Crossroads Program


The Crossroads Program supports parents up to age 21 by helping pay a portion of their child care and transportation costs so they can continue their education.

Parents who qualify must be:

  • Pursuing an education
  • Under the age of 21
    • Exception: If the parent is already participating in the crossroads program and enrolls in a bachelors degree program, they are eligible until the degree is completed.
  • Parents who are married or unmarried
  • Primary caregiver of the child
  • North Dakota resident
  • Living in the same house with the child


Apply for Crossroads

Complete both the Crossroads Program application and the Application for Assistance (SFN 405).


How it Works

Each parent works one-on-one with a Crossroads case manager who will offer ongoing guidance and support. Together a case manager and parent will:

  • Complete an assessment, discuss education goals, and identify any barriers that might prevent achieving education goals
  • Develop an education plan that includes an estimated graduation date and progress report
  • Meet at least once per month
  • Determine transportation allowance 
  • Monitor involvement in educational activities and provide help if needed (tutoring, etc.)
  • Complete a progress report at the end of each semester that may include school staff 

Once a parent receives their high school or GED diploma through the Crossroads Program, they qualify for a one-time graduation incentive.

Information and Resources
Additional Services

HHS may be able to help with more of your household needs.
Other programs you may qualify for include health care, food support, housing and utility help.
Learn more about other services available by clicking here.


Contact Us

For more information on the Crossroads Program, contact your local Human Service Zone office or the department.

Economic Assistance Policy Division
Crossroads Program
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll Free: (800) 755-2716
ND Relay TTY: (800) 366-6888