Get Started Now With a Debt Settlement Plan, your monthly payments are held in an FDIC-insured bank account while lowered settlement amounts are negotiated with your creditors, with the goal of allowing you to repay only a percentage of your debt - typically around 50% over a 3-5 year period.
While settlement usually offers a much lower monthly payment than the DMP, it also carries with it more severe considerations, including possible increased collection activity and a negative impact to your credit. Bankruptcy is usually a last resort that involves a complex legal process created by Congress to provide relief from financial distress when you can no longer pay even a portion of your debts.
Just like the DMP, this debt relief option provides you with access to comprehensive debt counseling and superior customer service, online account access, and a payment structure which guarantees that you don't pay us until you receive benefits. Our hope is that after we review your situation, we can find an alternative to bankruptcy.
If bankruptcy appears to be an option that you may want to consider, you will want to talk through that process with an attorney.
But critics worry that consolidating so much market power in a single servicing company is risky, with echoes of the too-big-to-fail institutions that fueled the 2008 housing crisis.
“We’ve already seen a real lack of accountability among the servicers in helping people manage their repayments, which should be the real priority,” said Cody Hounainan, program director at Student Debt Crisis, a nonprofit advocate for borrowers.
Many credit counseling services also can provide debt management plans, which involve negotiating repayment plans with your creditors.Debt settlement typically is negotiating a reduced balance with your lenders, usually resulting in the accounts being reported as settled for less than originally agreed.Accounts reported as settled are scored negatively by all scoring models.These plans often involve securing lower minimum monthly payments or lower interest rates, but do not cause the debt to be settled for a lesser amount.Such changes typically do not negatively impact your credit history as long as you continue to make all payments as agreed under the new terms.