Iowans facing financial challenges are able to have free, confidential, phone or email conversations with ISU finance program specialists during these difficult times.

Help available for Iowans navigating new financial challenges

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources.

To help Iowans navigate this crisis, ISU Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt, and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

“We want to empower Iowans to make informed decisions," Fletcher said. Many are facing unfamiliar financial circumstances and talking with one of our educators may make a big difference in sorting out where to start."

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