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How To Use Benefits.gov To Find Government Assistance Programs

Benefits.gov is THE place to find the government aid programs you are eligible for. Here we show you how to do it step by step with no misstep!

Once you've identified the program, you can apply for disability help in the form that it exists: equipment, education, advice, counseling, medications, transportation, food and so on.

This is a long page, but it's mostly due to the images that actually guide you MORE QUICKLY through the questionnaire.

Important! The first time you use this page, scroll down SLOWLY. Once you have the idea, you'll be zooming through the steps each time you do it.

Click on the screen shot images below to enlarge them.

Step 1 – Go To Benefits.gov

This screen shot shows what you'll see when you arrive at the Benefits.gov home page. Begin your search for by clicking on the Start Now button.

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Step 2 – Answer Core Questions

This screen shot shows what you'll see after pressing the Start Now button. Answer the Core questions. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 3 – Answer General Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the Core section, going to the General section and answering the questions there.

With the sample answers that WE (not you) gave for the General section questions, we're now eligible for a possible 23 benefits. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 4 – Answer Household Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the General section, going to the Household section and answering the questions there.

With the sample answers WE gave for the Household section questions, we're now eligible for a possible 19 benefits. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 5 – Answer Education Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the Household section, going to the Education section and answering questions there. But there are actually no questions to answer.

We're still eligible for a possible 19 benefits. And because there are no questions, there is no Next button. The message on the screen says to choose a tab on the left, so click on the Health tab.

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Step 6 – Answer Health Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the Education section, going to the Health section and answering the questions there.

With the sample answers WE gave for the Health section questions, we're now eligible for a possible 15 benefits. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 7 – Answer Income Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the Health section, going to the Income section and answering the questions there.

With the sample answers WE gave for the Income section questions, we're now eligible for a possible 12 benefits. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 8 – Answer Work Questions

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after leaving the Income section, going to the Work section and answering the questions there.

With the sample answers WE gave for the Work section questions, we're now eligible for a possible 8 benefits. Click the Next button (not in the screen shot) when done.

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Step 9 – Review Possible Benefits

The following screen shot shows what you'll see after clicking on the Next tab in the Work section. It's a summary description of the 8 possible benefits we're eligible for based on OUR sample answers.

When you have YOUR list, you simply contact the agencies offering the benefit programs. This will take you some time, but if you let us help you, we can make it easier for you.

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Next Steps – More Help Here

Benefits.gov offers added help with the following tutorial video. Use it to supplement what you've learned from this page.

No matter how you learn to use Benefits.gov, you eventually have to apply for disability benefits to the agency that offers the specific benefits program. It's essential for you to have your story ready and in writing. So, are you...

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