Kansas Successful Families Program

TANF, known in Kansas as the Successful Families Program is the monthly cash assistance program for Kansas' neediest families with children under age 18. 1

Kansas limits the receipt of cash assistance to 24 months only 2 but allows for “hardship extensions” of up to an additional 12 months for a total of 36 months.

Families receiving cash assistance are required to register for work or participate in work-related activities, unless otherwise exempt. This includes cooperating with child support requirement.


Who is eligible for TANF in Kansas? #

To be eligible for TANF in Kansas, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Kansas.
  3. Be unemployed or working for very low wages.
  4. Be responsible for a child under age 19.
  5. Meet income and resource limits.

What is the income limit for TANF in Kansas? #

The income limit for TANF in Kansas is 28% of the federal poverty level, or less than $6,960 per year for a family of three. That is equivalent to less than $580 per month.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $340
  • 2 $460
  • 3 $580
  • 4 $700
  • 5 $820
  • 6 $940
  • 7 $1,060
  • 8 $1,180

How much is cash assistance in Kansas? #

Under the Successful Families Program, the amount of cash benefit provided depends upon the family’s income, and the county where the family lives.

For example, a family of three living in a high-cost, high-population county is eligible to receive $429 per month, whereas a family of three in a rural county is eligible to receive $386 per month. 3

How do I apply for TANF in Kansas? #

Go to the DCF Online Application and Self-Assessment to apply for Kansas TANF. If you need help with your application, please call 1-888-369-4777.

If you are looking for work, visit KansasWorks. If you don’t already have one, create a “Job Seeker Account” to post your resumes.


  1. The Grandparents as Caregivers (GPCG) program provides cash benefits to grandparents or other relatives raising children.
  2. Kansas cut the time limit to 48 months in 2011, to 36 months in 2015, and to 24 months in 2016.
  3. Kansas DCF, Maximum Cash Assistance Payments
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