Loan Application Rejected – What Next?

October 1, 2014 . FundsIndia Desk

This article is a contribution towards our financial literacy series. It has been written by a specialist in credit and debt counseling – Satish Mehta, Founder and Director of

Have you ever had to use a boat loan caclulator to determine how much you can afford, or applied for an auto loan, a home loan or a personal loan? What if the loan application got rejected? What to do next? Rejection of any kind is one of the greatest fears that lie within us. But there is also a way to address this. Put on your thinking cap to understand the few ways on what to do next when your loan application gets rejected.

fi_rejectionKnow and understand: Check with the credit institution to know the reason for the rejection – read it and understand the reason. As per the Reserve Bank of India, “A bank cannot reject your loan application without furnishing valid reason(s) for the same.” Does the reason for rejection talk about a low credit score? Does it point to poor payment history? Are the reasons reflecting in your credit history? It’s time to check your credit report to know the reasons behind the rejection.

Re-check your credit score: A low credit score is one of the reasons for which the credit institution may have rejected the loan application. There are different credit scoring models that different credit institutions may follow – it may be its in-house scoring model, or a credit score obtained from a credit bureau. It is advisable to check your credit score with one of the credit bureaus in the country to know how credit healthy you are.

Do an error check: A credit report contains your demographic details, credit account details and payment history. Do a check to see if there are errors on your credit report related to your personal details or account details. If there is some information which you think is not related to you, then it needs to be rectified and updated by the respective credit institution and thus, at credit bureaus.

Seek help: Do you need help to understand your credit report? Do you find it difficult to read your credit report? Credit counsellors guide you in understanding and reviewing your credit report .They also suggest ways to improve your credit score. Seek the guidance of these experts.

Rejections are always a learning experience. Stop worrying and instead, be a little more alert, a little more prudent, a little more assertive, and a little more proactive because who knows? A window of opportunity may open soon for you!


Satish Mehta is the Founder and Director of – a credit and debt counselling company that provides end to end customized counselling to individuals by handholding them through their credit life cycle.

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