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Program Eligibility

The Migrant Program services are only provided to migrant students and parents who qualify for the program.

Migrant Education Region XVI - Harvests of Hope
  • The student or young adult must be under the age of 22 years old and not a high school graduate;
  • One or both of the parents, the student or the unaccompanied young adult experienced a change of residence within the last 36 months;
  • The student moved with his or her parents, joined his or her parents after a move, or preceded his or her parents prior to their move.
  • The move was to obtain temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture or fishing and working with the raw product;
  • The parents obtained work in agriculture or fishing soon after their move.

Identification and Recruitment Process

After the recruiter interviews and completes a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for the potential migrant parent or unaccompanied youth, the following steps are taken:

  1. The completed COE is submitted to the regional office for review, approval, and processing.
  2. The student and parent demographic and school related data is processed into the Migrant Student Information Network (MSIN).
  3. The recruiter receives confirmation that the student is eligible for migrant services.
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Note: The migrant student or migrant unaccompanied youth may re-qualify for the migrant program and renew the three year eligibility period any time after a qualifying move as long as the student meets the age requirement and has not graduated from high school.

You can find more information in our Identification and Recruitment Brochure.


Quality Control and Re-Interviews

The California Department of Education expects the Migrant Education regions to maintain a zero percent discrepancy rate. This regulation ensures that 100% of migrant students receiving a service in fact are migrant based on the eligibility criteria. The following steps are taken to ensure the integrity of the program:

Migrant Education Recruiters

  1. COEs that are submitted by recruiters but not approved in the review process are returned to the recruiter for further clarification.
  2. All COEs describing a move during a school break are automatically re-interviewed.
  3. A random 5% of COEs that are submitted in a month are selected for a re-interview.
  4. A re-interview is a process in which a regional reviewer will contact the family to verify the information on the COE.
  5. Families or unaccompanied youth found ineligible after a COE has been signed have the right to appeal their case to the region’s Identification and Recruitment Supervisor within 10 days of notification.

You can find more information in the California Identification & Recruitment Manual.