Are degree programs eligible to be listed on the ETPL? Can Local Workforce Development Areas pay for the entire cost of a bachelor’s degree?
Yes, training programs that result in an associate or bachelor’s degree may be listed on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) as both types of degrees are federally recognized credentials. The WIOA Title I-B ETPL Policy gives priority consideration to programs that result in recognized credentials.
However, in addition to the program resulting in a federally recognized credential, the training program will be evaluated to ensure it meets state and local ETPL requirements, including the program being related to an in-demand industry sector or occupation in Arizona of Local Workforce Development Area, and that the program meets minimum performance standards.
It is unlikely that a Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) would pay for the entire cost of a bachelor’s degree program due to the availability of funds and local policies that limit the maximum amount of an individual training account (ITA). An individual may select a training program from the ETPL that costs more than the maximum ITA when other sources of funding are available. Per Section 503.01 of the Training Services Policy, it is the responsibility of the LWDB service provider to coordinate funding arrangements and co-enrollments with One-Stop partners and other entities. Alternative sources of funding may be available including, but not limited to:
- State-funded training;
- Trade Adjustment Assistance;
- Rehabilitation Act funds;
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
- Federal Pell Grants funds; or
- Other federal grant funds.
Further detailed ETPL requirements, roles, and responsibilities can be located in the WIOA Title I-B ETPL Policy.