Single Stop is a brand new "One Stop Shop" for students to get connected to state and federal financial resources and local community services. The concept is to have a place where students can go to get screened for multiple government benefits, receive assistance in applying for those benefits, and have follow-up to see if they have in fact received the benefits they are eligible for. The aim is to help students overcome financial barriers, continue with their education, and move towards economic mobility. All of our services are free for BRCC students and their family members.
Services Single Stop Offers:
Free Benefits Screening
Single Stop staff determine which public benefits a student or family member is eligible for and help them apply for those benefits (food stamps, child care assistance, Medicaid).
Free Tax Preparation Services
Free tax preparation! During the tax season (January through April 15th), students and family members can meet with an IRS-Certified tax preparer and have their taxes prepared free of charge. Tax preparers will determine if students and family members are eligible to receive the Earned Income, Education or Child Tax Credits. Students may then apply for FAFSA once taxes are completed!
Free Financial Counseling (Coming Fall 2014)
Single Stop provides financial advice, helps students and family member to establish or repair credit. On-site financial counselors help families to address debt issues and improve budge management skills. Access free credit scores and reports and learn to build assets.
Free Legal Assistance (Coming Fall 2014)
On-site lawyers help student and family members handle legal problems, such as disability claims, tax controversies, unemployment benefit denials, housing issues, discrimination issues, food stamp denials, consumer issues and other legal issues. Referrals and legal counseling available at no cost!
For more information and to schedule an appointment, contact:
Brandy Gros, Single Stop Site Director
201 College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Bienvenue Student Center Enrollment Services, Rm 113