Free Credit Counseling

[ 6 ] July 6, 2015 |

In the last issue of Money Rep, I briefly described some options our members have to avoid the heavy interest and fees associated with payday loans.   As identified in that article, one of the benefits of your membership at IAACU is free credit counseling.   There are five Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFCs) on staff at IAACU.   These counselors can provide advice and help develop a plan to meet your credit and cash flow needs keeping you away from the onerous terms of payday lenders.

IAACU is a member-owned financial cooperative organized and maintained for the benefit of our members.  As such, we recognize that anyone can have financial problems for a range of reasons and we are here to help, not judge.  We believe chief among the essential qualities a financial counselor must possess is the ability to give members hope and motivate them to make necessary changes to relieve financial stress.


Following are sample topics for which our counselors are trained to help.  Perhaps one of these topics hits home with you or someone you know?  Or triggers a related question?  Please consider contacting us if you would like to know more about:

  1. Understanding Your Cash Flow and Cash Flow Needs
  2. Constructing a Spending Plan/Budget
  3. Dealing with Debt
  4. Dealing with Creditors
  5. Establishing and Repairing Credit
  6. Addressing Severe Financial Problems
  7. Creditor and Consumer Rights and Remedies
  8. Repossession, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
  9. Directing Members to Community Resources
  10. Reducing Housing Costs
  11. Recognizing the Impact of Transportation Decisions
  12. Doing More with Less
  13. Credit Card Providers, Practices and Repayment
  14. Developing a Savings Habit

Check with IAACU before going to a payday lender.  Don’t let embarrassment be an excuse to keep you from getting help. Our counselors are professionals and deal with these situations regularly.  If we can’t help we’ll direct you to one of our partners who can.  Our goal is to look after your best financial interests, not “turn a buck” – we exist solely to serve our members and advance their financial well-being.


We offer our sincere appreciation for your membership!

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Sean has been the Chief Executive Officer at the IAA Credit Union since June of 2005. He is a graduate of Illinois State University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness with a minor in Economics. Sean and his family live in Eureka, Illinois.

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  1. Ron Siwinski says:

    I am a member and am interested in getting some help with establishing a budget and spending plan. I tend to just go day-by-day and know I could be doing better with my money. Any help would be sincerely appreciated.

    Thank you for your kind consideration and have a nice day.

  2. Becky Hamilton says:

    I am a member and would love some more information on setting up a budget. If you could have a financial counselor contact me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    • Sean Wells, CEO says:

      One of our Counselors will be in contact, thanks for letting us share some tools with you. Hope you find the conversation of value,

  3. Jen says:

    I’m interested in obtaining more information on setting up a budget, following a savings plan and repairing credit.

    • Sean Wells, CEO says:

      One of our counselors will contact you at the phone number we have on file for you. Thanks for your interest!

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