Who qualifies for the Migrant Education Program?
To qualify for the migrant education program, a migrant child (age 3 to 21 who has not yet graduated from high school nor obtained a GED) must have moved within the past thirty-six months across school district lines with a parent, guardian, spouse, or a member of the child's immediate family to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in qualifying agricultural or fishing work. A self-eligible youth is a qualifying worker under the age of 22 traveling on his/her own or with a group of workers/crew leader. The youth is under the control of a parent or guardian during the regular school year. Furthermore, youth is not solely responsible for his/her welfare. Besides, an emancipated youth is a qualifying worker under the age of 22 traveling on his/her own and is no longer under the control of a parent or guardian and he/she is solely responsible for his/her welfare.
A “migrant child” remains eligible for three years after his/her family’s last qualifying arrival date.