Montana TANF

Montana TANF is a time-limited cash assistance program for needy families with children under the age of 18 as well as pregnant women. The aim of TANF is to end dependency on government benefits by getting parents to work as quickly as possible.

TANF eligible families may also receive Medicaid coverage, child care assistance for working families 1 and are categorically eligible for SNAP benefits.

As a condition of eligibility, work-eligible recipients are required to participate in the “Pathways Program” for a required number of hours per week. 2

If you are a single mother with a child under age 6, you are expected to participate in approved work activities for at least 27 hours per week.


Who qualifies for TANF in Montana? #

To qualify for TANF in Montana, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or legal alien, or permanent resident
  2. Live in Montana
  3. Be responsible for a child under 19 years of age
  4. Be unemployed or under employed with very low wages
  5. Have income and assets below TANF limits

What is the income limit for TANF in Montana? #

In Montana, a family is considered “needy” when their net countable income is less than $463 a month for a family of three. The limit for countable resources is $3,000.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $272
  • 2 $368
  • 3 $463
  • 4 $559
  • 5 $654
  • 6 $750
  • 7 $845
  • 8 $941

How much does TANF pay in Montana? #

How much does TANF pay in Montana largely depends upon the family’s income and size. For example, a family of three in Montana with little or no income may receive up to $588 a month in cash benefits.

How do I apply for TANF in Montana? #

The most convenient way to apply for TANF in Montana is through — the official self-service web-based portal managed by the state of Montana.

In order to use this service, you will need to have ePass Montana account. ePass Montana is a convenient and secure way to access Montana government services. If you do not yet have an account, you must create one.

You may also apply in person at the local Office of Public Assistance. To find a local office nearest you, call 1-888-706-1535.


  1. Each family receiving child care assistance is required to pay a $10 per month co-payment directly to their child care provider(s).
  2. Pathways Program, formerly known as Work Readiness Component (WoRC), is the employment and training component of Montana TANF.
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