Differences Between Online Loans and In-Store Loans

With the internet quickly taking over many of the ways we shop, sell goods, or manage money, it makes sense that you can now apply for cash advances online.  Online loans are offered by a variety of lenders, with a quick and easy loan application. But what exactly makes online loans different from in-store loans, and is one process better for you?  Here’s what you need to know about online loans vs. in-store loans to help you decide which one meets your needs. 

Online Loans

Online loans allow you to apply with the convenience of being at home or even on the go. If approved, you can usually receive the funds quickly.  For example, at ACE Cash Express, if approved for a payday loan or installment loan online, you could even have the money direct deposited in your bank account by the next business day.1 Be sure, when applying online, that you apply with a trusted lender like ACE Cash Express, who has been in business since 1968.

In-Store Loans

If you’re getting a loan from a bank or lender with whom you have a personal relationship, this can give you peace of mind that you are working with a lender you trust.  You may also enjoy the benefit of having a lender to whom you can ask questions in person to clarify the terms and conditions of your loan. Lastly, getting an in-store loan may mean that you can get the money immediately, if approved.

Where Can I Apply for an Online Loan?

Suppose you’re looking for short-term emergency cash like a payday loan or installment loan. In that case, you can apply through lenders like ACE Cash Express. Depending on your state, at ACE Cash Express, you can apply for a payday loan online if you need short-term cash for emergencies. You can repay it by your next paycheck. If you need a little more time to repay the loan, you can apply for an installment loan online, which is paid back over time rather than all at once.1 Installment loans may also give you the option of taking out higher loan amounts than payday loans.

All states do not provide online loans; to see participating states, refer to our quick online loans page for more information.

Can I Get a Same-Day Cash Loan?

If you’re looking for a same-day cash loan where you get the money that day, then your best bet is to go in person to apply, and if approved, walk out with cash in hand. If you need the money immediately and can’t wait one business day for the cash to be direct deposited into your account, then check out the loan products available in your state to see if you may be eligible to pick it up in person.2

If you’re leaning towards an online loan, you can fill out an application today to get started on your payday loan or installment loan online.  Or, if you prefer to take out a loan in person, use our Store Locator to find an ACE Cash Express near you. No matter which you choose, if approved, you’ll be sure to get cash quickly and easily to help you take care of whatever emergency life throws at you.

1. Installment loans are intended for customers who need more time to pay off their loan than provided by a single-payment payday loan. Individual payment amounts for an installment loan are smaller when compared to the single-payment payday loan for the same loan amount. The total sum of payments for an installment loan will be higher than a single-payment payday loan if you pay off the installment loan according to the payment schedule set forth in the associated loan agreement. 


2. All loans subject to approval pursuant to standard underwriting criteria. Rates and terms will vary depending upon the state where you reside. Not all consumers will qualify for a loan or for the maximum loan amount. Terms and conditions apply. Loans should be used for short-term financial needs only, and not as a long-term solution. Customers with credit difficulties should seek credit counseling. For approved in-store loans, you will receive funds immediately. For online loans, approval and funding may require verification of application information. Depending on ability to verify this information, loan funding may be extended up to two days. In-store cash pickup of online loans is subject to approval pursuant to standard underwriting criteria and only available at ACE Cash Express locations in the state where you originated your loan. In-store cash pickup of online loans not available in all states. In-store cash pickup of online loans requires valid, non-temporary government-issued identification. Online and in-store loans not available in all states. Populus Financial Group, Inc. is licensed by the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation pursuant to Financial Code Section 23005(a) of the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law. Loans in Minnesota made by ACE Minnesota Corp.  Populus Financial Group, Inc., 300 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Ste. 900, Irving, Texas, 75062, ST.760164.000.  Loans in Texas arranged by ACE Credit Access LLC and made by, and subject to the approval of, an unaffiliated third-party lender.  Populus Financial Group, Inc. is licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, PL-115.