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.
Federal Loans page on the Federal Citizen Information Center
The FCIC National Contact Center website provides information for citizens about federal loans, grants, and assistance.
Federal Trade Commission: Your National Resource for Identity Theft
Learn about identity theft, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are a victim of identity theft.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Consumer Complaint Form
Use this form to submit a complaint to the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection about a particular company or organization.
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.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Services for the Public
The U.S Army Corp of Engineers provides many services for the public, including emergency response, flood damage reduction, and environment stewardship.
How to File a Consumer Complaint About a Bank (Federal Reserve Board)
Instructions for filing a complaint about a bank.
Farm Service Agency (FSA) - Office Information Locator
Find the FSA office near you.
Rural Development State and Local Offices
Find the Rural Development office near you.
Preparing and Presenting a Loan Proposal
Resources to help a business bring together the information that might be required when applying for a loan.
Borrowing Money
Resource for businesses considering a loan application.
Find a Certified Development Company - 504 Loan Program
If you are a business and are interested in a long term loan to acquire fixed assets, this link will provide a list of Certified Development Companies that work with SBA to provide equity to small businesses.
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.
How to Determine if Your Business is Small
This site will provide a business all the information needed to determine whether the business is considered small according to SBA's regulations.
Loan Package Checklist
This is a checklist of items that a business may need when applying for a loan.
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. SBDC's offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in a central and easily accessible branch. 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.
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.
Farm Services Agency's Disaster Assistance
The USDA Farm Services Agency's disaster assistance website provides information on assistance programs that may help you.
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.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency - a former independent agency that became part of the new Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 - is tasked with responding to, planning for, recovering from and mitigating against disasters.
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.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); FAFSA on the Web
Apply for federal student aid online using the Department of Education's FAFSA on the Web.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is a centralized database that stores information on all student loans as well as school enrollment information.
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.
U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Student Assistance Programs
HHS provides a variety of scholarships, loans, and loan repayment programs for students in the health professions, through the Student Assistance Programs of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Visit their website for more information.
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.
Buying a Home
Common questions from first time homebuyers.
Frequently Asked Questions about the VA Home Loan Program
Provides answers to questions regarding eligibility, construction and property management, as well as what to expect before and after getting a loan.
Consumer’s Guide to Mortgage Refinancing
Helps you answer the questions Should I, Can I, and How do I refinance my mortgage loan?
Homeownership is a National Priority
Provides information to help low- and moderate-income Americans become homeowners.
Housing Glossary
Glossary of terms you may encounter in the home buying process.
HUD Approved Lenders
Find a HUD approved lender anywhere in the U.S.
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.
Looking for the Best Mortgage (HUD)
Get tips from HUD on what you need to know when looking for the Best Mortgage.
NCSHA State Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Locator
To locate a state Housing Finance Agency (HFA), visit the NCSHA website.
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.