Many credit card issuers, including Capital One, are supporting a new debt management plan (DMP) that will help their customers get out of credit card debt in as short a period of time as possible.
A DMP is an assistance program that provides struggling consumers with a systematic way to reduce their outstanding debt. The borrower will partner with a credit counseling agency, and this agency will distribute the money you pay directly to your various creditors. If you apply for and are accepted into a Capital One debt management plan you may be able to benefit from lower or completely waived finance charges. In some cases your interest rate may be reduced. You will also experience fewer, if any, debt collection calls. After you complete the program the credit counseling agency or other organization you work with will also help you reestablish and improve your credit scores.
While the exact type of debt management program offered by Capital One will vary, on average it takes 36-60 months to repay debts when using a DMP. The accounts you have with all creditors will be paid with 100 percent of the amount you pay through a credit counseling agency.
The Call to Action plan, which was facilitated by National Foundation for Credit Counseling, creates two types of debt management plans for individuals who are struggling. The bottom line is these programs will have a lower repayment rate. The two types of plans that are made available include:
Compare that to most of the other existing DMPs that exist. Most of those now have a repayment rate of as much as 3 percent. So the difference between the two is significant. A hardship consumer with $20,000 in credit card debt would face a minimum payment of just $350 instead of one as high as $600 that exists in current plans.
The Call to Action plan also allows borrowers to save money for the future. The plans allow individuals to be able to save anywhere from $25 to $200 a month to help them build an emergency cash fund that they can use in case of a financial surprise or future emergency. The exact terms of the debt management plan that you enter into with Capital One will determine the amount of those savings.
In addition to a DMP, Capital One is offering struggling card holders six months of zero percent interest to catch up on their bills, APR reductions, fee waivers, debt settlements, and other repayment plans.
Contact Capital One and ask them about how a debt management plan and the Call to Action program can help you get out of debt and build savings. The company can be reached at 1-800-955-7070.
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