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Image description: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education developed this Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to clearly and simply explain to students how much their college education will cost.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to college and university presidents asking them to adopt it as part of their financial aid awards for the 2013-14 school year.

Image description: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education developed this Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to clearly and simply explain to students how much their college education will cost.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to college and university presidents asking them to adopt it as part of their financial aid awards for the 2013-14 school year.

You may be still be eligible for federal student aid for the ‘11-‘12 school year. Find out.

GovLoans.gov has information about government loans available to individuals. You can look for loans by topic, compare them, or take a short questionnaire to determine your eligibility for each program.

Look for government loans now.

How Do You Apply for a Government Grant or Loan?

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We challenged you to create videos that answer common questions about government benefits and services. Here’s one of the winners of the contest. View all of the winning videos, submissions and contest rules at faq.challenge.gov.

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Actor 1: So you’re an individual and you’re looking for a government grant or loan. You might be wondering where do I look? How do I start? Who do I ask? Well there’s a few websites you might want to check out.

Actor 2: Benefits.gov is the official government benefits website, with more than 400 federal and 600 state programs. All you have to do is fill out a confidential form and you’ll receive a list of programs that may work for you.

Actor 3: You dream of starting a small business. SBA.gov is the Small Business Administration, designed to help you the entrepreneur start or grow your small business.

Actor 4: GovLoans.gov is another helpful source for finding the loan you need, ranging from agriculture to business, disaster relief, education, housing, or even military veteran.

Actor 5: If you have a disability, Disability.gov is a resource for individuals seeking more information and further opportunities. If you happen to be working with an organization, check out Grants.gov for all your loan needs.

Actor 1:Lastly, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance is a huge, valuable directory that lists over 15 types of grants and loans among their 1500 total programs.

It’s that easy!

Asked by Anonymous

How do I apply for a small business loan?

The Small Business Administration can walk you through the loan process. Find your local office. You can also use their online loan and grant finder tool to find special loans that you qualify for.

This week is National Consumer Protection Week. Today we are answering your consumer questions. You can join us for a live social media chat at 2 p.m. EST. Learn more about the chat and how to submit your questions.