NFCC® Distributes Thousands of Financial Education Resource Tools

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Participants in Sharpen Your Financial Focus™ program receive free 12-month membership to Experian® freecreditscore.com.

Sharpen Your Financial Focus

The freecreditscore.com membership serves as an ongoing tangible reminder of the importance of responsible credit behavior.

During the first year of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC) Sharpen Your Financial Focus program, more than 18,000 12-month memberships to Experian’s freecreditscore.com product were distributed to consumers at no cost to them.

Program participants are eligible to receive the free 12-month membership to the freecreditscore.com product through a generous donation from Experian in support of financial education.

“The freecreditscore.com financial resource complements the skills learned through the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program. Allowing consumers to see the impact of their financial decisions on their credit report and score heightens awareness of those actions. The freecreditscore.com membership serves as an ongoing tangible reminder of the importance of responsible credit behavior,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC.

The three-step Sharpen Your Financial Focus program is designed to help consumers increase awareness of their personal financial situation, address any issues that are identified, and achieve long-term financial stability.

The three steps of the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program include the following:

1.    Utilizing the online financial self-assessment tool MyMoneyCheckUp®, available at http://www.SharpenToday.org;
2.    A one-on-one financial review with an NFCC Certified Financial Professional to find solutions to current concerns and develop a realistic plan to meet long-term goals, and
3.    A financial education workshop designed as a “deep dive” into the major area(s) of interest to the consumer.

Freecreditscore.com is designed to increase consumers’ understanding of credit and to provide knowledge that can be used to make educated financial decisions.

Among other features, the freecreditscore.com membership includes access to:

  •     The member’s Experian credit report and credit score;
  •     The Score Planner™ feature, which allows consumers to see how various financial actions can impact credit scores;
  •     Credit monitoring;
  •     Alerts that notify members about new activity on their credit reports;
  •     A mobile app enabling alerts and updates on the go, and
  •     Access to fraud resolution agents if suspicious activity is found in the member’s report.

“Education is key to achieving financial stability. For that reason, the NFCC encourages consumers to take advantage of the opportunity to receive the freecreditscore.com resource free of charge through the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program,” continued Cunningham.

To learn more about the Sharpen Your Financial Focus program (available in English and Spanish) or to inquire about the freecreditscore.com opportunity, consumers are urged to visit http://www.SharpenToday.org. For help with financial concerns or answers to everyday financial questions, be automatically connected to a nearby NFCC member agency by calling 855-3-SHARPEN (855-374-2773).

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The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit financial counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC members annually help millions of consumers through more than 600 community-based offices nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC member, call (800) 388-2227, (en Español (800) 682-9832) or visit http://www.nfcc.org. Visit us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, on Twitter: twitter.com/NFCCDebtAdvice, on YouTube: http://www.YouTube.com/NFCC09 and our blog: http://financialeducation.nfcc.org/.

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