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17.2.1  Eligibility Criteria  JAL Eligibility for Minor Custodial Parents  JAL Eligibility for Noncustodial Parents


In order to be determined potentially eligible for a JAL, an individual must meet the following criteria:

1.             Be a Custodial Parent (CP) (See 2.3.1 for adult CPs or for minor CPs) or

2.             Be a NCP; (See

3.             Meet all other W-2 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:

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:

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. JAL Eligibility for Minor Custodial Parents

If the JAL 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. JAL Eligibility for Noncustodial Parents

In order for a NCP of a dependent child to be eligible for a JAL, 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




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Release Date:  07/16/14
Effective Date:  07/16/14