Credit counseling is not a service that many single moms can afford, which is why we look at low-cost or nonprofit organizations. Fortunately, many programs provide free or low-cost credit counseling.
In this article, we’ll highlight some of the most helpful agencies and single mother services that help low-income Americans.
- 1 Single Moms Credit Counseling Overview
- 2 Low Cost or Free Services
Single Moms Credit Counseling Overview
Credit counseling is a type of debt relief in which credit counselors assess your overall financial situation and work with you to develop a debt reduction plan. Some counselors can help you create a money management plan alongside your debt reduction plan, but they will also provide you with the tools you need to handle your finances effectively.
What to Look For In a Credit Counseling Agency
If you’re unsure where to start looking for a successful credit counseling service, the Federal Trade Commission has a directory of providers on its website. You may also look at the directory of credit counseling agencies maintained by the United States Trustee Program. If you already have a credit counseling firm in mind and want to make sure they’re the best fit, there are a few criteria you can check for.
Aside from assisting you in managing your finances, an agency should be able to assist you in developing and sticking to a debt repayment plan, budgeting more effectively, and providing you with access to educational workshops and materials that can assist you in managing your finances more effectively. You can also check with the local state Attorney General and the consumer protection agency about the agency you’re considering.
You must be certain that the credit counseling firm you are considering meets the following requirements:
- Offer more services than just a debt management plan, such as budget consultation, debt management strategies, and financial education seminars.
- Provide free educational materials or seminars to their clients.
- Instead of focusing only on addressing urgent issues, present long-term action plans.
- In your state, the organization is authorized to provide credit counseling services.
- They have credit counselors on staff who have advanced credentials and are licensed or qualified to work in the field.
- For their customers, they have a strict confidentiality agreement.
Low Cost or Free Services
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that certifies and accredits credit counselors worldwide. The company also offers educational assistance to the organizations that are a part of it. The majority of the NFCC’s organizations provide credit counseling for free or at a reduced rate. Please visit their website for more information or to locate a nearby agency.
The ACCC is a non-profit credit counseling organization that helps people with debt consolidation and budgeting. The organization will also support homeowners and students in obtaining student loans and providing free financial management seminars. Visit Consumer Credit’s website for more information on single mother benefits.
FDIC Money Smart Resources
The Money Smart Podcast Network provides many tools to assist you with properly handling your debt and finances. The website’s selection of audio files will help individuals make better financial decisions.
It’s free software with no copyright protection. The podcast network is also flexible, and it was created with the Money Smart Curriculum concepts in mind. Go to the website and start listening to the podcasts to get started with the software.
Clearpoint is a non-profit credit counseling organization that provides free credit counseling and budgeting assistance. Clients receive customized action and budget plans, as well as free FICO ratings and credit report reports, from their counselors. To contact Clearpoint, go to their website for more information on single mom assistance.
They are a non-profit agency that helps low-income customers pay retailers or creditors when they don’t have the money to do so themselves. Modest Needs does not support those who have cash on hand; instead, it makes payments directly to creditors on behalf of those who are less fortunate. If an applicant qualifies for assistance, these services are also provided free of charge. Visit their website for more details and eligibility criteria for single mother grants.
Free Online Financial Courses
There are several free online financial courses available to help you create your own successful debt recovery plan and better manage your finances. The following are some of the most reputable online courses:
- Delaware Money School
- National Financial Education Network
- Money Smart (free podcast by FDIC)
- America Saves
- Money Skill
Other Single-Parent Debt and Credit Resources
If you’re a single parent who’s having financial difficulties, there are services available to assist you. We wrote some other insightful articles to help if you’re struggling with debt.