Should I bring my application to your office?

We hate to see people make unnecessary trips! If you qualify to apply, you can fax your application and supporting documents to us at 216-378-9007, scan it to team@interestfree.org, or mail it to us at 23300 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 204, Beachwood, OH 44122.

If you live or work close by, you may bring your application in, but please call us first at 216-378-9042 because we are a small office and want to be sure that someone is here to receive your paperwork.


Do I need to provide identification?

Yes, if you are approved for a loan, we will need to make a copy of your photo ID.


What documents must I submit with the application?

All supporting documents are listed on the first page of each application, and vary by loan type.


How do I get an application?

Please complete our pre-application form for the type of loan you are seeking to receive (standard, education, business). Or, you may call the office to go over our pre-qualifications over the phone at 216-378-9042. After we receive the pre-application, we will be in touch with further instructions.


Do my grades need to be above a 3.0 to qualify for an education loan?

No; HFLA of Northeast Ohio makes education loans based on financial need rather than merit.


What credit score do I need to have to be approved for a loan?

Credit is just one factor in our loan qualification process. We do not have a specific score that we are looking for—rather, our staff looks at our applicants’ credit to verify their debt obligations and to see what their repayment history has been in the past. Generally, we look to see that our applicants make an effort to pay their credit obligations on time. If we have concerns or questions about things on your credit report, we will contact you for more information.


What is the minimum income level to qualify for a loan with HFLA? Is there a maximum income level?

HFLA of Northeast Ohio looks at each application as a unique application. Every person/family has different income, and also has different expenses. Our programmatic staff must be able to verify your income and to see that you have the ability to pay your regular monthly expenses in addition to a loan payment to us. If you have concerns about your income eligibility, please call the office at 216-378-9042 or email us at team@interestfree.org.


What does it mean when you say that your loans are for people who "cannot access traditional financing"? How do I know if I do or do not qualify?

When we say that HFLA of Northeast Ohio’s loans are designed for people who are unable to access traditional financing, we mean that a person may have been denied a loan through their bank or credit union. If you are unsure contact our program staff to see if you qualify. If we receive an application that looks like a person may be eligible for traditional financing, we may require you to apply with your financial institution first. Our funds are limited and must be used for those who truly cannot access other means of financing.