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Consumer Resources

See below for a number of free financial planning resources for those ready to take a proactive step in improving their personal finance lives.

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For resources for nonprofits and financial planners seeking to engage in financial planning programs, please click here.

RESOURCE HUBS AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM 

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: The CFPB looks out for consumers first and foremost. Browse by money topic to find answers to commonly-asked financial questions. Learn the basics, understand key terms, and find ways to take action when you have an issue. For up-to-date information related to COVID-19, visit the CFPB’s coronavirus resource page.
  • Get Your Free Credit Report: Federal law requires each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – to give you a free credit report every 12 months if you ask for it. Learn how to review your credit report and check errors that might lower your score here.
  • GreenPath has launched a Learning Lab portal which offers “Choose your own Adventure” style coursework to help individuals improve their financial wellness. Greenpath also provides various resources and tools to help Americans better manage and improve their finances, including a financial health assessment, financial guides & worksheets, debt calculators, and more.
  • Money Smart: This comprehensive financial education curriculum, from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is designed to help low- and moderate- income individuals enhance their financial skills. The course is available in multiple languages.
  • Practical Money Skills: Money guides, downloads, and information on topics such as buying a car, renting an apartment, and heading to college. Learn how to improve your credit score, and why you should care about credit in the first place.

TALK TO A FREE FINANCIAL EXPERT 

  • Financial Planning Association (FPA): Many FPA members are currently offering pro bono financial planning guidance to underserved* individuals across the United States. Access the full list here.
    *Underserved is defined as low-income individuals and families, military personnel/veterans, domestic violence survivors; people affected by natural disasters, serious medical crises, bankruptcy, etc.
  • GreenPath, Inc.: GreenPath, Inc. is a non-profit, financial wellness organization that has been empowering people to lead financially healthy lives since 1961. It offers free credit counseling and debt management solutions that are personal and tailored to each situation. Call 1-800-550-1961 to speak with a team member.
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC): NFCC promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior. Call 1-800-388-2227 to speak to a counselor near you. Para ayuda en Español llama al 1-800-682-9832.

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