Applicants must be between the age of 16 and 24 to be eligible for Job Corps, though the upper age limit may be waived if the person has a disability. Applicants under the age of 18 must have signed written consent from their parent or guardian. They must also be a legal resident of the United States or a territory, a lawfully admitted permanent resident alien or have legal authorization to work in the United States. Applicants must also meet low-income criteria, which may vary depending on where they live. They may need to demonstrate that they have a need for further education or technical training in order to support themselves.
Applicants who have dependent children of their own also need a child care plan in place. The use of illegal drugs, a need for court supervision, outstanding court fines or serious behavioral problems may also disqualify a prospective applicant.
Job Corps is particularly tailored to youth in vulnerable situations such as runaways, school dropouts and those who are homeless. People in these groups are encouraged to apply.Learn more about Applying & Interviewing