Check TAFDC eligibility and how to apply

Your family must meet certain requirements to get Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) — here’s what you need to know. You cannot apply online.

TAFDC is for families with children under 18, including teen parents. If you’re pregnant, you can apply for TAFDC for yourself if your child is due in less than 4 months. To get TAFDC a family must meet basic requirements:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Include a U.S. citizen or person with certain legal noncitizen status
  • Meet income and asset limits


Income limits

To be eligible for TAFDC your family's gross income must not exceed the income limits based on your household size and the type of housing you live in. Gross income is the amount before taxes or other deductions.  Income you don't usually get does not count toward the limit. Don't include the income of family members who are SSI recipients or foster children, or include them in your household size.


Your monthly gross income must not be more than:

Household size Public or subsidized housing Private housing
1 $388 $428
2 $491 $531
3 $593 $633
4 $691 $731
5 $792 $832
6 $896 $936
7 $997 $1,037
8 $1,097 $1,137
9 $1,197  $1,237
10 $1,298 $1,338
Each additional household member +$105 +105


If you are a teen parent, the monthly gross income of your parent(s) you live with must not be more than:

Household size Income 
1 $2,082
2 $2,818
3 $3,555
4 $4,292
5 $5,028
6 $5,765
7 $6,502
8 $7,238
9 $7,975
10 $8,712
Each additional household member +$737


A deduction is the amount of your income that doesn't count. If your income is from a job, deductions are allowed as follows:

  • $200
  • The cost of child care (restrictions apply)

Asset limit

Your family’s total assets generally cannot add up to more than $5,000.

Assets are things of value like bank accounts and cars. If you own 1 car, $15,000 of its value does not count.

If you give assets away to qualify for TAFDC, you are not eligible.

Certain things, like the house your family lives in, do not count as assets.

How to apply

You can apply for TAFDC at your local DTA office. You cannot apply for TAFDC online.