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Falling behind on student loan debt? Here's what you need to know

This classroom lays out your options for many different student loan debt situations. Is this classroom for you? You may use this classroom if:
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Do you owe $500 or more to your electric company?

If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
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Identity Theft: Self-Help Tools

What is identity theft? Identity theft can happen to anyone.  If this has happened to you, you are not alone. Common types of identity theft include when someone has used your name to:
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Will Getting A Big Tax Refund Make Me Lose My Benefits?

This year, you won’t have to worry about losing your benefits if you get a big tax refund. Starting in 2011, any tax refunds you get will not affect most public benefits, or how much you get! Under the law passed in December 2010:
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Are You Leaving Money on the Table? A Guide to Maine Tax Credits and Benefits

It is not easy to balance a household budget when you have a low income. But you can supplement your income by claiming all of the benefits and supports you have the right to claim. Here is a checklist. Make sure you are not leaving money on the table!
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Equifax Data Breach: What Mainers can do to protect themselves

You may have heard about the massive data breach at Equifax. Equifax is one of the large credit reporting bureaus, that collects credit and other personal information about people. A lot of this information they collect has been hacked. In Maine, about half a million people's information is affected by this breach.
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Repaying Federal Student Loans

The world of student loans is becoming more complicated. So here is a brief overview of the basic lingo of student loans and repayment options.
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Get a Refund on Your Property Taxes or Rent

Tax credits for people with low incomes who own their own homes or pay rent.
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Pre-Paid Debit Cards: Are They a Good Deal?

As with all commercial products, buyer beware! Pre-paid debit cards are often viewed as convenient alternatives to cash and expensive checking accounts. While there may be many advantages to these cards, there are also many disadvantages a consumer should consider.
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Free and Low Cost Phone Services

*The purpose of this page is to inform you of the options available. PTLA does not endorse or critique any of these services.  You may want to check with reliable consumer sites before signing on with a wireless company. 

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