We’ve had many interactions and exchanges with the SBA about clients whose EIDL loan was declined due to a low credit score.
What can you do if that happens?
1. Ask for a Reconsideration. Often EIDL loans are automatically rejected by the computerized underwriting system. What you want is a human being to review your loan request. You get to a human by requesting a Reconsideration.
2. Prepare a Reconsideration letter. At the top of the letter include your name, company name, address, EIN (or SSN if you’re Self-Employed), and EIDL Loan number. REMEMBER: all your information must exactly match the information you inputted on the SBA website when you applied for the EIDL loan. If your name was not included as an owner or Authorized Preparer, then you cannot write the letter; only names that were inputted on the original EIDL application.
3. In the body of the letter, keep it short and concise. Request a reconsideration due to your credit explanation. Write a brief credit explanation in the next paragraph. For example, something like this, “The late payments on my credit report and the resulting lower credit score were directly a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. My income/revenue dropped dramatically and I could not pay my bills on time.”
4. Keep your credit explanation short. If you have any documentation that supports the explanation, be sure to include PDFs of that documentation with your request.
5. Sign and date the letter.
6. Send your request to email@example.com.
Our advice is this: no matter how bad you think your credit is, do not lose hope. Request a reconsideration no matter what!
Here’s our video on “How To Write a Reconsideration Letter”.
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