Community College of Philadelphia has partnered with Single Stop USA, a nonprofit organization delivering services to more than 120,000 families nationwide, to establish a new service for students that connects them to state and federal financial resources and local community services. The aim is to help students overcome economic barriers, continue with their education and move towards economic mobility. Single Stop will initially offer benefit eligibility prescreening and assistance to apply for these benefits. Additional services will be phased in over the 2013-14 academic year, including financial education, legal services and tax preparation. All services are free to students.
Single Stop provides FREE and comprehensive social and financial services for all of the College's students:
- Benefits Screening – Quick screening will provide you with information as to whether you qualify for federal/state benefits, such as food and nutrition programs (SNAP, WIC) and health insurance (CHIP, Medicaid). In addition, Single Stop staff will assist you in applying for the benefits.
- Financial Education – Financial services to help you establish and achieve your financial goals. You will receive help on how to build your assets and assistance with debt management.
- Legal Counseling – On-site attorneys will help you with legal problems such as housing, government benefit denials, employment, utility, immigration and other legal issues.
- Referral Services – After completing the prescreening process, staff will assess your needs and make referrals to other resources at the College and in your community.
- Tax Preparation and Filing – For returns, amendments and extensions Single Stop brings certified tax preparers that help you determine if you and family members are eligible to receive the Earned Income, American Opportunity or Child Tax Credits, among others.
- Health Care Enrollment Assistance – During open enrollment (November through February), Single Stop brings certified navigators to assist students in signing up for affordable healthcare plans through the Marketplace.
Financial Fitness Sessions
Group and individual consultations are available to help students:
Understand their credit report - With the assistance of a personal financial counselor, gain insight about how your credit history and score affects your financial health. This session helps identify steps to build, repair or improve your credit.
Become financially fit - Explore how your relationship with money and spending habits impact your financial health. You will learn about different banking options and identify goals to build a healthy financial foundation.
Manage their debt - Examine ways to establish healthy financial behaviors, learn how to prioritize debt payment and draft a plan to get out of debt.
Financial Planning - Assess your spending trends, determine financial priorities, learn how to track expenses, build a budget, set goals and plan to become financially fit.
Specialized attorneys provide legal advice and answer questions about housing, employment, utilities, government benefits and consumer related issues that could potentially or are currently interfering with your educational goals.
2014 Schedule (Wednesday mornings):
- Government Benefits - November 12. Assistance for issues with food stamps, cash and medical assistance, subsidized child care and benefits issues for immigrants.
- Housing - October 15 and November 19. Assistance with unfair evictions, illegal lockouts, repairs, and housing problems related to domestic violence.
- Employment - October 22 and December 3. Assistance with unpaid wages and expunging records.
- Consumer - October 29 and December 10. Assistance with mortgage foreclosure, real estate tax issues and credit card debt lawsuits.
- Utilities - July 23, August 27, October 1, November 5 and December 17. Assistance with shut-offs and billing/service issues.
- Immigration Clinics - October 15, November 19 and December 17. Assistance with immigration law questions, status adjustment and naturalization/citizenship process.
To schedule an appointment, stop by the Single Stop office in Room M1-21, call us at 267-299-5910 or email us. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Fall and spring semester hours
Mint Building, Room M1-21
267-299-5910 or email us
Single Stop staff will confidentially meet with you to help determine the potential resources and benefits that could help you reach your educational goals.