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Factsheet: Ohio Voters Overwhelmingly Support 36% Rate Cap

November 2, 2020
Payday and Other Small Dollar Loans
Payday Loans
Research

In 2008, Ohio voters affirmed capping the cost of payday loans in the state at 28% interest; however, payday and car-title lenders engaged in schemes to evade the voter-mandated cap, trapping consumers in a cycle of debt with APRs of over 500%. In 2018, Ohio lawmakers approved some restrictions on these lending schemes, but even with these 2018 changes, payday lenders in Ohio are still charging over 100% APR and are not subject to requirements that ensure the loans can be repaid. Ohioans want real reform that has been proven to stop the debt trap—a rate cap of 36% or lower that includes fees on payday loans.