Showing posts from February, 2020

Consumer Credit Counseling Service Applauds NYS Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights

Consumer Credit Counseling Service Applauds NYS Student Loan Borrower  Bill of Rights Student Loan Debt Continues to Cause Problems; Only Local Program Available Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) announced a new initiative today, sponsored by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), the first ever Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights which outlines protections for New York student loan borrowers. Last month, NYS DFS officials embarked on a statewide tour to advise student borrowers of their rights and hear directly from parents and students about their experiences with paying their loans. This is part of DFS’s “Step Up for Students” program where they hold town hall style events to bring together DFS representatives, including the Department’s newly announced Student Loan Advocate, with student borrowers, their families, college financial aid officers, legislators and the general public to hear and address concerns about the growing issue of studen

FREE Tax Prep

FREE Tax Prep at Two Niagara County Locations; Call Now to Book Appointment Don’t Get Ripped Off! For Profit Tax Prep Sites Take Advantage of Low Income Families There are Over 40 For Profit Sites in Niagara County Did you know that the City of Niagara Falls has 23 for profit tax prep companies —and that Lockport has 18 ?   And that they charge on average $500 for a tax refund ? Every tax season, for profit tax preparation companies take advantage of low income individuals. Knowing this, several years ago, Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) formed the Niagara County Financial Literacy Coalition (now known as the Niagara County Financial Empowerment Coalition) to economically empower low income Niagara County residents—and free tax preparation is a central service provided. Our main goal was to provide these services in Niagara County as no other group helped the low income population increase their financial capability. Free Tax Prep Programs in Niagara Falls and Lock