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how long will it take to get my financial aid award?

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

It depends on the type of award. According to Federal Student Aid:

Generally, your grant or loan will cover a full academic year and your school will disburse (pay out) your money in at least two payments called disbursements. In most cases, your school must pay you at least once per term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Schools that don’t use traditional terms such as semesters or quarters usually must pay you at least twice per academic year—for instance, at the beginning and midpoint of your academic year.

If you will have a work-study job, then you’ll be paid at least once a month.

Learn more about receiving federal student aid.

I have a photo copy of my s s card - I need the original today for my new job. how can i get one today.

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

There are three steps to replacing a Social Security card:

  1. Gather documents to prove you identity and U.S. citizenship or current work-authorized immigration status.
  2. Complete an Application for a Social Security Card (PDF).
  3. Take or mail your completed application and documents to your local Social Security office.

After the Social Security Administration receives your application and verifies your documents, you should receive your replacement Social Security card by mail within 10 business days.

Find out how to verify if a replacement card has been issued.

Why are U.S. coins not numeric? How would you expect visitors know what a “dime” stands for as an example?!

Asked by Beth on Facebook.

Reverse side of a dime

U.S. coins list the amount on the reverse side of the coin. For example, a penny says “one cent” on the back and a nickel says “five cents.” But why does the dime says “one dime” instead of “ten cents”?

According to the U.S. Mint, the inscription “one dime” first appeared on the coin in 1837. The word dime is based on the Latin word “decimus,” meaning “one tenth.” The French used the word “disme” (pronounced the same as it is today) when they came up with the idea of money divided into ten parts in the 1500s.

Before the introduction of the nickel (5-cent coin), the U.S. actually had a half dime coin, with the words “half dime” inscribed on it. We checked with the U.S. Mint and they think that the use of “one dime” could have simply been a common inscription between the two coins.

Designs chosen for U.S. circulating coins are generally mandated by Congress and the law specifies that certain words and images must appear. Learn more about what’s required and the process for changing the design of a coin.

Why does the government have a tumblr?

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user. uses social media channels, like Tumblr, because we want to provide trustworthy, timely, useful, relevant and interesting government information in places where you can easily share it with your friends, family and colleagues.

You can connect with us on a number of social media channels, including

A number of other government agencies are also using Tumblr. You can verify that a social media account is actually from the government using the Social Media Registry.

can you guys make a $1000 Bill or nah?

Asked by @AvatarSage on Twitter.

The 1918 Blue Seal $1,000 bill$1,000 bills exist! Until 1949, the U.S. government printed $500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 bills.

In 1969, the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System announced these large denomination bills would be discontinued due to lack of use.

$500, $1,000, $5,000, and $10,000 bills are legal tender and may be found in circulation according to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Most are probably in the hands of private dealers and collectors.

The largest bill ever printed was the $100,000 Gold Certificate in 1934 and 1935, but it was not circulated. It was only used for transactions between Federal Reserve Banks.

View photos of the large denominations, including the $100,000 Gold Certificate.