Applying for Government Welfare Benefits

US government welfare programs were created in order to help out US citizens in need. These programs aim to promote the overall well-being of individuals in terms of medical aid, financial assistance, and other similar government services. Here are some of the most common types of US government welfare benefits, along with a step-by-step guide on how to apply for such programs:

US government welfare benefits

– Veteran’s benefits
– US grants for college students
– President Obama’s Making Home Affordable program
– Food stamps

Steps in applying for US government welfare programs

Step 1: Verify your qualifications.

Before you apply for any welfare benefit, you should check first if you’re qualified for that program in the first place. For Veteran’s benefits, an individual may be qualified depending on the type of VA benefit your applying for, the time or period you served, and the number of active duty days you served. Disabilities and other special conditions may also qualify you for a certain type of VA benefit.

College students applying for US grants will have to determine their dependency status, and provide complete and accurate financial information, especially since government student aid and loans are specifically created for financially challenged students.

Due to the recent recession, buying homes have become harder. As a countermeasure, the Obama administration has created the Making Home Affordable program. This program can be divided into subprograms that address the specific issues encountered by financially challenged homeowners. Basically, eligible homeowners should present accurate financial information, and other proofs as to why they need financial assistance from the government.

To be eligible for food stamps, your household should meet the income limit, and must not have more than $2000 in resources in general. A Social Security number and proof of US citizenship is required in most cases.

Step 2: Get a copy of the application form.

You can get the application forms from these offices and sites:

VA benefits
http://www.va.gov/vaforms/

FAFSA forms
In order for applicants to apply online, a PIN is required. The PIN, along with the application form, can be acquired through these webpages: http://pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp and http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/complete001.htm.

Home program
http://www.makinghomeaffordable.gov/

Food stamps
Forms for food stamps application is available at any Social Security office.

Step 3: Fill out the application form.

When filling out the application form, make sure you are including all the pertinent and accurate information. Misleading statements in the application may make you ineligible for the benefit.

Step 4: Prepare all the other requirements and paperwork.

The usual requirements for most welfare programs are proofs that you are in need of financial help, identification cards, filled-up application forms, and other supporting documents.

Step 5: Submit the required forms to the right government agency.

Once you’ve gathered all the requirements, visit the right government agency and submit your documents on or before the deadline (if applicable).

Once you’ve submitted your requirements, you may have to wait a while before the benefit is finally awarded to you.

Related questions:

1. What are the other types of government welfare benefits?

2. Is a PR status needed in order for foreigners to enjoy benefits?

3. Is there a waiting period for food stamps?

4. How long should you wait for a FAFSA approval?

5. What are the other VA benefits?

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