Read on for frequently asked questions about our agency and the services we provide. Don’t see your question? Please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help.
What sets Clearpoint apart from other credit counseling agencies?
Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions has a long track record (50+ years) of assisting consumers in improving their personal finances through counseling and educational workshops. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Our services are completely confidential.
- a member organization of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC);
- accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA);
- a systemwide accredited business of the BBB; and
- a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved housing counseling agency.
I’m in financial distress. How can Clearpoint help me?
Our credit counselors, housing counselors and bankruptcy educators meet with clients individually or in groups to offer personalized advice on steps you can take to improve your situation—step-by-step—be it create a budget, prioritize bill payments, strategize to pay down debt, learn your alternatives to foreclosure, understand how bankruptcy will affect your credit report, and more.
Many of our clients are so overwhelmed by their financial situations that they don’t know their options or next steps. It’s not unusual for our credit counseling clients to bring a bag of unopened credit card statements to their appointments. It’s helpful to have an experienced financial expert help clients take stock of their situations and guide them on how to proceed. Other clients know exactly what they need from their counseling sessions—a reverse mortgage counseling certificate, a bankruptcy education certificate or advice on how to buy their first home, for instance.
In cases of very high credit card debt, our counselors may suggest a debt management program (or plan, also known as DMPs).
How we may help you is highly dependent on your particular financial situation.
What are your services?
- Debt and credit counseling
- Debt management programs
- Reverse mortgage counseling
- Pre- and post-bankruptcy counseling and education
- Homebuyer counseling and education
- Mortgage default and foreclosure counseling
- Educational workshops
What are the prices for your services?
Many of our services are offered for free—others at a low cost. For a complete breakdown, see Clearpoint’s fee schedule.
How is Clearpoint funded?
We receive funding from multiple sources—mostly grants, voluntary contributions from creditors who participate in our debt management plans and client fees.
Some financial support comes from voluntary contributions from creditors who participate in DMPs. Creditors have a financial interest in getting paid, so most are willing to make a contribution to help fund our agency. These contributions are usually calculated as a percentage of payments made through the DMP. However, clients’ creditors are always credited with 100% of the amount paid through us. Clearpoint works with all creditors, regardless of whether or not they contribute to our agency.
Where are your services offered?
We offer most of our services nationwide. Due to state regulations, we cannot provide all services in every state. Email customer service or call 800.750.2227 (CCCS) to schedule an appointment or speak with a counselor immediately. We will let you know if, by chance, we cannot provide the service you require in your state.
What are your customer service hours?
Our hours are as follows:
Monday–Friday: 7:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. (ET)
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (ET)
You may also contact Customer Service by email.
How can I get help most quickly?
Although we can assist with many matters over the Internet, if your need is urgent, please call our Customer Service Department, during business hours: 800.750.2227 (CCCS).
Do you have more FAQS?
Yes. Check out these additional topics:
- Budget and credit counseling
- Bankruptcy counseling and education
- Prospective debt management clients
- Current clients on a debt management program
Who owns Clearpoint?
No one. Clearpoint is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors.
I haven’t heard of Clearpoint. Do you go by other names?
Clearpoint Financial Solutions is our legal name. We do business as Clearpoint Credit Counseling Solutions, but also have other trademarks—some of which were Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) agencies.