State Opportunities to Provide Access to Postsecondary Education Under TANF

Publication Date: February 2000

Publisher: Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Lisa Plimpton; Julie Strawn; Mark Greenberg

Research Area: Education

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper discusses why postsecondary education and training for low-income parents matters for the long-term success of welfare reform; explains how and to what extent a state can support postsecondary education within or outside of its cash assistance program using TANF and TANF-related funds; and describes current state TANF policies with respect to postsecondary education, including descriptions of recent state actions that increase access for low-income parents.