What’s a fixed-rate option for a HELOC?

Once you close on a HELOC, you have the option to lock in a fixed interest rate for up to 20 years on some or all of the money you borrow. That way, if interest rates rise in the future, your fixed-rate option(s) won’t.

  • You can do this at any time during your draw period – that’s the time between opening the HELOC up until your repayment begins.
  • You can have up to three active locks on your HELOC at one time.
  • Each fixed-rate lock option must be a minimum of $2,000.
  • You can unlock or re-lock a fixed rate for some or all of your balance without fees during your draw period.
  • As you pay down your locked balances, your available line of credit amount increases, and you can continue to use it during your draw period.
  • Your monthly payments for any fixed-rate lock options will include both principal and interest.

An example of a HELOC with fixed-rate options

  1. Open a $100,000 HELOC
  2. To consolidate your debt, you draw $35,000 and you’re able to lock in a 8.95% APR.
  3. Next, you choose to remodel your kitchen. Since you aren’t sure how much money you’ll need for the total project, you can’t lock in a rate. You end up drawing $25,000 over time at a variable (or unlocked) rate.
  4. To finish the kitchen, you need new appliances. Since you know the total will be $15,000, you draw that much from your HELOC and lock in a 7.63% APR.
  5. You have now utilized $75,000 from your HELOC and have $25,000 available.

All rates shown are for example only.

Don’t have a HELOC yet? Start your application.

The process for getting a HELOC is simple. You’ll need to complete a basic application, submit any requested documentation and, if approved, close at a branch.

Ready to lock in a rate on your existing HELOC?

View our step-by-step guide to lock a fixed rate.

Our U.S. Bank self-service tool makes it even easier to manage your HELOC and lock or unlock rates on your own. Check out this video to learn how.

Step 1

Log in to mobile or online banking.

Step 2

Select your HELOC account.

Step 3

Choose to lock or unlock a fixed rate.

Step 4

Select the amount you want to lock in, along with the term and rate.

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Home Equity Line of Credit: The Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is variable and is based upon an index plus a margin. The APR will vary with Prime Rate (the index) as published in the Wall Street Journal. As of March 23, 2023, the variable rate for Home Equity Lines of Credit ranged from 8.20% APR to 12.80% APR. Rates may vary due to a change in the Prime Rate, a credit limit below $50,000, a loan-to-value (LTV) above 60% and/or a credit score less than 730. A U.S. Bank personal checking account is required to receive the lowest rate, but is not required for loan approval. Customers in certain states are eligible to receive the preferred rate without having a U.S. Bank personal checking account. The rate will never exceed 18% APR, or applicable state law, or below 3.25% APR. Choosing an interest-only repayment may cause your monthly payment to increase, possibly substantially, once your credit line transitions into the repayment period. Repayment options may vary based on credit qualifications. Interest-only repayment may be unavailable. Loans are subject to credit approval and program guidelines. Not all loan programs are available in all states for all loan amounts. Interest rates and program terms are subject to change without notice. Credit line may be reduced or additional extensions of credit limited if certain circumstances occur.

An early closure fee of 1% of the original line amount, maximum $500, will apply if the line is paid off and closed within the first 30 months. Property insurance is required. Other restrictions may apply. Customer pays no closing costs. Initial escrow related funding costs may apply. An annual fee of up to $90 may apply after the first year and is waived with an existing U.S. Bank Platinum Checking Package.

Home Equity Line of Credit – Fixed Rate Option: A maximum of three active Fixed Rate Options are permitted on a Home Equity Line of Credit. Property insurance is required. Other restrictions may apply.

Example of Fixed-Rate Option Payment: As of January 10, 2023, an interest and principal payment on a $40,000 FRO with an 8.85% APR for 120 months is approximately $503.46 per month. The actual monthly payment may vary based on the FRO request date relative to your scheduled monthly payment date.