TAFDC provides cash assistance to pregnant women and
families with children.
Q1: Can I get TAFDC benefits if I am a college
You may be eligible to receive TAFDC if your income is
low and you are the parent or relative of a child in your care, or you are
pregnant and your baby is due in four months or less.
- Depending on the age of your youngest child, many TAFDC
recipients have to meet a Work Program requirement of 20, 24, or 30 hours a
- You can count 12 months of college or training
towards the Work Program requirement (this could be three or four semesters) as
long as the program is at least half time, the activities are expected to lead
to a job, and you are making satisfactory progress. Each credit hour counts as
two hours of participation (for example, 12 credit hours count as 24 hours of
your Work Program requirement). You can also count additional hours of study or
lab time, if they are supervised.
- After you have attended college or training for
12 months, you may be able to go to school and still meet the Work Program
requirement. For example, you could participate in a work-study program or a volunteer
job at the college.
- Some TAFDC recipients are not subject to the Work
Q2: What are the TAFDC benefits for college
If you are eligible for TAFDC, you may receive all of
- A monthly cash benefit (paid semi-monthly). The
amount varies based on income, family size, and other factors. For example,
the basic benefit for a family of three with no countable income and not
subject to the Work Program is $593 a month, plus $40 a month if you pay rent
for private, unsubsidized housing.
- Food Stamps/SNAP benefits
- MassHealth (health insurance)
- An additional $150 per child in September to buy
- Free child care for college and work activities
- Transportation assistance for college and work
Q3: Where do I apply for
Apply at your local DTA office. Find your local DTA office online, or call