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Payday Loans in Kansas Can Come With 391% Interest, Critics Push for Change

Kansans took out $267 million in payday loans in 2018. Some community and religious groups want to change the rules for those loans. (Photo: Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)

People in Kansas took out $267 million in payday loans last year: money loaned for a short term and at very high interest rates. The loans are theoretically paid off when the borrower’s next paycheck arrives. Lenders say the loans are often the only option for people who can’t borrow from family, put expenses on a credit card, or borrow money from a bank. But critics say high interest rates on payday loans prey on people who can least afford them. Now support for tightening regulations is gaining support in Kansas. Nomin Ujiyediin of the Kansas News Service reports.

The Kansas News Service reports on the health and well-being of Kansans, their communities and civic life. (Find more at K-S-News-Service-dot-org.)

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