TANF Exemption Program

Program Purpose

WARNING: Due to legislative budget cuts, funding for the TANF Program will be discontinued beginning with the fall 2011 semester.

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To help children whose parents received TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) get a start in college.

Eligibility Requirements


New Requirements Fall, 2014

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement for persons to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. These changes go into effect in fall, 2014. Contact your institution for more information.

Eligible Institutions

May be used only at Texas public colleges and universities.

To access listings of Texas public colleges and universities, follow the links to Texas Public Institutions.

Award Amount

Tuition and fees for the first academic year in which the student enrolls at a Texas public institution of higher education. No funds may be used to pay tuition for continuing education classes for which the college receives no state tax support.

Application Process

The student must provide proof from the Health and Human Services Commission of receiving TANF benefits to the college registrar

Additional Information