Navigating Benefits.gov User Series: What We Can Do for You!

Welcome to Benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the U.S. Government. Our site contains information and eligibility requirements on 1,200+ government assistance programs ranging from financial assistance, loans, grants, scholarships, fellowships, counseling, insurance, and many more. We realize our site has much to offer, so we wanted to highlight our core functionality, to help you get the most out of your visit. Our mission is to help you or your family find benefit information from our 17 Partner agencies and point you in the direction of where to apply.

On Benefits.gov, you can:

  1. Determine your Eligibility: Benefits.gov offers a free and confidential tool called the Benefit Finder. This is the site’s main feature, and in our opinion, the first place to start when visiting Benefits.gov. This tool helps determine your eligibility for all benefits listed on our site. After filling out the questionnaire, we will provide you with a list of programs you may be eligible for, based on the qualification information you submitted. You can email and print the results for later use.
  2. ‘Browse’ Benefits: You may have an idea of what type of benefit information you’re looking for, but may not know where exactly it is on our site. Are you looking to see which Energy Assistance or Food and Nutrition programs available? Are you a student, Veteran, or looking for a loan? Our ‘Browse by’ Category section can direct you in each of these searches. You can also browse by state or agency to find lists of benefits you may be eligible for. 
  3. Search: Have a term or program in mind and want to see what information we have associated with it? Type it into our ‘Search’ feature to find all the information that matches your request from our site. You can refine the results to show everything from news articles, benefit programs, images, and videos.   
  4. Gather Program Information & Determine Next Steps: Once you find a benefit program, you can read the program description, eligibility requirements, and steps to apply on the benefit detail page. Please remember, Benefits.gov does not have any involvement with the application process of the programs on our site, as those are managed through our partner agencies. 

We also have a Contact Us page to help citizens with questions about our site and to provide feedback on Benefits.gov. Keep in mind, we don’t have access to any of your personal application or benefit information. We hope that this information can help you get the most out of your visit to Benefits.gov and find the information you need.

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