Students must meet income eligibility, one or more of the following eligibility criteria, and be enrolled in an eligible program of study.

  • Received or exhausted unemployment compensation within the last 48 months
  • Honorably discharged veteran separated from service within the last 48 months

Self Employed

Individual (farmer, rancher, etc.) who is currently unemployed as a result of general economic conditions in the community in which the individual resides within the last 48 months.

Displaced Homemaker

For individual who has been providing unpaid services to a family member(s) in the home within the past 60 months (24 month extension may be given for domestic violence) and who has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income; due to spousal or partner loss of income, divorce or separation and has not been gainfully employed since.

Vulnerable Worker

An individual who is currently employed and requires retaining. Individuals must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Individual is employed in an occupation that is listed as “not in demand” on the regions Demand-Decline List
  • Individual has not reached the “tipping point” defined as one year (45 credits) AND a certificate or degree related to their college course work
  • Individuals unable to meet new skill standards of current employment without retraining

Stop Gap Employment

Stop-gap employment is work an individual accepts only because they have been laid off of work or otherwise terminated from Employment due to no fault of their own, from the customary work for which their training, experience or work history qualifies them. Stop-gap employment must be temporary in nature or employment that falls below the self-sufficiency needs of the individual. A loss of income due to a reduction in hours through the loss of job related responsibilities may also be considered Stop Gap Employment as well as temporary positions. This event must have occurred within the past five years.

Please call for other qualifying criteria.