TANF Eligibility Requirements

Though the TANF program is administered by the federal Administration for Children and Families, each state is responsible for setting its own guidelines for financial TANF benefits eligibility along with accepting and considering applications for assistance. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a cash assistance program for families with dependent children and for pregnant women in their last 3 months of pregnancy. To be eligible to receive benefits from the TANF program you must be a resident of the state where you are applying and you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. TANF Eligibility requirements vary from state to state, to find out if you are eligible for TANF benefits select your state below.