6 Tips to Finding USDA-Approved Lenders | Guide to USDA. – USDA-Approved Lenders. If you think a USDA loan is the right option for you, and you meet all the eligibility requirements, the next step is to find a USDA-approved lender. USDA-approved lenders work with the USDA to offer 100% USDA financing on mortgages. Remember, these loans aren’t funded directly by the USDA.