Adult Eligibility Requirements:

Staff will determine eligibility for all participants seeking Workforce Investment Act (W.I.A.) funded services pursuant to 20 C.F.R. Part 625 establish basic and specific program eligibility criteria.

Adults must meet eligibility requirements and any service priority criteria in effect for the Local Workforce Development Board (LWIB). Adults meeting basic eligibility requirements and Board priority of service criteria must then meet the additional requirements specific to WIOA adult services.

Participants must first meet basic WIOA eligibility requirements for WIOA-funded services. To be eligible to participate in WIOA title I services, adults must:


  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Be a citizen of, or non citizen authorized to work in, the U.S.;
  • Meet Military Selective Service registration requirements (males only); and
  • Be a Fulton County Resident;

Also, adults must meet a low-income requirement. A participant who meets any one of the following criteria satisfies the low-income requirement for WIOA adult services:

  • Receives or is a member of a family that receives cash payments under a federal, state, or local workforce development area (workforce area) income-based public assistance program;
  • Receives food stamp benefits or is a member of a family that receives food stamp benefits, or was determined eligible to receive food stamp benefits within the last 26 weeks;
  • Receives an income or is a member of a family receiving an income that, in relation to family size, is not in excess of the Lower Living Standard Income and poverty income guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services (See WIOA income inclusions and exclusions attached);
  • Is a homeless individual as defined in the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 103 (A) and (C);
  • Is a foster *youth for whom a court order exists and on behalf of whom the state or local government makes payments;
  • Is an individual with a disability whose own income meets the requirements, even if the individual’s family income does not meet the requirements.

*An individual who is under 22 years of age for whom the state or local government has been appointed managing conservator prior to his or her 18th birthday.

Note: WIOA provides specific eligibility consideration for participants with disabilities. If a participant with a disability proves to be ineligible because of family income, his or her income may be separated from the family’s income. For the purposes of income eligibility determination, the participant with a disability may be considered an unrelated individual who is a family unit of one, consistent with the definition of low-income individual in WIOA Section 101.

As specified in WIOA Section 101, documentation collected to verify eligibility for the individual with a disability category under economic eligibility and hard-to-serve criteria must be kept confidential and should not be used in making any decisions regarding referral to, or placement in, training or employment.   WIOA Section 101 requires that Boards avoid public disclosure of specific customer information that would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

If a participant wishes to declare a disability it is necessary to document that the individual has a disability. Detailed information about the disability is not necessary.

Note: Income Verification

Applicant Statements may be used to document family income when the information is unverifiable or it is unreasonably difficult for the applicant to obtain. When all practical attempts to secure the income verification have failed and an applicant statement is used, detailed documentation in the case file must include the number of attempts and types of attempts (i.e.: phone calls, written requests for information, etc.) completed by the career advisor. If using self-attestation, family composition must be verified.