Debt Management Plan

If your debt feels overwhelming, it may be valuable to seek out the services of a reputable credit counseling service. Many are non-profit and charge small or no fees for their services. You can review more information on selecting the right reputable credit counselor for you from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Credit counselors can help you develop a Debt Management Plan (or DMP) and can negotiate to reduce your monthly payments. In many cases, you’ll be responsible for only one monthly payment to the credit counseling service, which will then disburse funds to all of the accounts you owe on.

Your credit report may denote that accounts are paid through a Debt Management Plan and were not paid as originally agreed. Using a Debt Management Plan may not negatively impact your credit history when you continue to make payments on-time as agreed under the new terms.

Alternatively, you could consider consolidating your debt via a personal loan or balance transfer credit card. In some cases, debt consolidation loans can provide lower interest rates and reduced monthly payments, as long as you qualify and stick to the program terms.

(By Experian)

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