Frequently Asked Questions
What can I use the money to purchase?
The money can be used to purchase any assistive technology devices, from home and vehicle modifications to daily living aids. For more examples of what is available to purchase please view our Examples of Assistive Technology page or contact MonTECH for assistance.
What is assistive technology?
It is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
You can find more definitions on terminologies by clicking to view our glossary page.
Who makes the loan?
MonTECH and Rural Dynamics (RDI) have partnered to create the Montana Assistive Technology Loan (MATL) program in such a way that allows persons with disabilities to get loans when a normal financial institution would not approve their loan.
I’ve never received a loan before, so I have no credit history. Will this affect my ability to get a loan?
No, the Loan Committee will review the entire story of an applicant to determine whether they will be able to pay back the loan. Individuals without a credit history may be encouraged to participate in a credit counseling session and set up a budget plan prior to a decision on their loan application.
How much will it cost to get a loan through MATL?
In efforts to keep the loan program going beyond the initial funding year, a loan fee will be added to the amount borrowed upon loan closure.
How much can I borrow?
Loan amounts will typically be made between $500 and no more than $50,000. The Loan Committee may agree to provide loans for more or less than those amounts on a case-by-case basis.
What is the interest rate on the loans?
The interest rate may fluctuate at times, but is set to be affordable for middle to low income families. We do not set competitive rates, but we do set reasonable rates based on Prime. All interest rates are approved by the Rural Dynamics (RDI) and the Loan Committee.
How much will my monthly payment be and how much time will I have to pay off the loan?
Monthly payments will be determined based on the amount borrowed. There will be enough to cover the interest applied and a portion of the principle amount of the loan.
How are loans decided and how long does it take to find out if my loan is approved?
Approvals are made by the Loan Committee, a group of volunteers that are representatives of the community created with a set of procedures in place to evaluate and determine the approval process. The decision process will take no longer than 30 days.
What if I need help filling out the application?
We have representatives available at RDI and MonTECH that can assist you in filling out the application. Please contact us with any questions you have.
What happens if I have trouble repaying my loan?
If you have trouble replaying your loan please contact us immediately to discuss options we may be able to provide for you.
If denied, can I reapply?
Yes, you can petition in writing, email or via a phone conference, for reconsideration. You may want to provide additional documentation that you believe may help you get approved or you may reapply with a co-signer.
The Loan Committee will reevaluate any new information you bring to them and reconsider your loan.