What can I purchase with my assistive technology loan?
Do I have to purchase the assistive technology I want from a certain store?
Who is eligible to apply?
How much can I borrow?
What is the interest rate on the loan?
How long do I have to repay the loan?
How can I apply for a loan?
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You can purchase any item, piece of equipment, or device that will permit you to improve your independence and quality of life. Examples include: wheelchairs, scooters, hearing aids, vision aids, vehicle modifications, home modifications (e.g. ramps, widened doorways, roll-in showers), and much more. Top^
No, equipment or products may be acquired commercially from a store, from a specialty dealer, from a private seller, or may be custom made. Top^
Any resident of the State of Michigan who has a disability or any senior who needs assistive technology may apply. Family members and guardians may apply on behalf of the person with the disability. Applicants will need to become members of the Option 1 Credit Union in order to obtain a loan. If your loan is approved, you will be required to submit a $ 5.00 check or money order to Option 1 Credit Union to open up a share account in your name. Top^
There is no minimum amount; the maximum loan amount is $30,000. Your ability to repay the amount requested will help determine if your loan request is approved.Top^
Interest rates are determined by the Option 1 Credit Union at the beginning of each month. Currently, the loan interest rates are between 4.75 and 9.75%. The rates are dependent on how long it takes you to repay your loan and your credit score. Top^
Repayment terms are based on the expected useful life of the assistive technology device and on your ability to make the monthly loan payments. Repayment terms are as long as possible, up to a maximum of seven years in order to give the applicant the lowest monthly payment possible. Top^
You can apply for a loan by clicking on the application link to download an application, by contacting the Loan Fund Manager at United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan (800.828.2714), or by contacting one of our local application sites and requesting an application from them. Top^