TANF Time Limit Rules: What if I have lost my TANF because of the time limit and later meet the conditions?

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X. What if I have lost my TANF because of the 60-month time limit and later meet the conditions to qualify for an extension or exemption?

You can apply for an exemption or an extension at any time—even after you lost your TANF because of the time limit.

For example, your TANF ended because you reached the 60-month time limit and then two years later you became disabled. You could reapply at that time to get TANF for your children. Your children could continue to receive TANF on a “child only” grant for as long as you continued to qualify for the disability extension.

Here’s another example. A year after your TANF case was closed because of the time limit, your child or spouse develops a serious illness or significant disability that requires you to care for them and prevents you from working. You could apply for an extension at that time since you are needed to care for the family member.

Please note: Some extensions do have limits on how long you can receive an extension or when you can receive it. Review the descriptions above to learn more about limits on these extensions.

June 2012