Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA)


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Arkansas TEA is a time-limited assistance program to help needy families with children become more responsible for their own support.

Through training, education and work activities, it aims to reduce dependence of needy parents on public assistance.

Benefits may include cash payments, childcare assistance, help with transportation, employment-related services, including job-readiness activities, and other supportive services.

Arkansas’ cash assistance benefit level for a family of three is the third lowest in the country at only $204 per month.

State law limits the receipt of TEA benefits to 24 month lifetime limit, unless otherwise transitioned into Arkansas Work Pays.


As the focus of TANF is self-sufficiency through work, all work-eligible recipients of TEA cash assistance must actively seek employment or participate in work activities for a specified number of hours per week.


Application for Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA) can be filed in person at the Department of Human Services (DHS) office in the county where you reside.

You may also apply online at Access Arkansas — the self-service online portal provided by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS).

After your application is filed, an interview will be arranged to determine your family’s eligibility. This interview can be in-person or over-the-phone.


For more information about Arkansas TEA, call
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
(855) 225-4440