How do I apply?

How do I apply?

There are many ways to apply for all of the benefit programs that are supported through
The Ohio Benefit Bank.

Self-Serve: Apply on your own at any time!

All it takes to use our free, online service to apply for more than 20 available programs is a computer with Internet access and an active e-mail account. If you don’t have an e-mail account, you can create one for free through a site like Google or Yahoo.
Follow these easy steps to apply on your own:

  1. Take about five minutes to complete a QuickCheck. You won’t need to look anything up to complete it, and at the end, you will find out about the likelihood that you are eligible for help from different programs.
  2. If the results of your QuickCheck suggest that you may be eligible for one or more programs, you can create an account with The Benefit Bank and begin your application(s).
  3. The online service will guide you through your application(s) step-by-step. Pay close attention to the follow-up instructions you receive after completing each application, because every program works differently. In most cases you will electronically submit your application, but for a few programs you will need to print and mail the completed application.
  4. Complete any follow-up steps needed with the state or local agencies that will determine your eligibility for each program. Make sure to open any mail that you receive after submitting your application, since it may be important information that you need to complete the application process.

Remember, if you have any trouble or come across questions, you can always call The Ohio Benefit Bank hotline, M-F from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 1-800-648-1176.

Counselor-Assisted Application Completion: Let a trained counselor guide you through the process!

Maybe you don’t feel comfortable applying on your own. You might not have reliable Internet access, or maybe you got halfway through an application and then got stuck. Don’t worry! There are trained counselors throughout Ohio who can help you to complete your application. Find a community organization near you that can help: just call our hotline at 1-800-648-1176 or visit our site locator to search for locations near you!

Traditional application process

You are always welcome to apply directly through the state or local agency that determines eligibility for the program(s) you are interested in. Some programs are operated by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and you can find your county’s office on their website. Some programs are operated through other agencies; look for a full list on our helpful links page.

Remember that The Ohio Benefit Bank is designed to be user-friendly and is always free—we encourage you to use this online service so that getting help when you need it most doesn’t become another burden!