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Can you get Transitional cash benefits after you leave TAFDC?

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Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2017

If your TAFDC case closes because your countable earned income is more than the TAFDC grant, you are eligible for Transitional Support Services (TSS) cash payments. 

  • TSS stipends begin when a case has been closed for 30 days because of countable earned income. The stipends are paid according to the following schedule:
Work Expense Stipend
Transportation Stipend

Month 1 (30 days after 

TAFDC Closing)

$200 $80
Month 2 $150 $60
Month 3 $100 $40
Month 4 $50 $20
  • TSS payments are not paid if the TAFDC case reopens. 
  • DTA issues TSS stipends once a month based on the last digit of your Social Security Number.
  • DTA deposits TSS stipends into your EBT account or your bank account.
  • You do not have to apply for TSS. The payments are automatic if DTA says you qualify. DTA Online Guide (Transitional Support Services).

Advocacy Reminders:

  • If your countable earned income if more than the TAFDC grant and you want to close your case, be sure to tell your DTA worker before you close your case so you don’t miss out on TSS. 
  • TSS payments do not count for SNAP. DTA Online Guide Transmittal 2016-69 (Dec. 9, 2016). Because the payments are temporary, there is a good argument that they should not count for other benefit programs.

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