Financial Help for Single Mothers in Oklahoma

Recession has affected millions of families in the country and Oklahomans are not spared from this economic crisis — particularly single mothers from lower income families.

The state of Oklahoma understands the plight of its most disadvantaged residents.

And to make life easier for them, a set of support programs has been made available to provide a “safety net” for these families.

From food to child care assistance, the state government takes into consideration their most basic needs.

1Oklahoma Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Oklahoma TANF program supports public assistance programs for eligible families with children under the age of 18, on a time-limited basis. The maximum amount a family of three can receive through TANF is $292 per month.

Among the program’s purposes are; to provide temporary assistance to needy families; to end dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation and work. As a result, TANF recipients are required to participate in work related activities for a specified number of hours per week.

Visit your local county office to apply for TANF
or call 1-866-411-1877 for assistance.

2Oklahoma Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In Oklahoma, SNAP benefits are issued to more than 600,000 adults and children each month. It helps improve the diets of low-income Oklahoman, regardless of age, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.

The SNAP benefit varies from family to family according to income, family size, and available resources. If eligible, you’ll receive your benefits through the “Access Oklahoma EBT” card.

3Oklahoma SoonerCare

SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, guarantees coverage for basic health and long-term care services for eligible Oklahoma residents — mostly uninsured children under age 19, adults with children up to 18 years of age, pregnant women, disabled adults, and the elderly.

SoonerCare is free for those who meet the income guidelines; however, co-pays may apply to some services. If you are uninsured, call 1-800-987-7767 to find out if SoonerCare is the right option for you.

As Oklahoma is not expanding coverage, Medicaid eligibility for non-disabled adults is limited to parents with incomes below 47% of poverty, or about $9,300 a year for a single mother of two. However, Oklahomans may still be able to get financial assistance to pay for coverage in the marketplace.

4Oklahoma Child Care Assistance Program

CCAP in Oklahoma is available for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs whose parent is either employed or enrolled in school.

Families earning approximately $2,425/month or less with one child in care, and $3,625/month with three or more children in care may qualify.

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.1

5Oklahoma Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Program

Oklahoma is one of three states in the nation to offer free voluntary pre-Kindergarten to all 4-year-olds in participating school districts. Most of Oklahoma’s public school districts voluntarily offer half-day or full-day Pre-K classes.

Although pre-Kindergarten is free, there is typically a charge for before- and after-school care to complete day for working families. To enroll your child in Pre-K, call your local elementary school.

6Oklahoma Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP provides eligible low-income Oklahoma households with winter heating bill assistance. The program also pay for summer cooling and/or weatherization aid.

Eligibility for the LIHEAP program is based on a household’s total income, household size, dwelling type, and type of heating fuel, among others.

Application begins in the month of December and will be accepted until the state runs out of money. Proof of identification, income verification, and most recent heating bill is required.

7Oklahoma Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Insurance is a program of social insurance that provides a temporary source of income for Oklahomans unemployed through no fault of their own — for up to 26 weeks. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $440, up to a maximum of $9400.

You can apply by telephone or by using the Internet. To file over the Internet, just go to unemployment claims to file your claim for benefits.

To file by telephone, call (405) 525-1500 if you live within the metropolitan calling area of Oklahoma City or 1-800-555-1554 if you live anywhere outside.

8Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grants (OTAG)

OTAG is a grant offered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) to residents of Oklahoma who attend Oklahoma’s public and private colleges and universities.

Application is made through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through the financial aid office at the college you are planning to attend, or at

9Oklahoma Promise

Oklahoma PROMISE allows students in the 8th through 10th grades2 whose parents earning less than $50,000 in income apply for free college tuition.

The award amount is determined annually by the Oklahoma State Regents. For 2013-2014, Oklahoma’s Promise is awarded at $139.00 per credit hour enrolled.

Application for Oklahoma PROMISE is available online. For more information, call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s information hotline at 800-858-1840.

  1. Oklahoma DHS, Child Care Eligibility/Co-payment Chart []
  2. Homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15. []