Reach Ahead

Reach Ahead helps families who participated in Vermont's Reach Up or Postsecondary Education (PSE) program.

Who is eligible?

To be eligibile, your family must:

  1. Apply within six months of leaving Reach Up or PSE;
  2. Include a work-eligible adult who is meeting the work requirement through paid employment;
  3. Include a minor child; and 
  4. Meet all other Reach Up requirements (e.g., residency, family composition, and verification of income).

What assistance is provided?

Reach Ahead provides eligible families with services and financial assistance for up to 12 months. Financial benefits are issued on an EBT card and may only be used to buy food. Families receive $100 a month for the first six months and $50 a month for the next six months.

How do I apply?

  1. Click here to print the application form;and
     
  2. Mail your completed form to:

    DCF - Economic Services Division
    Application and Document Processing Center
    103 South Main Street
    Waterbury, VT 05676-1500

Where can I get more information?

Call our Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151 to:

  • Set up an account you can use to get information about your case (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
     
  • Speak to a customer service agent during regular business hours: Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:00 AM to 5:45 PM; and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 4:15 PM.