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17-04 Revised - Managing Financial Aid - Priority Criteria for Financial Aid Services

 

WS 17-04 - Revised

April 24, 2017

Financial Aid

Expires:  Continuing

   

To:  

All Contractors

From:

Mike Temple
David Baggerly
Lucretia Hammond

Subject:

Managing Financial Aid - Financial Aid Priority Criteria


Purpose

Establish priorities that apply to certain financial aid funds.

This issuance updates and replaces issuance WS 17-04 issued February 20, 2017. 

Background

Workforce Solutions uses multiple funds to provide financial aid for customers.

In addition to meeting basic eligibility and suitability requirements, Child Care and Development Block Grant dollars and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds require the use of a priority list for awarding financial aid dollars.

Funds with Priority Criteria

Child Care Child Care and Development Block Grant (financial aid for early education/care)

  1. The following customers can receive financial aid using Child Care and Development Block Grant funds at any time:

    a.      Applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash payments;
    b.     TANF recipients who are participating with us in employment and training activities;
    c.      TANF employment and training participants who are transitioning off cash payments and into unsubsidized work
    d.     Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (food stamp) recipients who are participating with us in employment and training activities

  2. The following customers can receive financial aid using Child Care and Development Block Grant funds subject to the funds being available and, if there is a waiting list, in the following order:

    a.      Children in protective services;
    b.     Children of veterans or their spouses;
    c.      Children of a foster youth; d.     Children experiencing homelessness;
    e.      Children of active duty military personnel who are unable to enroll their children in military-funded child care assistance programs;
    f.      Children of teen parents;
    g.     Children with disabilities
    h.     Siblings in families already receiving our financial aid for one or more children
    i.       Families participating in Workforce Solutions career, employment or education activities that require the financial aid to successfully      complete their service
    j.      All other eligible families

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

  1. For customers who are eligible as adults for financial aid paid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act dollars, priority goes
    a.      First, to individuals who are (i) recipients of public assistance1, (ii) other low-income2 individuals, or (iii) individuals who are basic        skills deficient3 in the following order of priority:
              1)  Eligible veterans4 and eligible spouses5
               
    2)  Foster youth6 and former foster youth7
               
    3)  All other individuals who are (i) recipients of public assistance1, (ii) other low-income2 individuals, or (iii) individuals who are basic skills deficient3

    b.     Second, to individuals at or below the self-sufficiency8 income levels in the following order of priority:
             1)  Eligible veterans and eligible spouses
             2)  Foster youth and former foster youth
             3)  All other individuals at or below the self-sufficiency4 income levels

  2. For customers who are eligible as dislocated workers for financial aid paid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act dollars, priority goes
    a.      First to eligible veterans or eligible spouses
    b.     Second to foster youth and former foster youth
    c.      Third to all other individuals eligible as dislocated workers

  3. For customers who are eligible as youth for financial aid paid with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act dollars, priority goes
    a.      First to eligible veterans or eligible spouses
    b.     Second to foster youth and former foster youth
    c.      Third to all other individuals eligible as youth

Applying Priority Criteria

Child Care and Development Block Grant Funds

  1. We fund assistance with child care expenses upon request for customers who meet participation requirements as TANF Applicants, TANF Choices, TANF transitional, and SNAP E&T.
  2. For all other customers, when there is a wait list, we fund assistance using the priorities described above.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

  1. We fund assistance from the substantial assistance registry for eligible adults, dislocated workers or youth using the priority list.
  2. We fund short-term assistance for any eligible adult or dislocated worker.

Action

Make sure staff are aware of this guidance regarding priority of service criteria for Workforce Solutions Financial Aid

Questions

Staff should first ask questions of their managers or supervisors.  Direct questions to the Board staff through the electronic Issuance Q&A

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