UOB's debt consolidation plan is best viewed as an expensive alternative to other plans because the bank advertises interest rates that are higher than those of its competitors. Borrowers that have not previously used UOB's services are eligible for slightly better rates; but it is unclear what rates these borrowers will receive in reality, due to vague wording on UOB's website.
|Summary of UOB's Debt Consolidation Loan|
|Higher than Average Interest Rates: 8.22% - 10.41%|
|Loan tenures: 1 - 8 years|
|Promotion: Cash rebate of S$200 (limited to first 300 customers)|
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What Makes UOB's Debt Consolidation Plans Stand Out to Borrowers
UOB's debt consolidation loan is not among options available in Singapore. The bank charges higher than average interest rates (EIR: 8.22% - 10.41%), making it a less affordable option. Additionally, while the bank does offer a cashback promotion of S$200, this amount is less generous than its competitors and the promotion is limited to the first 300 applicants. For these reasons, UOB's debt consolidation plan is best viewed as a backup to other, more affordable loans.
|Tenure||Flat Interest Rate||Effective Interest Rate|
|1 – 6 years||4.50%||8.22%|
|7 – 8 years||5.50%||9.67%|
|Tenure||Year||Flat Rate||Effective Rate|
|6 years||Year 1||2.28%||9.04%|
|7 years||Year 1||2.99%||10.35%|
|8 years||Year 1||2.99%||10.41%|
Who Can Apply: Eligibility Criteria
Singaporeans and permanent residents with incomes of at least S$30,000 and less than S$120,000 are eligible for UOB's debt consolidation plan. Applicants must also have balance to income (BTI) ratios of at least 12 times their monthly income.
Other Charges and Fees
UOB does not clearly state on its website whether it charges service or annual fees. That being said, it does charge an early settlement fee of 5% or S$200, whichever is greater. UOB also charges a S$90 fee for late repayments. This is similar to fees charged by other banks. We recommend that borrowers make on-time payments to minimise the total cost of their loan.
|Early Settlement Fee||5% on outstanding amount or S$200, whichever is higher|
How to Apply: Application Process
Applicants must complete an online application and provide contact, employment and personal debt information. Salaried applicants must provide their latest computerised payslip and self-employed applicants must provide their latest income tax notice assessment. Applicants must also provide confirmation letters showing unbilled balances for any unsecured credit instalment plans.
- Photocopy NRIC (front & back)
- Latest credit bureau report
- Income documentation
- Latest credit card & credit line statements with outstanding balances