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​Financial Education

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Accel Members Financial Counseling* 

Accel Members Financial Counseling is available at no cost, as a benefit of your credit union membership. Financial counseling is over the phone with certified, professional cou​nselors. There is no appointment necessary; counselors are available six days a week. There is no limit to how many times you can utilize Accel’s services. There are several areas of free services:

  • Immediate Financial Counseling and Budget Counseling Call Accel for immediate help with financial questions. You can request multiple sessions with the same counselor or different counselors. Personal and family budgeting sessions focus on your concerns and needs, including a detailed worksheet and action plan.
  • Debt Management Plan Accel will contact your creditors to negotiate concessions and/or work out loan payment agreements including lower interest rates, elimination of fees and collection activities; at no cost to you. Counselors work to assist with repayment plans with all of your creditors and help you manage all your debts, not just your credit card debt.
  • Housing Counseling HUD-approved counselors can help members with everything from pre-purchase education to foreclosure prevention.
  • Financial Education Articles and Podcasts are available through the information library and contain information on personal financial topics such as consumer awareness, credit reports, credit rights, credit scoring, financial difficulty, housing, kids and money, money management, and retirement.

 

FIT Money

CoVantage FIT Money consists of six modules that focus on how to budget and use credit in a healthy way, to create a savings plan, and to keep their financial information secure and their assets protected. More topics will be added on other areas of need in the future. If you know of a group that could benefit from financial literacy training, contact your local branch manager.

Youth Financial Literacy

CoVantage Credit Union offers products and services for young adults, hands-on learning applications, and youth financial literacy programs and in-school middle school branches.

Hands-on learning applications

  • Pocket Cents is an informational website created by the NCUA that offers information on the value of money, how money is made, the history of credit unions, and more. Know More 

 

Youth Financial Literacy Program and In-School Middle School Branches

CoVantage provides seven middle schools with financial education curriculum and an operating, in-school credit union branch. This program has helped provide thousands of students with financial skills and knowledge they can apply to everyday needs. This program has also helped develop the habit of saving, as the credit union operates right within their class. We currently offer “Kidz” Credit Unions at the following schools: Antigo Middle School, DC Everest Junior High, Shawano Community Middle School, Crandon Middle School, John Muir Middle School, West Iron County Middle School, and Forest Park Middle School.

​* Accel Members Financial Counseling is a separate company from CoVantage Credit Union. CoVantage does not guarantee the services offered by Accel.