Debt Elimination

Don’t let debt run roughshod over your finances! Find all the answers you need about eliminating debt as quickly as possible.

Being able to manage debt and eliminate debt efficiently is critical to your financial success. If you can keep debt under control, you’ll avoid financial issues and have an easier time maintain a high credit score. On the other hand, when debt gets out of control, it’s almost impossible to reach your financial goals.

With that in mind, we’ve put answers to all of the questions we’ve received about how to eliminate debt below. These pages should be able to help you manage debt in your own situation. If you can’t find the answer you need or need more information, ask your question using the form to the right and we’ll respond within 48 hours. If you need immediate assistances, call us at to speak with a certified credit counselor now.

    • Do I Have to Close My Credit Cards When I Enroll?

      When you enroll in a debt management program it allows you to consolidate high-interest credit card debt into one low monthly payment, but there’s a tradeoff. Learn how the program impacts your ability to use your cards.

    • What Types of Debt Can I Consolidate?

      A debt management program allows you to consolidate debts into a single monthly payment at lower interest rates, but it won’t work for just any kind of debt. We tell you what can and can’t be included when you enroll.

    • How Do I Know If a Debt is Really Mine?

      When collectors start to call and send letters, it can be overwhelming – especially if you aren’t sure if the debts they’re asking about are even yours. We explain how to use your credit report to verify which debts you owe.

    • Can I Enroll If I’m Being Sued?

      Just because you’re getting sued over an unpaid debt, it doesn’t mean you’re stuck! Consolidated Credit’s President Gary Herman explains how you may still be able to enroll in a debt management program even with a lawsuit.

    • What are the Fees for a Debt Management Program?

      People often wonder how much they can expect to pay for debt consolidation. April Lewis-Parks explains how fees are calculated and applied when you consolidate through a debt management program.

    • Can I Consolidate Debt Consolidation Loans?

      A burdened borrower wants to know if she can consolidate two debt consolidation loans along with her credit cards using a debt management program. Our expert explains how and when this can be done.

    • Can I Add Accounts to My DMP?

      A client wants to know if it’s possible to add credit cards to her debt management program. We explain how accounts can be added after the fact and what needs to happen if you want to leave cards off in the first place.

    • What Happens Once I Pay Off an Account?

      Every monthly payment you make on a debt management program is distributed amongst the creditors you owe, so what happens after an account gets paid in full? President Gary Herman explains in this video ask the expert.

    • How Will a DMP Affect My Credit & Interest Rates?

      A borrower with fair credit asks how a debt management program will affect their credit and how the program compares to a debt consolidation loan they can only qualify for at an interest rate of 28%. How does the DMP stack up?

    • Who Do I Owe on a DMP?

      People often have questions about who they owe once they enroll in a debt management program. We explain why you still owe your original creditors and how the program works to pay your creditors off without transferring the debt.

    • Can Credit Counseling Help with Collections?

      While enrollment in a debt management program is the most beneficial before your debts are charged-off by the original creditor, going through credit counseling can still help you even if your debts are already in collections and sold to a third party.

    • Are Spouses Required to Enroll Together?

      When you decide to use a debt management program, you may wonder if your spouse has to enroll in the program with you or if you can simply enroll on your own. We help you understand how cosigners and authorized users may affect enrollment.

    • Six-Figure Salary, Six-Figure Debt

      People often assume as six-figure income automatically equates to financial success, but unfortunately a big salary can mean even bigger debt problems. Credit counselor Elana Riback helps high income earners achieve a balanced budget.

    • Should I Consider Consolidation?

      If you’re struggling to get ahead with your credit card debt payments and getting nowhere fast, debt consolidation may reduce your interest rates so you can pay off debt faster. Learn how consolidation works to decide if it’s right for you.

    • Making Headway When You Pay Off Debt

      Credit card debt can be tough to manage – especially when your interest rates get so high that your minimum payments barely make a dent in paying off your debt. Credit counselor Adam Silverman explains how to make a plan to get ahead.