Site can tell you what government benefits you're eligible for

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April 25, 2004|By John M. Moran | John M. Moran,The Hartford Courant

Never mind books that promise to help you get government money. Now you can get a comprehensive online analysis of your eligibility for federal aid.

The site is called www.govbenefits.gov. As the name suggests, it's all about finding government benefits you might be eligible to receive.

You can search by specific government program (disaster relief, for example) or by personal circumstance (low income, military veteran, farmer, etc.) Or you can search through the entire catalog of state and federal programs.

In any case, you fill out an anonymous questionnaire on which you provide information such as age, marital status, income, education and disabilities. Then click to search 419 federal programs for ones that might offer you grants, loans or other assistance. Many state assistance programs also can be searched.

Govbenefits.gov is run by a group of federal agencies, so the questionnaire is a little tedious. But when there's the prospect of government gold at the end of the rainbow, the few minutes you spend filling it out might be a good investment.

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