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CFSA values you as a member and is constantly seeking new ways to enhance your membership experience. From preserving access to short-term credit for millions of Americans to delivering value-added member benefits, our goal is to provide you with quality service, results-oriented advocacy, and professional growth opportunities.


To better serve our customers, the payday advance industry calls not only on its payday lenders but also its industry providers. That’s why CFSA offers membership levels to both payday lenders and service providers. To find out more about each level, click on one of the following:

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Payday advance companies, as well as vendors and suppliers to the industry are required to complete one of the following member applications to be considered for CFSA membership. Upon receipt of a completed membership application, business practices form, and best practices pledge, CFSA’s Board of Directors reviews and acts upon applications at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Once approved, your membership will be effective upon receipt of your pro-rated dues.

If you are the owner of one or more payday advance stores, please complete the 2011 Membership Application. All other industry partners must fill out the 2011 Service Provider Membership Application.

All applications and supporting documents should be e-mailed or faxed to:

Attn: CFSA Membership Manager
Fax: 703.684.1219

If you have questions regarding CFSA member benefits or one of the membership categories, please call 888.572.9329.

Connecting With Our Communities

Managing household finances can be a daunting task. However, by using solid budgeting and savings techniques, you can accomplish major financial goals. In the Customer Resource Center, CFSA offers a variety of payday advance resources that support and encourage responsible lending practices, and highlight the vital role of our members’ stores in neighborhoods near you.

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Here you will find an aggregate of industry research, comprehensive data, and benchmarking tools from the short-term lending industry. They cover all payday advance business areas – consumer demographics, media hits, the latest policy initiatives, among others. Click here to access to the partner's resource library.

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For Our Policymakers

CFSA works at the federal, state, and local levels educate legislators and regulators about the role of payday advances in the broader financial services arena. This section provides resources for policymakers who believe in access to credit, want to preserve financial options and ensure balanced, substantive consumer protections. Click here to enter the Policymaker Resource Library.