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Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is the largest serving nonprofit financial counseling organization. Find various topics in this blog, including personal finance, credit counseling, housing, budgeting and student loan help. Click here to speak with an NFCC-certified Consumer Credit Counselor.

An Introduction to 3% Down Conventional Home Mortgages

 By Henry Ochoa For the past few months, private banks have been introducing 3% down conventional mortgage packages. These 3% down mortgages are a way to get first-time homebuyers into a home with a low down payment, as opposed to having to pay the typical 5-20% conventional down payment. Low down payment mortgages are an attractive option for people who live in cities where rent is high and it’s tougher …Read More

4 Things Small Business Owners Should Do Before Fiscal Year End

By Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of WalletHub It might seem like the year’s just getting started, but it’s time to start thinking about the end, fiscally speaking, if you’re a small business owner. Most companies follow the general calendar and use December 31 to mark the end of a fiscal year. But many small businesses – plus nearly 25% of the S&P 500, according to company disclosures – stray from this norm, …Read More

Financial Education Workshops for Military Exceed Anticipated Demand

By Bruce McClary In January 2016 the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) to serve active members of the military, veterans and their families. NFCC member agencies are working with local libraries to offer financial education workshops that use the Wells Fargo Hands on Banking® for Military (HOBM) curriculum, access to personalized counseling, and other resources that help families reach their financial goals …Read More

Researchers from The Ohio State University reveal the impact of credit counseling.

Since its launch in 2013, the Sharpen Your Financial Focus (Sharpen) initiative of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) has impacted the lives of more than 60,000 American consumers, helping them identify and resolve immediate financial concerns, gain a deeper understanding of financial literacy and debt management, and move toward long-term financial stability. To measure the extent of its impact, an independent, scientifically based evaluation was conducted by researchers at …Read More

Libraries and NFCC members work together to help those who serve our country

By Bruce McClary Members of the U.S. armed forces, Coast Guard, veterans, and their families face financial challenges often not adequately addressed by resources designed for the general public. Recent preliminary data from the Sharpen Your Financial Focus® (Sharpen) program reveals military families face unique challenges. For example, military Sharpen participants had higher unsecured debt balances ($400-$500 more) than the average Sharpen participant. Fewer tangible assets and higher debt-related expenses …Read More

TD and NFCC Renew Partnership to Provide Financial Education Seminars

By Drew Kessler TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently announced continued partnership with the NFCC to sponsor 110 adult financial education seminars for approximately 2,000 people in Boston, Florida, New York City, Metro Washington D.C., Philadelphia, North Carolina and South Carolina. NFCC member agencies will host the seminars, scheduled through Dec. 31, 2015, with a focus on budgeting and basic financial management skills, understanding credit reports and scores, and …Read More

Americans Not Paying Bills on Time — and Why That’s Bad

By Erin El Issa Paying your bills on time can save you money. You’ll avoid late payment fees and penalty interest rates, and also maintain or build good credit, which can help you get approved for favorable loan terms. Yet, many Americans — especially those in their 20s and early 30s — struggle to get their bills paid on time, according to a recent study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Here’s …Read More

Credit Counselor Nitzsche: Once Helped, Now He Helps

By Cliff Goldstein Like a lot of young adults, Thomas Nitzsche was able to get approved for several credits cards with high spending limits when he was in his early 20s. And like a lot of people, Nitzsche soon found himself buried under a mountain of debt. “I always maintained good credit, but I was facing about $10,000 in combined debt,” Nitzsche says of that stressful period a decade ago. …Read More

What to Discuss With Your Potential Financial Advisor– Part 3

 By Gary Silverman We continue the series on how to find a financial advisor. Today we’ll whittle down your list. You’ve found an advisor or three who look like they might be a good fit for you…but how do you know? First, I’d schedule a meeting. Most financial planners and advisors will offer a free introductory meeting so that you can kick their tires and they can see if you’re …Read More