Nowadays, people who wish to apply for benefits in Pennsylvania can do so conveniently, over the Internet. This is possible thanks to the Pennsylvania Common Point of Access to Social Services website, which is commonly simply referred to as the Pennsylvania COMPASS website. Some of the benefits you can apply for online through the Pennsylvania COMPASS website include food stamps (officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), cash assistance (including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and healthcare coverage. Others are low income home energy assistance program and child care assistance.
Some times ago, you’d have to make personal visits to the offices of the respective Pennsylvania state government departments, to apply for these benefits. But now, you can apply for all these benefits online — and from a single website to boot: the website in question being the Pennsylvania COMPASS website.
An overview of the application procedure for Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits
The application procedure for Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits entails going to the Pennsylvania COMPASS website and indicating that you wish to apply for benefits. The next steps are those of identifying the specific benefits you wish to apply for, and then filling in the relevant application forms online. In the process, you get to set up a My COMPASS account, which you can subsequently log into, to check the application status or to carry out any other follow-up.
What you need to have, to apply for Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits
You need to meet the qualifying criteria for the specific Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits you want to apply for. On the Pennsylvania COMPASS website, there is comprehensive information on what it takes to qualify for the various benefits. You also need to have with you the information required to fill in the application for various Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits. That may include your social security number, your income and expenditure information… and so on. Obviously, you also need to have a way of connecting to the Internet, in order to be in a position to access the Pennsylvania COMPASS website, and apply for benefits there.
Where you need to go, to apply for Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits
To apply for benefits in Pennsylvania, you need to go to the Pennsylvania COMPASS website. The address/URL to take you to the said Pennsylvania COMPASS website is given below, in the ‘useful links’ section.
How to go about applying for Pennsylvania COMPASS benefits
Enter the address for the Pennsylvania COMPASS website (its provided below, in the ‘useful links’ section) into your browser, in order to be taken to the Pennsylvania COMPASS website.
Once you get to the Pennsylvania COMPASS website, check on the left hand sidebar, and you will see a section entitled ‘Get Started Now’. Within that section, click on the ‘Apply for Any Benefits’ link. Then after reading the information on the page that you are taken to, click on the ‘Continue’ link/button at the bottom of the page.
On the page that you are eventually taken to, click on the ‘Next’ button (found at the bottom). After doing what is required on each of the succeeding pages, keep on clicking on the ‘Next’ button, until you are through with the process of applying for the benefits you need.
If you have previously used the Pennsylvania COMPASS website, then, from the page that you land on, click on the ‘My COMPASS Account’ link (under the ‘Returning Users’ section). The on the page that you are taken to, enter your Pennsylvania COMPASS keystone ID and password, to access Your My COMPASS account. If you wish to renew your benefits, to check application status or to finish your application or renewal, click on the respective links for those operations.
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