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.

Please refer to other possible financial aid resources at "Types of Financial Aid” link.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Texas residents;
  • Graduated from a public high school in Texas;
  • Have been a dependent child whose parents received financial assistance through the TANF program for at least six months of the year of the child’s high school graduation;
  • Younger than 22 years of age on the date of enrollment;
  • Enroll as an undergraduate student at a public college or university and start using the award within 24 months of graduation from high school; and
  • Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e., a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs)

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

  • Contact your college financial aid office for additional information on eligibility or availability of funds.

  • To read more about this program check out:

    Texas Education Code 54.361

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