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General
  • Building A Better Credit Record
    The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) guide to building a better credit record is designed to help you understand and legally improve your credit report.

  • Credit Scoring
    Learn what credit scoring is and how it affects your ability to get a loan, from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

  • Equifax
    Whether you have credit problems or not, it's a good idea to review your credit report for accuracy and completeness before you apply for a loan. Equifax is one of the three major credit bureaus. Contact them to get your credit report.

  • Experian
    Whether you have credit problems or not, it's a good idea to review your credit report for accuracy and completeness before you apply for a loan. Experian is one of the three major credit bureaus. Contact them to get your credit report.

  • TransUnion
    Whether you have credit problems or not, it's a good idea to review your credit report for accuracy and completeness before you apply for a loan. TransUnion is one of the three major credit bureaus. Contact them to get your credit report.

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Agriculture
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Business
  • Find a Business Lender
    If you are a business and are interested in obtaining a loan, this link will provide a list of SBA Preferred and Certified Lenders that work with SBA to provide equity to small businesses.

  • Find a Microlender
    If you are a business and are interested in loans less than $35,000, check out our Microloan Program. Then follow this link and find a Microlender in your area.

  • Find an Investment Company
    If you are a business and are interested in equity financing, this link will provide a list of investment companies that work with SBA to provide equity to small businesses.

  • SCORE - "Counselors to America's Small Business"
    The SCORE Association is a national nonprofit organization with a public service mission. SCORE's 10,500 volunteers provide small business counseling and training through a network of 389 chapters, 800 branches and its website.

  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers the Small Business Development Center Program to provide management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branches. The program is a cooperative effort of the private sector, the educational community, and federal, state and local governments. It enhances economic development by providing small businesses with management and technical assistance.

  • Starting a Business
    If you are a budding entrepreneur, or a rather new business looking for additional information, this site will provide you many resources to help you start, develop, and grow your business.

  • U.S. Business Advisor
    Over 60 different federal organizations exist to assist or regulate business. With this many sources of information, finding what you want can be complicated and time-consuming. In keeping with the Administration's e-government vision of using information technology to enable better customer service, federal agencies worked together to build the U.S. Business Advisor - a one-stop electronic link to the information and services government provides for the business community.

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Disaster Relief
  • American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

  • Natural Disaster Assistance
    Get information on available assistance for drought, fire, flood, storm, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, volcanic eruption, crop disease, livestock disease, and pest infestation.

  • SBA Disaster Recovery
    Get Disaster Updates by State and information on resources that may help you recover from a disaster.

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Education
  • COOL: College Opportunities Online
    College Opportunities On-Line (COOL) is your direct link to more than 9,000 colleges and universities in the United States. COOL helps you find out about a specific college or set of colleges.

  • Funding Your Education
    An introductory publication for students below the senior year in high school; provides general information about the U.S. Department of Education's federal student financial aid programs and how to apply for them.

  • Students.gov
    Student information portal providing answers to your questions on education, career, government and more.

  • The Student Guide
    This guide explains student financial aid programs in depth. Published by the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) office.

  • The U.S. Department of Education's Student Aid on the Web
    The U.S. Department of Education's Student Aid on the Web-- the gateway to federal student aid, the site offers a single source of free information not only on applying for federal aid, but on choosing a career, selecting a school, and identifying non-federal resources to pay for higher education.

  • Student Aid on the Web Campus Tour
    Explore college and university campuses by browsing through detailed profiles and key information of each school, including important financial aid information.

  • Student Finance Calculators
    Figure out how much you need to borrow for the school year and what it will cost to pay back your student loan! Interactive calculators for budgets, consolidation and monthly repayment calculations from the U.S Department of Education.

  • Federal Work-Study
    The Federal Work-Study program provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses.

  • Federal Pell Grants
    In addition to loans, the U.S. Department of Education provides Pell Grants to students with financial need. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

  • State Financial Aid
    Many states also provide education loans and grants. Contact your state higher education agencies for more information.

  • Financial Aid Wizard
    Explore your financial aid needs and options with a step-by-step process for calculating your cost of attendance and Expected Family Contribution. Discover potential scholarships and loans available to you.

  • Direct Loans Servicing Online
    If you have questions about your Direct Loan, you can go online to find the answers. With your personal identification number (PIN), you can view your detailed account information, complete exit counseling, make an online payment, enroll in any of our electronic services, and much more.

  • Repaying Your Student Loans
    Repaying Your Student Loans is a comprehensive resource on how to pay back student loans received from the U.S. Department of Education. This source includes information about repayment plans, loan cancellations, etc.

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Housing
  • Housing Glossary
    Glossary of terms you may encounter in the home buying process.

  • Looking for the Best Mortgage
    The Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) guide can help you learn about mortgages and get helpful tips. Also includes a glossary and a mortgage shopping worksheet.

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Veteran
  • Life Insurance Needs Calculator
    Helps you determine the estimated amount of life insurance you would need to support your survivors should you die today.

  • Life Insurance Programs
    Information about insurance benefits for veterans and servicemembers who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service, or a service connected disability.

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