Loan Consumers

19 million choose a payday loan as their preferred short term loan

Savings Accounts

Savings Accounts

9% have enough in savings in case of an emergency

Loan Market Trends

Loan Market Trends

Consumer demand for payday loan alternatives continues

Financial Industry Shifts

New Financing Types

More lenders are providing low fixed rate short term loans

Reports & Charts

Reports & Charts

Browse our records detailing changes and advancements

CPDF Principles


Empowering Borrowers

With a strong demand for consumer protections and fair lending, the financial market and its investors should provide credit access while keeping loan products affordable. We dedicate our work so that borrowers receive access to credit options despite:

  • Credit Score
  • Employment Status
  • Income Size
  • Debt History

Reporting Lending Practices

Increasingly, Americans from every socioeconomic class and credit history are choosing a short term loan as their preferred financing method. CPDF reports any notable changes whenever a new consumer protection law passes, the lending industry begins providing installment loans with extremely low rates, or any other kind of alteration in the short term loan, payday loan, cash advance loan, and installment loan industry.


Establishing Financial Awareness

Consumer Payday Financing wishes for every American to have the same financial opportunities as the wealthy. Compared to the days when a payday loan or cash advance was the only choice for borrowers who needed cash fast with no questions asked, having an online connection lets a lender connect instantly to any borrower. These new lenders are giving fast approval to short term loans with installment payment plans and fair rates. Those terms are still not widely accepted in the payday lending community.


Consumer Financial Protection

Why do people get payday loans?

  • Easy Approval - Most payday lenders don't check the borrower's ability to repay the loan.
  • Low Loan Minimum - Borrowers can apply for as little as $100.
  • Fast Funding - Payday storefronts let a borrower walk in and leave with cash, in minutes.

The rate of Americans' personal debt grows daily. 25% of Americans bringing in more than $100,000 a year are living paycheck to paycheck while 76% of all Americans are living hand to mouth. 47% of hard working Americans would be unable to find $400 in case of an emergency. These staggering statistics show that the majority of our country is one paycheck away from financial collapse and demonstrates the significant role short term lenders play.

"Short term or installment loans have been found to be an effective alternative to getting a payday or cash advance loan."

- The CPDF Annual Report 2016

According to a U.S. government consumer resource, payday alternative loans, or PALs, offer consumer protection features that should be used before a high cost payday loan. "Before taking out a high-cost payday loan, consider alternatives, such as: Talking with creditors to negotiate more time to pay bills. Borrowing from family or friends. Shopping for a credit offer with lower costs, consider a low-rate credit card. Inquiring about an advance from your employer. If you have an account at a credit union or bank, there may be less expensive alternatives available to you, especially if you have direct deposit or a stable credit history." Source: http://www.mycreditunion.gov/what-credit-unions-can-do/Pages/payday-loans.aspx

Keep in mind, the increasing regulations placed on payday companies and their high interest loans have allowed for online lenders to extend their higher quality loan products to include financing for those with bad credit and who want shorter terms. "[Online short term loans provide a borrower] with a speedy loan application, no fees for checking your rate, no prepayment penalties on short terms, and online application." Source: https://www.mygreenloans.com/short-term-loans/

To prevent credit card late fees, a credit score drop, or the inability to finance unanticipated expenses, responsible and smart consumers choose a personal loan with a short term, a fixed rate, and an installment payment plan. A payday loan is no longer the fastest and easiest way to borrow money. These personal installment loans give borrowers a more affordable choice when needing to access cash quickly. The loan's simplicity is what borrowers consider a short term loan's greatest benefit. With scheduled repayments, fixed rates, and short terms, a small dollar personal loan offer consumers an alternative to payday loans that is easier to control and pay off. Every part of the process is transparent and easy to understand. The fixed rate and term allows equal monthly installments. Borrowers know exactly how much is due each month. That $400 expense could have hurt their credit and future loan opportunities. Instead, a simple loan means the the bills were paid, finances were kept in check, and financial security is maintained.

Circumstances such as these are why CPDF exists. Informing borrowers of low cost loan options, encouraging the lending industry's fair practices, and promoting laws that protect consumers improves the financial and economic status of consumers. Effectively, this has been known to restore our nation's economic conditions and promote prosperity. Individuals should be afforded rights to short term loan products and services. The CPDF will continue to work for consumer financial rights and raise financial industry standards.