Going to School When You Have Reach Up
You might be able to go to school – to graduate from high school or get your GED – and be on Reach Up. This school work might count toward your work requirement. If you want to go to school, you should talk to your Reach Up worker about it right away. If you start too late, you might not be able to finish the school program.
If you are getting a GED, you probably will have to work part-time along with taking the GED classes.
Some people can do a one-year vocational (job training) program. To get in the vocational program, you have to be:
- under age 20 or
- working at a low-wage job or
- unable to do the job you used to do
If you are over 20, some school counts as your work requirement, but most school doesn't.
College never counts toward your Reach Up work requirement, but there is a separate program that will help support your family while you go to college. That program is called the Post Secondary Education program (PSE). The PSE program is not part of Reach Up, but your worker can help you apply.
The PSE program gives you money to live on while you are in college. It doesn't pay for school costs like tuition and books. You will need to apply for financial aid to pay for college.