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Chicago Banking Desert App – Woodstock Institute

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City Colleges of Chicago: EARLY COLLEGE

Get ahead by earning college credit for free through City Colleges. What is Early College? What Are the Benefits? Join the Early College program and you can enroll in college-level courses while still in high school, reducing both the time and the money needed to earn a college degree. The CCC Early College program offers

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CPS high school seniors who graduate with a 3.0 GPA and who test completion-ready in math and English are able to pursue a degree or certificate at City Colleges at no cost—free tuition and books. Complete your application online at: What Does the Scholarship Cover? City Colleges will provide waivers for all tuition and

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Bank on Illinois: Banking & Direct Deposit for Benefits Payments

Learn how banking & direct deposit into Bank On Illinois and Bank On Chicago accounts can help you to better manage benefits payments or direct deposit of your payroll.

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Free tax help available January 29, 2022 to April 18, 2022 for households earning up to $58,000 or single fliers earning up to $32,000 annually.

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Make the Most of Your Money: Safe, Affordable Bank Accounts through Bank On Chicago

By   Ivon Guzman Nov. 30, 2021 Prior to having my first job, I was not banked. I carried my money in my wallet all the time, even though I knew cash could be easily lost or stolen. However, as a young adult, I am proud to say that I took advantage of an affordable Bank

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Help For Illinois Families: Relief For Households Across the State

Help for Illinois Families: Relief for Households Across the State The Pritzker Administration, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), is leveraging federal ARPA funds to help Illinois families access and afford home energy assistance and other essential services during COVID-19. Building on the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

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Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities Benefits Counseling

MOPD’s Benefit’s Counseling is back! Benefits Counseling will help alleviate your fear of losing SSA cash benefits and access to healthcare when you work. Take this opportunity for a one-on-one benefits counseling session to help you learn how earning wages may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicare, Medicaid, and

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City of Chicago Reminds Residents of Available Resources for Renters and Landlords ahead of the end of the Eviction Moratorium The eviction moratorium ends on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, but Chicago tenants still have options. If you are worried about remaining in your home because you have been unable to pay rent: Don’t Self-Evict – If you get an eviction notice, know

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Economic Awareness Council Chosen for 2021 Bank On Greater Milwaukee Champion Award!

Every year BOGM chooses individuals or organizations that have been instrumental in helping BOGM increase banking access to our community.The Economic Awareness Council has been chosen to receive the Innovation Award for the REAL Bank Program. One major focus for BOGM has been youth since we started the coalition. They are many young people who

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Bank On – Illinois Comptroller’s Office

Welcome to Bank On Illinois The goal of Bank On Illinois is to ensure that residents have access to a safe and affordable bank or credit union account. Bank On Illinois is a collaborative initiative between the State of Illinois, community organizations and financial institutions. All partners in the coalition are committed to improving the

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WE PROSPER: Affordable Alternatives to Predatory Loans

The WeProsper initiative was created to help tackle predatory lending in Black and Brown communities in Chicago. The pandemic has left many Illinois families struggling to make ends meet. In the past, many people turned to payday or auto title loans to deal with emergencies or pay for big expenses, which pushed families deeper into

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I-PASS Assist Reduces Costs for Qualified Individuals

Everything You Need To Know About I-PASS Assist The Illinois Tollway is expanding the I-PASS Assist program to help individuals and families realize the benefits of I-PASS. Customers who have previously been unable to use I-PASS for financial reasons will have more assistance than ever to Get I-PASS and Get Going! THE BENEFITS OF I-PASS…

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With a #BankOn certified account, you can get your stimulus money safer and with no fees – open an account online now!

It’s not too late! You can still get your missing stimulus check and tax refunds even if you don’t normally file taxes. Learn more at #stimuluschecks #money Open a #BankOn certified account online today to get your stimulus payment CHEAPER and SAFER!

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Bank On Chicago Newsletters

JUNE 2021 Newsletter MAY 2021 Newsletter APRIL 2021 Newsletter (featured at FDIC event 4/30/21) March 2021 Newsletter

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Loan Alternative Products

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Financial Wellness for College Students

  Student Loan Repayment     Meet with a Peer Educator     Need some help making your student loan repayment plan? Meet with a Financial Wellness Peer Educator to get your money questions answered. There’s still time before the end of the semester, but appointments are filling up fast! All meetings are free and confidential. Set

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Bank On Chicago Overview

Benefits of Banking Reduced Fees Keep More of YOUR Money! Depositing your earnings in a bank will save you check cashing and pay day lending costs. Get Your Money Quicker Direct Deposit may allow you to receive your pay or money from any benefits faster. Banks are Safe! 1. No worry of theft or loss2.

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Affordable Alternatives to Predatory Loans

Times are tough. The pandemic and economic crisis have left many Illinoisans struggling to make ends meet. Some have turned to payday or auto title loans to deal with emergencies or pay for big expenses. However, these loans charge excessive interest. In 2019, the average annual percentage rate (APR) on a payday loan in Illinois

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Estímulos Cheque Ayuda

¿ Nunca recibió su cheque de estímulo? ¿Sigue esperando su primer y/o segundo cheque de estímulo? Si usted es elegible, NO es demasiado tarde. Usted es elegible si:• Es ciudadano estadounidense o extranjero residente en EE. UU.• Tiene un número de seguro social que sea válido para empleo• Proporcionó más del 50% de su apoyo inanciero

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Many people qualify to receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment Through the Cares Act.

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Stimulus Payment Training for Nonprofit and Government Case Managers

Join us for a webinar to learn about EIP payment eligibility and explore no-fee banking options with Bank On Chicago.  

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Wall Street Journal: Bank Accounts Designed for Low-Income Customers Find Broader Audience

Wall Street Journal article that examines the Bank On movement

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CFE Fund Announces the Bank On National Account Standards for 2019-2020

28 banks and credit unions with over 21,300 branches now offer accounts meeting Bank On National Account Standards

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