Arkansas TEA – Employment and cash assistance

Arkansas Transitional Employment Assistance (TEA), a limited welfare program created for families in need that are looking to become self-sufficient by providing employment and cash assistance. The program comes with training, education, and work activities to help parents become independent. 

These are the benefits of TEA: Cash assistance, child care assistance, help with transportation, employment-related services, job-readiness activities, and other supportive services. 

A family of three receives $204 a monthly cash assistance for up to 24 months. However, transitioning to Arkansas Work Pays will change the 24 months limit.

Frequently Asked Questions – TE Assistance in Arkansas


What are the qualifications for TEA in Arkansas? 

  1. Resident of the state of Arkansas
  2. US citizen, national, legal alien or permanent resident
  3. Household with low-income
  4. Responsible for a child under the age of 18

Due to the goal of self-sufficiency, all adult recipients of TEA must actively seek employment or participate in work activities for a specified number of hours per week.

How much does TEA pay in Arkansas? 

TEA in Arkansas is the third lowest in the country because of its time-limited $204 monthly benefits for low-income or no-income families.

How do I apply for the TEA program? 

Apply for TEA in person at a Department of Human Services (DHS) office in your county.

Online Application at Access Arkansas, the state’s self-service portal by the Arkansas DHS

An interview done in person or by phone will determine your family’s eligibility for the program after application.

Contact the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
(855) 225-4440
To learn more.

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