There are many ways in which the Internet has made daily lives and communications so much easier. Simply log onto the Internet and conduct all your banking operations and shopping rather easily. Even governments have turned to the use of online systems in order to make it easier for them to look after the needs of the people. One such example is the use of EBT or Electronics Benefits Transfer that has been put into place by the governments of the United Kingdom and USA.
What is EBT?
EBT as the term denotes, is an electronic system. This system has been implemented by the government of USA in order to make it possible to issue various kinds of welfare benefits to the population. The EBT is based on a particular card that is issued to an individual. Using this card, an individual can get access to a platform of benefits. The best part is that he can do so online as well.
Benefits of EBT
With the EBT, an individual can get access to cash and food benefits. Among other things, he or she can:
- Get food benefits through the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Enjoy convenience of use
- Make safer transactions since it eliminates the need to carry cash or even checks
- Get TANF or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families,
- Refugee benefits and
- State General Assistance
Therefore, it makes a lot of sense for the individual to handle EBT online in order to have 24×7 access to the benefits, balance and other details that the EBT card has to offer.
Requirements for handling EBT online
In order to handle your EBT online, you will need to have the following:
- Access to the internet,
- Access to a computer or laptop
- Your EBT card
- Your User ID and
- Your password.
You will need to create a user ID and password on the websites that you visit. For instance, if you are trying to view your account balance and transaction history on the Pennsylvania EBT website, then you will need to create a user account on this page or login if you already have created an id and password.
Different States have cards for EBT:
You can log onto the website – www.ebtedge.com and use the different options:
- Provider and
As a cardholder, you can click on the link that says ‘Cardholder Login’ in blue on the left side of the page:
You will then be directed to a page that looks like this:
All you then need to do is enter your 16-digit Card Number and then login.
Managing your EBT card online gives you the chance to keep track of your balance so you can then plan your use of the card in a more streamlined manner.
RECENTLY – 10-19-13 updated
Just a few months ago, Ohio announced that 800,000 families will be getting EBT. The system will be managed by JP Morgan Electronic Financial Services. One of the noteworthy components of this move is the fact that individuals will be able to use online facilities for bill pays, transfers and can even enjoy timely notifications and alerts for low balance, account balance, new deposits and so on.
Thus, managing your EBT card online is pretty easy and results in an easy ability to keep track of all transactions.