Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
Wisconsin Works (W-2) Manual
18.104.22.168 JAL Eligibility for Minor Custodial Parents
22.214.171.124 JAL Eligibility for Noncustodial Parents
In order to be determined potentially eligible for a JALJob Access Loan, an individual must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a Custodial Parent (CP) With respect to a dependent child, a parent (see definition of parent) who resides with that child and, if there has been a determination of legal custody with respect to the dependent child, has legal custody of that child (See 2.3.1 for adult CPs or 126.96.36.199 for minor CPs) or
2. Be a NCPNoncustodial Parent; (See 188.8.131.52)
3. Meet all other W-2Wisconsin Works non-financial and financial eligibility criteria as defined in W-2 Manual Chapters 2 and 3;
4. Need the loan to address an immediate and discrete financial crisis that is not the result of the individual’s failure to accept a bona fide offer of employment or the individual’s termination of a job without good cause. The individual must be either:
Employed and need the loan to continue employment; or
Have a bona fide job offer and need the loan to obtain employment;
5. Not be in default in the repayment of any current JAL or cash assistance overpayment recoupment;
6. Not be a migrant worker; and
7. Have an acceptable repayment plan as defined below:
The W-2 agency has completed a budget with the applicant which demonstrates the applicant’s ability to repay the loan in cash within the agreed upon repayment timeframe making regular monthly payments.
The W-2 agency works with the applicant to develop an agreed upon repayment plan which may include in-kind community service work. At least 25% of the loan must be repaid in cash.
The initial repayment period may be up to 12 months and may be extended to 24 months at the time of repayment renegotiation.
No outstanding balance due can exceed $1,600 in any 12 month period for any one loan recipient.
JAL applicants meeting these eligibility criteria are not entitled to a loan, but may be approved for a loan as long as funding is available.
If the JALJob Access Loan applicant is a minor custodial parent, the minor parent must:
1. Turn 18 years of age within two months of applying for the JAL;
2. Live in one of the following supervised, alternative living arrangements:
a. Kinship care;
b. Foster home;
c. Group home; or
d. An adult supervised independent living arrangement approved by the W-2 agency; and
3. Have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
In order for a NCPNoncustodial Parent of a dependent child to be eligible for a JALJob Access Loan , the NCP must be subject to a child support order and the custodial parent of the dependent child must be:
1. In a W-2 placement (paid or unpaid);
2. Receiving Wisconsin Shares child care assistance; or
3. Receiving FoodShare
This page last updated in Release # 14-02
Release Date: 07/16/14
Effective Date: 07/16/14