WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 10) Youth Program

10.3 Youth Program Eligibility



10.3.5 Attending Versus Not Attending

Effective date: August 2, 2018

State law does not define "attending" versus "not attending" school. DWD-DET has established a policy for determining whether an individual is attending or not attending school.1

DWD-DET considers an individual to be "attending" school at the time of eligibility determination if s/he is:

  • reporting to school on a routine basis, either physically or virtually, when school is in session;2
  • in between school sessions and is enrolled to continue school at the start of the next session (e.g., the summer between secondary school grade levels);3
  • OR
  • registered for post-secondary school but classes have not yet started.4
  • Note: Registration or attendance in post-secondary school must always involve credit-bearing classes. If the classes are non-credit-bearing, the individual is not considered to be "attending" school.5

DWD-DET considers an individual as "not attending" school at the time of eligibility determination if s/he does not meet the "attending" definition and meets one of the following:

  • has not reported to school, either physically or virtually, for at least four full weeks and is not subject to the State's compulsory school attendance law (e.g., the individual is 20 years old and has not attended post-secondary training for the last four weeks);6
  • is between school sessions and decides not to follow through with attending and is not subject to the State's compulsory school attendance law;7
  • is not currently reporting to school but is registered for post-secondary school and decides not to follow through with attending;8
  • is enrolled in non-credit-bearing post-secondary classes;9
  • OR
  • is subject to the State's compulsory school attendance law but has not reported to school, either physically or virtually, for the most recently completed quarter of the school district's school year or longer.10
  • Note: Wisconsin's compulsory school attendance law requires individuals between the ages of 6 and 18 to attend school when in session, unless they have already graduated from secondary school or are excused from attending (excuses are defined by the law). Under the law, individuals who turn 18 years of age during the school year must continue to routinely report to school until the end of the term (quarter or semester) in which they turned 18.11