Financial Literacy

The Northern Virginia Urban League offers the six week Credit Smart classes in Alexandria.  Classes will be held at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, 2nd floor conference center, Alexandria, VA 22309.  For more information and to reserve a seat, please call Geoffrey Tate at 703-836-2858 or email Geoff at   In order to get a certificate, attendees must complete the entire series.  This is a financial literacy partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Human Services and the Homeownership and Relocation Services Division of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.

Topics include:

  • Your Credit and Why It Is Important; Understanding Credit Scoring
  • Establishing and Maintaining Good Credit; Avoiding Credit Traps
  • Managing Your Money; Goal Setting; Banking Services--An Important Step
  • Thinking Like a Lender
  • Becoming a Homeowner
  • Preserving Homeownership; Protecting Your Investment 


Britepaths offers free Financial Counseling Clinics (FCCs).  Clients who attend an FCC have the opportunity to pull a free credit report and receive one-on-one financial counseling. Britepaths also offers “Shape Up Your Finances-Thrifty Thursday” budgeting classes on the third Thursday of each month at different locations around the county. There is also a financial mentoring program. Britepaths uses FDIC Money Smart curricula in the budgeting classes and in their financial mentoring program. Please visit (Programs/Financial Literacy) for more information.

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