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Financial Wellness and Recovery

Financial Wellness and Recovery

What we can do for you if you are now or think you may soon be experiencing a financial setback

Overview    

Is a sudden loss of income making it very difficult for you to make your loan payments? Tell us as soon as you can so we can develop options to help you through this challenging time. 

Our Collections Department is staffed by DCU people, trained in "The DCU Way." They are eager to help you with fairness, sensitivity, and creativity. They have plenty of experience helping members work through financial difficulties. They have developed programs appropriate for almost every kind of financial concern and type of loan.

It is not unusual for people facing financial challenges to hesitate contacting their lender. That's unfortunate because the earlier we hear from you, especially if you are not yet late on your payments, the more options we have to help you.

Our aim is to help you through these tough times and get you back on the path toward your financial goals.

How to contact us

Getting help early is key to keeping even temporary financial problems from turning into major, complex, long-term difficulties. DCU encourages all members to contact us before you feel overwhelmed so that we can best assist you. We have a number of financial wellness and recovery programs available and we are here to help you.

Please include your name and a daytime phone number. Let us know what areas specifically concern you whether it be loan payments now, planning for your future, financial counseling, or just extending your direct deposit benefits.

By email: Financial Wellness

By our Contact Us form select, Hardship from the dropdown labeled: Choose the option that best fits your request.

By phone: 800.328.8797 and ask to speak with a Financial Wellness Representative.

By mail:
Digital Federal Credit Union
Attn: Financial Wellness
PO Box 9130
Marlborough, MA 01752

DCU offers many options      

Depending on your current situation, DCU can help determine which options are best suited for your needs. Some possibilities include: 

Consumer Loans – Auto, and Personal Options

  • Deferment — defer one monthly payment and apply it to the end of your loan.  
  • Interest-only Payments — This program is designed for members that are in a temporary hardship that will be resolved within 3-6 months or have already fallen behind on their DCU payments and need help to catch up. The number of months that are reduced to interest only payments will be applied to the end of the loan. For example, if you are approved for 3 months of Interest Only Payments, the term of your loan will be extended by 3 months
  • Work Out Loan — This program is designed for members whose financial situation has changed permanently (such as a divorce, death, injury, etc.). A Work Out Loan may allow you to change the original terms of your loan agreement and fit you into a payment that is affordable. An extensive review of your DCU account, monthly income, and monthly expenses will take place to see if this option is right for you.
  • Re-Age — This program is designed for members that are already delinquent on their loan more than 180 days. A Re-Age allows a member to bring the loan completely current by adding the delinquent payments to the end of the loan, extending the maturity date by the number of payments missed.
  • Other Options — DCU has other financial wellness and recovery programs available. Please contact us.

Mortgage and Home Equity Options

  • Re-Cast — This program allows a member experiencing a hardship the ability to be brought current by Re-Casting the loan. This allows the past due loan amount, any unpaid interest, and unpaid late fees, to be added to the current principal balance owed. The loan is then recalculated to compute a new monthly payment based on the remaining term of the loan.
  • Refinance — This program allows a member experiencing a hardship the ability to be brought current by Refinancing the loan. A Refinance is paying off an existing mortgage or home equity loan to structure a new loan secured by the same property.
  • Rewrite (Amending Terms of the Loan) — This program allows a member the ability to restructure the mortgage note or home equity loan by lowering the interest rate and monthly payment. The loan would then be recalculated to compute a new monthly payment.
  • Special Forbearance (for Mortgages) — This program may allow a member a temporary reduction of payments or a reduction in the interest rate. Based on the member's financial situation, DCU may allow a modification on the original terms of the mortgage note to reduce the monthly payment to a more affordable level. The reduction of the interest rate and payments could be from 6 months to 1 year depending on the member's situation. After the Forbearance period has ended, payments are reverted back to the original terms.
  • Loan Modification (for Home Equity Lines of Credit) — This program allows a member to temporarily reduce their payments on a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) for a specified period of time. If you would like more information on the programs listed above, please contact our Loss Mitigation Specialist at 800.328.8797 extension 9757.

All Consumer, Home Equity and Mortgage Programs listed above require an application, financial statements, and approval. Some exceptions and limitations may apply.  

Questions and Answers  

Following are some common questions we get from members in certain circumstances: 

Specific to job loss:

Do my loan payments accelerate?

No, your loan payment schedule remains the same, according to your original loan agreement. If you feel you may need some temporary relief or a permanent extension, contact us now before you feel overwhelmed.

Will I lose my Plus or Relationship benefits on my DCU Checking Account?

Normally, if you qualified based on direct deposit and it simply stopped, you would lose those benefits. However if you let us know, we will make sure those benefits continue for at least one year. By that time, we hope you'll be direct depositing your net pay from your new employer. This is an automated process, so make sure you let us know.

General Questions:

Will I Lose My DCU Benefits?

No you will not lose any DCU services or benefits when you contact DCU about any financial difficulty. As long as you keep your Savings Account open and continue to maintain your accounts in good standing (by working with DCU), you will have the same accessibility to services such as Online Banking, Mobile Banking, ATMs, and the Easy Touch Telephone Teller System.

Can I discuss a loan modification even if I haven't lost my job?

Yes. DCU understands that many times as with a job loss, along with the emotional impact of an extended illness, a death in the family, or a divorce, there are financial ramifications. There's the possibility that what was once the obligation of two salaries is now dependent on one salary. It's better for all concerned to discuss potential options now before concerns become real problems.

Resources  

DCU has a number of resources available for all members no matter what stage you are in your financial situation. Whether you just want a hand in creating a monthly budget, or if you need some relief on loan payments, DCU has the means and resources to provide you with the assistance you need. Some services and programs we provide are: 

BALANCE Financial Fitness Program  

We've contracted with BALANCE – experts in debt and budget management. DCU Members can get free unbiased financial advice and assistance through them. They provide many valuable services and can help you with:

  • Reviewing your credit report
  • Negotiating with creditors and coming up with a debt management plan
  • Preventing bankruptcy
  • Money management including help balancing your check book, buying a home, goal setting, etc.
  • Bill payment schedules and advice on the quickest way to pay down debt

Using the services of BALANCE is free to DCU Members. BALANCE can be reached at 888.456.2227. Counselors are available Monday through Thursday, 8am to 11pm (EST), Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday from 11am to 8pm.

Financial Education Videos

DCU's Education Center, powered by EVERFI, is a digital financial education program designed to help you better understand and manage your money.

Topics include videos on:

  • Banking Basics
  • Planning and Saving
  • Credit and Borrowing
  • Financial Health

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