If you are under 18 and do not have a high school diploma or GED, you probably have to go to school to get MFIP.
But, you don’t have to go to school if:
- You can’t get transportation
- You are ill or so seriously disabled that you can’t go to school
- You are needed at home because someone there is ill or disabled
- Your child is less than 6 weeks old
- It’s not safe you to go to school because of domestic violence
If you are under 18, the county must make an education plan for you. They must look at your education needs, skills, family issues, child care needs and work history to make the plan. You must follow the education plan, or you will be “sanctioned.”
Sanctioned means losing some of your MFIP money. You lose 10% of your MFIP the first month. Then you lose 30% the next month. Your benefits are 30% less every month until you fix the problem.
It is very important to get out of sanction as soon as possible. If you are in sanction for more than 6 months, you will get a 100% sanction. This means they close your MFIP cash and food support.
If you are 18 or 19 years old and do not have a high school education or GED, you can either go to school or do an Employment Plan. See our fact sheet MFIP Employment Plans.