How to Get Benefits From the Government

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The government has established a number of programs to assist or compensate individuals who are citizens of the United States. You may be eligible to receive benefits from your home state and the federal government. Such benefits include cash assistance for the poor, disability benefits for the impaired, or money for students. Because of the varied nature of government benefits, different agencies administer different benefits. To apply for benefits, begin by using the official benefits website of the U.S. government.

Things You'll Need

  • Tax documents
  • Social Security number
  • Employment records
  • Identification
  • Navigate to the U.S. government official benefit website. Click "Start Now" to begin determining your eligibility for all available government benefits. You will be able to check which benefits you are interested in. For example, if you would like child care assistance, check the box marked "Child Care/Child Support." Enter other requested information, including your date of birth, income, and state of residence.

  • Answer all questions to help specify your current situation on the following page. Questions may include your ethnicity and other household information.

  • View the results of all government assistance programs you may be eligible for. Click "Add to Favorites" to create a list of all benefits you wish to get additional information on.

  • Visit the website of the government agency that administers the benefits you are interested in. This information will be provided underneath each search result and will provide you with information on how to apply for and receive these benefits.

  • Fill out the application and provide all requested information of any benefits you may be eligible to receive. This may include your Social Security number and tax information. You may need to provide copies of your birth certificate, Social Security card and tax forms to verify your eligibility. Submit your application to the appropriate office, as noted on the benefits application.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call the department that administers the government benefits you are applying to for further assistance with your application.

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