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KEYS Program

keys logoKEYS is a Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) program designed to help TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps) recipients succeed in community college.

If you are a CCAC student who receives TANF or SNAP benefits, you may qualify to participate in the KEYS program at CCAC.


KEYS Student Support Specialists will work with you and the County Assistance Office (CAO) to see if you may be eligible* for help with …

  • Child care funds
  • Transportation costs (bus passes, mileage, and repairs)
  • Books and school or training supplies

KEYS Student Support Specialists will also connect you to…

  • FREE CCAC support services including counseling, academic support, tutoring, and career counseling
  • Connections to other community service agencies
  • And more! depending on federal/state regulations and funding

*Eligibility is determined by the CAO.

Participation Requirements

  • Attend scheduled appointments with your Student Support Specialist
  • Submit weekly attendance sheets
  • Meet hours requirements

Application and Enrollment

  • Current or prospective CCAC students who are receiving TANF or SNAP benefits (or think they may be eligible) should contact the KEYS Coordinator at 412.237.2672 or
  • If you are currently receiving TANF or SNAP, you may also contact your CAO caseworker about a referral to KEYS.

Important Links:

To learn about, apply for, or renew human services benefits (including TANF and SNAP) online, visit the PA Compass website

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To learn more about KEYS, please see our brochure.

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Contact the KEYS coordinator at 412.237.2672 or