Effective date: August 2, 2018
Revised date: September 23, 2019
Anyone interested in being considered for the WIOA Title I Youth 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.
The WIOA Title I-B Youth Program has two different eligibility statuses, in-school youth (ISY) and out-of-school youth (OSY). Each has its own eligibility criteria. Individuals' age and school status at the time of eligibility determination dictate whether individuals are ISY or OSY.4 Participants maintain the same ISY or OSY status until they are exited.5 Once in the program, participants may continue to receive services beyond the age of 21 if ISY and 24 if OSY.6
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.
Eligibility determination means applying the information collected during program registration to the eligibility criteria to see if the individual is eligible for the program.