A lender may lower the interest rate on your credit card balance when you participate in a debt management plan.
Debt management plans typically last three to five years.
For it to truly help you get out of debt, you have to stick to the plan, whether that’s paying off your credit card balance within a 12-month promotional financing period or making sure you make payments as agreed for the entire five-year loan term.
Throughout the process, you can keep tabs on how your credit card consolidation plan is affecting your credit by reviewing your free annual credit reports and viewing your Comments on articles and responses to those comments are not provided or commissioned by a bank advertiser.
With a debt management plan, you make one monthly payment to a credit counseling agency and the agency pays each of your credit card lenders.
Keep in mind a debt management plan may have a negative impact on your credit during the course of the program because your creditors will close or suspend your accounts while in the program, and this can affect your credit utilization.