KEYS Program (Keystone Education Yields Success)
About the Program
KEYS is a grant-funded program of the PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW). It has been designed to provide the opportunity for PA TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) cash recipients to enroll in Pennsylvania’s community colleges. KEYS students may be enrolled on either a part-time or full-time basis. DPW and PA’s community colleges provide a KEYS Facilitator to work with TANF students and help them get the services and support they need to be successful in college and achieve their career goals.
Bucks County Community College KEYS staff provide career counseling, tutoring and academic support including help with financial aid, and discuss other supportive services available through the County Assistance Office, as well as assist in connecting the student to other community agencies and College resources.
How to enroll in KEYS: If you are currently enrolled at any of the Bucks County Community College campuses and are receiving TANF cash benefits, or if you are receiving TANF cash benefits and are not currently enrolled at BCCC, but would like to learn more about the program, contact the BCCC KEYS Coordinator, or your caseworker at the County Assistance Office.
What supportive services are available to Keystone Education Yields Success (KEYS) participants?
- KEYS participants, whether Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or food stamp (SNAP) only, may be eligible for supportive services, including child care, transportation, books, supplies, fees, etc., from the County Assistance Office (CAO). Both TANF and food stamp only participants may also be eligible for enhanced supportive services from the college, including extra allowances for car purchase, insurance, and repair.
Who is eligible to participate in KEYS?
- Pre-60-month TANF parents/participants who are currently enrolled in community college or have an approved Agreement of Mutual Responsibility (AMR) stating that they plan to attend community college. The student must be in (or plan to enroll in) a career-specific, credit-bearing certificate or associate's degree program.
- Post-60-month TANF parents/participants who were attending the KEYS program at the time they reached their 60th month may continue to participate in KEYS.
- A KEYS student who loses TANF eligibility, but continues to receive food stamps and to attend community college, may remain in KEYS. Those who do not remain eligible for food stamps may continue to receive KEYS services through the end of the semester.
How do TANF parents/participants enroll in KEYS?
- Parents/participants may come into the KEYS program at any time during their first 60 months on TANF, as long as they are a viable candidate for community college.
What are KEYS participation requirements for TANF parents?
- The rule is 20 hours per week for TANF parents with a child under 6 years and 30 hours per week when none of their children are under 6 years.
- Because the Department of Human Services (DHS) recognizes the value of education to parents and their families, participation in KEYS counts toward the TANF work requirement for up to 24 months. Students may meet their 20 or 30 hour per week obligation through a combination of classroom hours; study time; and, if necessary, work-related activities, such as part-time employment, work study, paid work experience, or community service.
If you are receiving TANF and/or SNAP (food stamps) and are interested in enrolling in KEYS, contact your CAO caseworker or:
KEYS Program Director
Bucks County Community College
Student Services - Rollins 7A