MEP Student Eligibility 2017-03-30T21:18:00+00:00

Student Eligibility

To qualify for the Migrant Education Program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Is between 3 and 21 years old and has not graduated from high school; and
  • Is a migratory agricultural worker or fisher, or has a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory agricultural worker or fisher; and
  • Has moved within the preceding 36 months (from one school district to another) in order to obtain or accompany a parent, spouse or guardian who moved to obtain, temporary or seasonal work in agriculture, poultry, dairy, food processing or fishing.    

Eligibility STAMP

☐ SCHOOL COMPLETION

The child is eligible for a free public education under State law.

☐TIME OF THE MOVE

The move occurred within the past 36 months.

☐AGE

The child is younger than age 22.

☐MOVE

  • The child moved on his or her own as a migratory agricultural worker/migratory fisher OR the child moved with or to join a parent, spouse, or guardian who is a migratory agricultural worker/migratory fisher.
  • The move was from one school district to another.
  • The move was a change from one residence to another residence.
  • The move was due to economic necessity.
  • The move occurred within the past 36 months.

☐ PURPOSE FOR THE MOVE

One purpose of the worker’s move was to seek or obtain qualifying work.

  • The worker moved to obtain qualifying work and obtained it, OR  
  • The worker moved to obtain any work and obtained qualifying work soon after the move, OR  
  • The worker moved for qualifying work specifically, but did not obtain the work, AND  
  • The worker has a prior history of moves to obtain qualifying work, OR  
  • There is other credible evidence that the worker actively sought qualifying work soon after the move.

WHAT IS QUALIFYING WORK?

  • The employment is seasonal or temporary, AND
  • The work is agricultural or fishing.
  • “Agricultural work” is:  1. the production or initial processing of crops, dairy products, poultry or livestock; as well as   the cultivation or harvesting of trees.