What Is WIOA?

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act provides no-cost access to education, training, employment assistance, and support services to help job seekers become successful in the job market.

WIOA eligibility can help provide:

  • Job search assistance
  • Childcare assistance while in training (Link to Childcare Services)
  • Transportation assistance
  • Interview clothing and uniforms
  • Tools needed for your new job
  • Funding for basic skills and occupational training

Am I Eligible for WIOA?

Apply now to find out if you are eligible for assistance. Before you apply, please take a minute to apply with WorkInTexas.com

To understand the process of getting approved for training we HIGHLY recommend watching the WIOA Orientation video before submitting your application.

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Who Is Eligible for WIOA?

Low-income adults

You may qualify for Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’s Adult Services if you meet all of the following criteria*:

  • You are 18 years of age or older
  • You are a U.S. citizen or noncitizen authorized to work in the United States
  • If male, age 18 or over, you are registered with Selective Service
  • You are low income
  • And if you meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Receive or are a member of a family that receives (currently or in the past six months) one of the following:
      1. TANF, or
      2. SNAP, or
      3. SSI, or
      4. Other public assistance; or
  2. Foster child; or
  3. Homeless; or
  4. Receives or is eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch; or
  5. Deficient in basic skills

*Displaced workers may also qualify if they meet additional criteria.

Youth Eligibility

You may qualify for Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas’ Youth Services if you meet all of the following criteria*:

  • You are between the ages of 16 and 24
  • You are a U.S. citizen,
  • Registered with Selective Service (for males 18 and over)
  • You are low income

You meet one or more of these barriers:

  1.  Basic skills deficient
  2.  An English language learner
  3.  Offender
  4.  A homeless individual
  5.  An individual in foster care
  6.  Pregnant or parenting youth
  7.  An individual with a disability or
  8.  Require additional assistance to complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment

*Out-of-school youth may also qualify with additional criteria

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Family Size Maximum Family Income
1 $14,580
2 $19,720
3 $24,860
4 $30,296
5 $35,756
6 $41,819
7 $47,882
8 $53,945
9 $60,008
10 $66,071
>10 Add $6,063 for each person above 10

Source: Texas Workforce Commission