Indiana Earned Income Tax Credit #
The EITC is often cited as one of the most effective anti-poverty programs, lifting more children out of poverty than any other programs in the nation. Indiana piggybacks onto the federal EITC by adding an additional 9% to the federal allocation.
However, Indiana has separated itself from the federal guidelines by adopting different income thresholds. As a result, those claiming Indiana’s EITC no longer benefited from increased payouts for families with three or more children.
To claim Indiana’s EIC, you must complete and attach Schedule IN-EIC to your Indiana tax return. If you have a qualifying child, you must file using Form 1040 or 1040-SR, and attach Schedule EIC.
Indiana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) #
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a program that provides cash assistance and supportive services to assist families with children under age 18, helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency.
As a condition of eligibility for TANF cash assistance, you're required to participate in job search services available through IMPACT, a component of Indiana's Welfare-to-Work program.
How much do you get for TANF in Indiana?
Benefits vary based on the family’s countable income up to the maximum allowable amount of $288 for a family of three. To see if you qualify for benefits, call 1-800-403-0864.
Indiana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps, is a 100% federally funded program that provides food assistance to very low income people and families in Indiana.
Most families must meet both gross and net income limits to qualify for SNAP. Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or TANF are automatically eligible for SNAP.
In Indiana, participants in SNAP access their EBT benefits using the “Hoosier Works” card that works like a bank debit card used for purchases at any store that accepts food assistance.
How do I sign up for food stamps in Indiana?
To apply for benefits, visit the FSSA Benefits Portal and file your application online. If you don’t already have an account, create one.
Indiana Special Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) #
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care to low-income, nutritionally at risk: pregnant women, infants, and children under the age of 5.
Families receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or TANF are automatically income eligible for the Indiana WIC Program. A letter of eligibility is required.
How do I apply for WIC in Indiana?
If you think you qualify for WIC assistance, call toll-free 1-800-522-0874 to find the WIC clinic nearest you and set up a certification appointment.
Indiana Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) #
The Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 — the State's alternative to traditional Medicaid, provides health insurance for uninsured adult Hoosiers with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level.
HIP members are expected to contribute between $1 to $20 a month into a HSA and cover co-pays for certain health care services, like doctors' visits — the exact amount of which will depend on your income and family size.
Women who are pregnant and do not already have Medicaid or HIP may be eligible for Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women that covers doctor visits, tests, lab work and other care for your pregnancy.
How do I apply for Indiana Medicaid?
Applications are available online, by mail or by visiting your local Division of Family Resources (DFR) office. Call 1-877-GET-HIP-9 to find more information about the application process.
Indiana Hoosier Healthwise (HHW) #
Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program for eligible Indiana children up to age 19, and pregnant women who are not covered by Medicaid.
The program covers medical care like doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, surgeries, and family planning, at little or no cost.
There are two benefit packages within Hoosier Healthwise:
- Package A. For children and pregnant women. Members do not have any cost sharing obligations.
- Package C. For children enrolled in CHIP. There is a small monthly premium payment and co-pay for some services based on family income.
What is the income limit for Hoosier Healthwise?
Chidren from families with income up to 255% of the federal poverty level can qualify for CHIP through Hoosier Healthwise. Pregnant women who meet the income guidelines are also eligible for benefits.
Indiana Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) #
The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to provide financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families. Eligibility for the subsidy is based on income level and family size.
Families who qualify will receive a voucher from the local department of social services to take to the provider of their choice.
How do I apply for child care assistance in Indiana?
Families can now apply for CCDF or On My Way Pre-K using a new, easier-to-use online application called “Early Ed Connect” where you can now apply for multiple children in one application.
If you need help locating a CCDF eligible provider, call
Indiana On My Way Pre-K #
On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4-year-olds from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin kindergarten.
Eligible families may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program in selected counties 1. As slots are limited in each county, families will be chosen on a first come-first served basis in the order in which applications are received.
Families with incomes less than 127% of federal poverty level may apply online via Early Ed Connect or in person at their local intake agent in which they reside.
Indiana Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSPC) #
The aim of the Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) ensures all Indiana children in low-income area receive proper nutrition during the months of June, July, and August when school is out.
Children 18 and younger may receive free meals and snacks through SFSP. Meals and snacks are also available to persons with disabilities, over age 18, who participate in school programs for people who are mentally or physically disabled.
For additional information about SFSPC, you may contact the Division of School and Community Nutrition at 1-800-537-1142. You may also call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY.
Indiana Energy Assistance Program (EAP) #
LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps qualifying households with heating and cooling costs. Throughout Indiana, this program is known as the Energy Assistance Program (EAP).
To qualify for the EAP, you must be a resident of the state of Indiana and have an income not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level. Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and households with small children.
How do I apply for energy assistance in Indiana?
Applications for EAP can be made through a local Community Action Agency, known as Local Service Provider (LSP) 2 or you may also now apply online at Indiana EAP Client Portal.
When funding is available, Summer Cool Program will be offered during the period from June through August of any year to eligible households served during the winter months to use towards their electric bill.
Indiana Unemployment Insurance #
Unemployment insurance provides temporary income replacement to Indiana workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own — up to $390 per week.
As a condition of eligibility, you are required by the law to be registered with Indiana's job matching service, Indiana Career Connect within ten (10) days of filing your claim.
How do I apply for unemployment benefits in Indiana?
All claims for unemployment benefits in Indiana must be filed through Uplink CSS, the online system for unemployment insurance claims or go to your nearest WorkOne Center as soon as you become unemployed.
Frank O'Bannon Grant Program #
Frank O'Bannon Grant Program, formerly known as the Indiana Higher Education Grant, is designed to provide access for needy Indiana students to attend eligible postsecondary institutions. The grant is given on a "need-based" basis — up to a maximum of $9,200.
To qualify, you must submit a valid FAFSA by April 15 of the academic year preceding the academic year you plan to enroll. Students receiving the Frank O'Bannon Grant are subject to credit completion requirements.
Adult Student Grant #
As part of the You Can. Go Back. campaign, adults with college credits but without a college degree can receive a $2,000 grant to continue their education.
Submit the FAFSA and the Adult Student Grant Application as soon after October 1st as possible, as the awards are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Bartholomew, Delaware, Elkhart, Howard, Madison, Kosciusko, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph and Tippecanoe.
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