South Carolina TANF

Updated June 27, 2019

TANF is a time-limited program that assists very low-income families with children who could not afford even basic necessities.

The income threshold for TANF in South Carolina is set at 50% of the federal poverty level. For example, a single mother with two children earning about $10,700 or less per year may qualify for benefits.

While the program, formerly known as Family Independence, is designed to serve both single-parent and two-parent families, more than two-thirds of TANF recipients were children under the age of 18.01

South Carolina requires all TANF applicants, as a condition of eligibility, to participate in two weeks of up-front job search, with the exception of those that are disabled or over 60 years old.

Apart from cash assistance, families enrolled in the program are offered employment training and placement, childcare and transportation while in employment training.


  • How much is TANF in SC?

    How much money you get for TANF in SC largely depends upon your family’s income and size. South Carolina pays a maximum of $286 a month to a family of three.

  • Where do I apply for TANF?

    You may apply for TANF benefits in person at your local county office or online through SCMAPP. If you are a first time user, you need to create a new SCMAPP account.

    Once your application is received, an eligibility worker will set up a face-to-face interview to screen your likely eligibility.

Most TANF benefits in South Carolina are limited to 24 months in a 10 year time period. The time limit may be extended due to hardship reasons, if specific criteria is met.

If you need assistance, please call
TANF/SNAP, Client Services
(800) 616-1309

  1. CBPP, A Closer Look at Who Benefits from SNAP: State-by-State Fact Sheets