# Payment Calculator: What Does The Term APR Mean In Payment Calculator?

### What is an APR in the Payment Calculator?

While a loan is given to a person, the lender, bank, or any financial institution charges Interest along with the principal Amount. The Principal Amount is divided into monthly payments for the duration. Example 15 years. However, extra Interest is charged on this loan apart from the interest rate. It is the annual percentage rate for the 15 years on that loan.
It is the APR. Understanding the underlying difference between Interest and APR is crucial, mostly in large loans. Like the mortgage loans, the difference is of thousand dollars in such cases.

Considering the definition, the Interest rate is just a fee/charge or Interest on the borrowed Principal Amount.

While APR is a bigger aspect of the cost of the borrowed loan, it includes all the other fees like Broker fees,  discounts, closing amounts, application and administrative fees.

So apart from upfront costs, the additional cost is added to the cost of borrowing amount. It is then prorated for the whole duration of the loan period. However, not every loan has an APR. In such cases, the interest rate and APR are equal.

In the Calculator, input the values of Interest and APR. It will show the results immediately to understand your monthly payment for the borrowed loan. However, if no APR is involved, you can input the Interest rate to consider and calculate all the loan details, regardless of any extra or additional cost. However, if you are calculating the total amount of the loan, it is crucial to consider the APR and Calculate it. The lender or banks usually provide the APR cost in the advertisement form. It is advised to consider all the values and calculate them.

### Conclusion

The Payment Calculator considers the Interest, APR, Fixed or variable rate, and duration to determine the monthly payment.