FAA3.D Nonfinancial Eligibility Factors : 05 CA Student Criteria
CA Student Criteria
Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
An 18-year-old who meets the full-time student criteria and the Date of Graduation requirement is considered a dependent child for CA.
The CA student and their caretaker relative(g) are potentially eligible for CA. The full-time student, who is expected to graduate from high school before their 19th birthday, remains potentially eligible for CA as a dependent child when deprived of parental care or support.
Full-time Students
An 18-year-old is considered a dependent child for CA when they meet all of the following criteria:
They are a full-time student.
They are expected to complete their course of study before or during the month they turn 19. (See Date of Graduation)
To be considered a full-time student they must be attending either high school, or the equivalent level of a trade or technical school. Consider all of the following:
Full-time high school attendance is defined by the school the student is attending.
Full-time trade or technical school attendance is defined as one of the following:
30 hours per week including shop practice
25 hours per week without shop practice
A dependent child who is otherwise eligible may attend school or participate in JOB Corps out of state and remain eligible for CA when the caretaker relative with whom the child lived in Arizona, retains Arizona residency.
Date of Graduation
The 18-year-old student's CA eligibility ends the first day of the month following the month student status ends.
The date of graduation is defined as the date of the last scheduled class. This is not the date of the graduation ceremony. The student is considered enrolled and attending full time during vacations and semester breaks when the student meets all of the following criteria:
Intends to return to school full time following the end of summer vacation or a semester break
Has not graduated or dropped out of school
Has not been suspended or expelled
A dependent child who receives SSI and is a student, allows the caretaker relative to remain eligible for CA until the child reaches the age of 19.
The participant has the primary responsibility for providing verification. (See Participant Responsibilities – Providing Verification for additional policy.)
Sources of verification for full-time student status and date of completion include, and are not limited to, all of the following:
Collateral contact with the school
Verification of School Attendance form (FAA-0075A)
Participant's statement, when documented or collateral contact verification is not available (See Verification process)
Any of the following sources can be requested and used to verify school attendance:
Correspondence from the school
Registration form
School records or the school’s official statement
Home teaching affidavit filed with the county
Current report card
Scholarship boards/records
Participant's statement (allowed as a last resort)
Legal Authorities
last revised 09/26/2022