Determine if the postsecondary work requirement must be met.
- The client does not have to meet the postsecondary work requirement during the first semester they attend full-time, while they establish their GPA.
- If the client's GPA is less than 2.5 on a 4-point scale after the first semester, during the next semester they must meet the postsecondary work requirement.
- If the client's cumulative GPA is at least 2.5 after the first (or any later) semester, they do not have to meet the work requirement the next semester. If their cumulative GPA then falls below 2.5, they have one additional semester without the work
requirement in which to bring it back up.
- If the client attends college less than full-time, they must meet the postsecondary work requirement.
To meet the postsecondary work requirement, the client must:
- work or participate in paid or unpaid work-study, a clinical, practicum, vocational internship (such as student teaching, if required by the institution), apprenticeship, self-employment, Americorps VISTA, or Job Corps, at least 20 hours per week;
- the combined hours of work plus credit hours equal at least 25 hours per week.
NOTE: Total participation hours must equal at least 30 hours per week. Adding study hours to the work and credit hours usually provides enough hours.
Clients who lose employment can continue in Postsecondary Education and receive supportive services, if eligible, during the current semester while they seek employment. If the client is not working the required number of hours per week by the end of
the current semester, the client may not continue in Postsecondary Education and receive supportive services. Reassign the client to another appropriate activity if they no longer meet the work requirement.