Community College of Philadelphia partnered with Single Stop USA, a nonprofit organization delivering services to more than one million families nationwide, to establish a 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 offers government benefit eligibility screening and assistance to apply for these benefits, legal services, financial education, tax preparation services and healthcare enrollment assistance. 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.
- Tax Preparation and Filing – From January through April, Single Stop brings certified tax preparers to help you prepare and file tax returns and amendments, as well as determine if you qualify for one or more tax credits including but not limited to the Earned Income, American Opportunity or Child Tax Credits.
- Healthcare Enrollment Assistance – Single Stop staff helps you review different healthcare options including Medicaid (yearlong), and plans offered through the Marketplace (during open enrollment). Through on-campus resources and certified navigators' assistance, you are able to expedite the application process and necessary follow up.
- Legal Counseling – On-site attorneys provide legal advice and answer questions about immigration, housing, employment, utilities, and government benefits related issues that could potentially or currently interfere with your educational goals.
- 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.
- 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.
Free legal consultations available on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as follows:
Government Benefits - September 2, September 30, and October 28 in 2015. Assistance for issues with food stamps, cash and medical assistance, subsidized child care and benefits issues for immigrants.
Employment - August 26, September 23, October 21, November 4 and December 9 in 2015. Assistance with unpaid wages and record expungement.
Housing - October 7, November 11 and December 16 in 2015. Assistance with unfair evictions, illegal lockouts, repairs, and housing problems related to domestic violence.
Utilities - September 16, October 14 (Utility 101 info sessions) and November 18 in 2015. Assistance with shut-offs and billing/service issues.
Assistance with immigration law inquiries, status adjustment and naturalization/citizenship process, offered the third Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. of each month.
- Upcoming dates: September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16 in 2015.
Individual and group sessions are available to help you set a solid financial foundation:
- Understand your credit - 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 your 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.
- Planning for Independence – Consider the factors and costs associated with moving out of home and living on your own, while learning how to budget and plan for a sustainable move.
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 Semester: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Spring Semester and Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.