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 offers benefit eligibility screening and assistance to apply for these benefits, financial education, legal services, 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 – 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.
- Healthcare Enrollment Assistance – During open enrollment (November through February), Single Stop brings certified navigators to assist you in signing up for affordable healthcare plans through the Marketplace.
- Legal Counseling – On-site attorneys will help you with legal problems such as housing, government benefit denials, employment, utility, immigration and other legal issues.
- 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.
Healthcare Enrollment Assistance
Single Stop staff helps students review different healthcare options including Medicaid, Healthy PA and the Marketplace (during open enrollment periods). Through navigators' assistance and on campus resources, students are able to expedite the application process and necessary follow up.
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 Dates (Wednesday mornings):
- Government Benefits - Dates for 2015 to be announced. Assistance for issues with food stamps, cash and medical assistance, subsidized child care and benefits issues for immigrants.
- Housing - November 19. Assistance with unfair evictions, illegal lockouts, repairs, and housing problems related to domestic violence.
- Employment - December 3. Assistance with unpaid wages and expunging records.
- Consumer - December 10. Assistance with mortgage foreclosure, real estate tax issues and credit card debt lawsuits.
- Utilities - December 17. Assistance with shut-offs and billing/service issues.
- Immigration Clinics - November 19 and December 17. Assistance with immigration law questions, status adjustment and naturalization/citizenship process.
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.
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.