The child must be either
- under 18, or
- 18 and attending secondary school (or equivalent) full-time with a reasonable expectation of graduating by her or his 19th birthday. 106 C.M.R. §§ 703.220-703.230; DTA Online Guide (Assessed Person Potential Changes Views).
Some children must meet Learnfare rules and DTA says children 16 or 17 must be in school full-time or register for the Pathways to Work Program. See What are the school requirements for children (“Learnfare”)? and How do you verify school attendance and which absences are excused? Some of these rules were suspended during the pandemic.
- If your child cannot graduate by age 19 because of a disability, ask for a reasonable accommodation. See What if a disability makes it hard for you to meet DTA rules or use DTA services?
- A child age 18 who has finished high school but is taking an MCAS remedial course is eligible until the child turns 19, takes the MCAS retest, or six months after finishing high school course work (whichever is soonest). See DTA Transitions, July 2004, p. 3.