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8.2 Eligibility | 8.2.1 Adult Program

8.2.1 Adult Program

Effective date: October 1, 2017

Revised date: October 15, 2018

Revised date: September 23, 2019

Anyone interested in being considered for the WIOA Title I Adult Program must be allowed to apply.1 All applicants must receive an eligibility determination.2 While WIOA is not an entitlement program,3 this only means that funding for WIOA programs is not unlimited. Local WDBs must offer services to all eligible applicants when funding is available.

Individuals are eligible for the WIOA Title I Adult Program if they are:

  1. 18 years of age or older;4
  2. eligible to work in the United States;5

  3. registered with Selective Service (if applicable).6

    Note: Participants who lose their authorization to work in the United States become ineligible for the WIOA Title I Adult Program as of the date the authorization was lost.7

    Note: If someone is required to register with the Selective Service, but has not, follow the "Failure to Register for Selective Service" procedure.

States and local WDBs may not add eligibility criteria, including, but not limited to, criteria related to county or state of residence.8

Any costs associated with providing WIOA Title I services to ineligible individuals may be disallowed.9

Eligibility Determination

Effective date: July 26, 2019

DWD-DET defines eligibility determination as applying the information collected during program registration to the eligibility criteria to see if the individual is eligible for the program.


Effective date: September 23, 2019

The right of a person, group of people, business, unit of government, or similar entity to receive payments from the federal government if they meet the eligibility criteria set in law. Spending levels for entitlement programs are determined by those programs' eligibility criteria and benefit or payment rules rather than through the annual appropriations process. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the federal government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled.



Eligible to Work in the United States

Effective date: October 1, 2017

Individuals eligible to work in the U.S. include (WIOA Sec. 188(a)(5); 20 CR §683.285(5)):

  • citizens and nationals of the United States;
  • lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens, refugees and asylees (who are authorized to work in the U.S. because of their refugee or asylee status); and
  • other immigrants authorized by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the Secretary's designee to work in the U.S. This includes immigrants covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) who have applied for and received work authorization (TEGL 02-14, p. 2).