South Carolina TANF

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

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.

The law 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.


Who is eligible for TANF in South Carolina? #

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

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Live in South Carolina.
  3. Be unemployed or working for very low wages.
  4. Be pregnant or be responsible for a child under age 19.
  5. Meet income and resource limits.

What is the income limit for TANF in SC? #

The income threshold for TANF in South Carolina is currently set at 50% of the poverty level. 1 For example, a family of three can earn up to $1,036 a month and still qualify.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $608
  • 2 $822
  • 3 $1,036
  • 4 $1,250
  • 5 $1,464
  • 6 $1,678
  • 7 $1,893
  • 8 $2,107

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 $323 a month to a family of three.

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.

How do I apply for welfare in South Carolina? #

You may apply for TANF in person at your local county office or through SCCES — an online application portal for South Carolinians to apply for benefits.

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.

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


  1. CBBP, Increases in TANF Cash Benefit Levels Are Critical to Help Families Meet Rising Costs
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