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Fun Facts About Free Government Money

Updated on December 18, 2010

Free Government Money Fun Facts

The United States Government wants you to have free money. Every day of the year, government employees give away billions of dollars to deserving citizens. Hundreds of billions of dollars are legally given away. Sometimes you don't have to pay it back.

We live in a great country

The greatest country in the world gives away free money for housing, food, education, health care, small businesses, and pretty much any other use that you can think of. Some money, referred to as grant money, is targeted at specific applications such as providing start-up capital for small businesses owned by minority groups. The government has passed legislation declaring that free money be set aside for helping some people get started in business or simply expanding existing businesses.

Many government projects include 'set asides' that guarantee a specific amount of contracts be awarded to minority-owned businesses or minority-owned small businesses. The definition of 'small business' varies from state to state, but in general a small business has less than 50 employees.

Free government money for school

Ready to go back to school? The government also wants you to go to college and provides money to help pay for it. Grants and loans are available to attend 2 and 4 years schools (a 2-year degree is referred to as an Associate's Degree and a 4 year degree is referred to as a Bachelor's Degree). Trade schools can also be paid for with free government money. Students can become engineers, scientists, teachers, chefs, truck drivers, or any number of other professions using funds provided by the federal government.

Free Government Money for Food

The US government gives away hundreds of billions of dollars for free food. You can apply for monthly programs that provide a plastic card, similar to a debit card, that can be used at most major grocery chains to purchase basic food products, prepared food, and even snack foods. Children can get free food at school; almost all public schools provide discounted lunches to students in families that earn less than a specific income level. Some schools also provide free breakfast and others actually stay open in the Summer, not to teach classes but to provide snacks and meals to kids who are on Summer Vacation. 

Free Government Money for Health Care

Americans with incomes below a specific level are eligible for free vision care, free dental care, free Emergency Room treatment,  free maternity care, and free well-baby checkups. These programs also include free prescriptions and free transportation to and from the doctors and hospitals. Citizens can get free money for eyeglasses and other vision correction appliances.

Many companies contract with the United States government to provide transportation services to and from the hospital and the doctor. These companies will pick you up at your front door, drop you off at the doctor's office, and also be there to take you home again. All this is available at no charge to the patient or the patient's family.

Parents can take advantage of these programs to have access to quality coverage for their children. Free government programs are put in place to ensure that kids grow up healthy and safe. We live in a country where Mom or Dad can apply for a free government program that provides easy transportation, superior care with follow-up visits, and free medications. Of course, not all Americans will qualify, but most low-income families do qualify.

Free Government Money for Housing

In the United States, billions of dollars are set aside to help people find housing. Many American families live rent-free or at a greatly reduced rate by taking advantage of these programs. Citizens can apply for reduced-interest loans to purchase a home or even apply for a mortgage that is tied to their income level. The government pays part of the mortgage and the homeowner is responsible for a percentage of the monthly payment that is commensurate with their earnings. By doing this, more citizens are given opportunities to own a home.


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