List of non-profit credit counseling agencies.
There are numerous credit counseling agencies located across the country. Many of them are non-profit organizations that will charge consumers a minimal fee for the services they offer. Some of the agencies may even offer assistance including debt reduction and foreclosure assistance programs for free to qualified individuals.
Below you will find a listing of several of the leading agencies as well as information on some of the services they offer, including debt management plans, negotiations, bankruptcy advice, budgeting support, auto loan assistance, and foreclosure help. They focus on eliminating current debt(s) and ensuring budgeting/financial literacy going forward. There are also details on free credit counseling organizations by state below. A combination of counselors and legal staff may often be employed at an agency. Also note that this list of credit counseling organizations is always being added to and is just a sampling.
National credit counseling agencies
The major non-profit credit counseling organization are below. They tend to provide borrowers with assistance across a large number of states, or maybe the entire nation as well. Some of the credit counseling services will also be available online or over the phone, so face to face contact may not always be required. Most of these organizations have toll free numbers that consumers can dial for help or a free consultation. Or scroll down to find a local branch in your state.
GreenPath Financial Wellness - Debt Solutions - This nationwide agency was started in 1961. They offer a wide variety of solutions to struggling consumers and homeowners. They have programs that will assist consumers with paying off credit card debts, mortgage payments or home loans, medical bills, and bankruptcy filings. Another focus is on helping a customer rebuild their credit scores, if it is low. The agency can be reached at 1-800-550-1961.
Advantage Credit Counseling Service - This non-profit credit counseling agency offers qualified consumers an effective debt management program that addresses a wide variety of bills, ranging from medical to credit cards. The programs offered by this counseling agency have been shown to assist thousands of people across the nation each and every year.
Counselors will clients support as they work to get out of or reducing their debts. They accomplish this by offering, mostly free of charge, debt management plans, confidential credit counseling, and various educational as well as presentations, such as budgeting skills. Advantage also provide free advice to qualified low income families as part of their non-profit function.
The debt management program will help borrowers by reducing interest rates on the money they owe any lenders. There is also help in getting fees waived, entering into payment plans and providing other solutions. They also offer bankruptcy counseling. Dial 866-699-2227.
Take Charge America - This organization has as its mission the goal of enabling people to solve their financial problems and to provide borrowers in need of help with the tools that they need to make good financial choices later in life. To this end they offer short term debt relief programs, and also longer term credit counseling as well as debt assistance to help people become self-sufficient over the long term. Call 866-528-0588 for a referrals to a local branch.
American Consumer Credit Counseling - A number of debt reduction programs are offered by this non-profit agency. They have branches across the county, so the staff bring a variety of credit counseling experience to clients. Credit counselors from ACCC will work one on one with clients to offer them access to numerous financial solutions. The programs offered include direct negotiation with creditors, a debt management plan, free budget counseling, information on hardship programs, bankruptcy counseling, housing and foreclosure counseling, and debt settlements. 1-800-769-3571.
Pioneer Credit Counseling - This agency operates nationwide and is focused on faith based principles. The credit counseling programs they offer are supported by Christian beliefs, but borrowers from any religion can get help. They provide debt reduction as well as management plans, and counseling to qualified families and individuals across the country. Call them at 866-210-3591.
Money Management International - This non-profit credit counseling agency claims to be the largest full service agency in the United States. MMI will provide assistance over both the internet and the phone. Like many of the other non-profit credit counseling organizations that operate locally or nationally, they also offer credit card help, bankruptcy advice, and education on guidance. Borrowers can also get both medical and credit card debt management assistance, and there is also several mortgage and free foreclosure counseling programs. Phone 866-889-9347.
InCharge Debt Solutions - This non-profit focuses on both medical and credit card debt. Everything from settlement to payment plans may be provided. They offer options to help consumers get out of debt. They are also a member of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies, as are most of the other agencies listed here. One of the programs they encourage is debt arbitration. Call them at 1-800-565-8953.
ClearPoint Financial Solutions operates in most states. A number of services are available from the not-for profit organization. A focus is on empowering borrowers to help themselves. Assistance is for bankruptcy filing, housing issues such as mortgage delinquency, as well as excessive credit card and medical debts. Clearpoint also runs veteran reconnect for members of the military that need free assistance. They also help with student loans. 800.750.2227.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling - This organization coordinates many of the regional, state, and nationally based credit counseling agencies. Most counselors across the nation are accredited with this non-profit organization, and are a full fledged member. The programs they administer provide bankruptcy assistance, debt reduction programs, tips on getting out of student debt, and general information on options that are available to clients. (1-800-388-2227)
Springboard Nonprofit - They help people repair their credit and improve their scores. Families may have access to lower interest rates on any future money they borrow as a result of the services. They also offer debt management plans on a limited basis. But this agency focuses on empowering people to solve their own financial difficulties. (800).431.8456.
Credit Counseling Centers of America - Counselors from this non-profit organization can provide consumers across the nation information on and access to a wide array of consumer credit. Borrowers, including low income families, can get free housing counseling, enrollment into debt reduction programs for individuals and families that may be undergoing some form of financial distress. Dial 1-800-493-2222.
Military OneSource Program - This government program is administered by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Members of the US military, veterans, and their family members, can enroll into free credit counseling sessions that is provided in part by the government.
The service is offered for members who are based in the United States and also oversees. Clients will be able to meet with a non-profit counselor to get help with debt reduction, credit repair, mediation sessions, and even mortgage delinquency assistance. Confidential advice is offered either face to face or through telephone consultations. More on Military OneSource.
Debt assistance programs offered by credit counseling organizations
While each agency may offer its own services and resources, all of the clients will typically find some common themes. For example, most will provide borrowers with direct one on one access to a dedicated counselor. This can be in phone, online, or face to face.
Each counselor will review the household’s financial situation, and then provide them with the options that are best for their family. For example, they may suggest the client pursue programs offered by credit card issuers that provide the borrower with credit card help. Most of the non-profit agencies have also created their own debt management plans. At the end of the day any client will be provided with various solutions and options, some of which is free or very low cost. Some needs, such as credit card help, is always in high demand as well.
The above is a listing of some of the credit counseling agencies. There are many other local non-profits too. Many of which offer services free of charge or at a minimal cost to people who enroll in their programs.
Free non-profit credit counseling agencies by state
There are hundreds of other national and regional credit counseling agencies in this country. They will offer free consultations, and maybe even full scale assistance, to low income families that need debt help. They also assist with mortgages, credit cards, medical bills, budgeting, and provide other support. The lists of agencies are non-profits, which allows them to offer free or low cost help. More information is at www.nfcc.org, and they connect individuals to certified and approved credit counselors.