Student Accountability Initiatives: Upper Statutory Ages
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Student Accountability Initiatives: Upper Statutory Ages

These laws relate to the maximum age in which the state is obligated to pay for a student's education (these ages do not refer to special education students; however, for states with no upper statutory age laws, the upper statutory age for students with disabilities is given).

Why does it matter? Students who drop out or are otherwise disengaged from learning, but who later have a change of heart - benefit from being allowed to complete the coursework required from a diploma.

Highlights:



Upper statutory age
Alabama Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 21 years.
Alaska 20 years
Arizona 21 years
Arkansas 21 years
California 21 years
Colorado 21 years
Connecticut 21 years
Delaware 20 years
District of Columbia Adult students may receive educational services as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.
Florida Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 21 years.
Georgia 20 years
Hawaii Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 20.
Idaho 21 years
Illinois 20 years
Indiana 22 years
Iowa 21 years
Kansas No upper statutory age
Kentucky 21 years
Louisiana 21 years
Maine 20 years
Maryland 21 years
Massachusetts 21 years
Michigan 20 years
Minnesota 21 years
Mississippi 21 years
Missouri 21 years
Montana 19 years
Nebraska 21 years
Nevada 21 years
New Hampshire 21 years
New Jersey 20 years
New Mexico 21 years
New York 21 years
North Carolina 21 years
North Dakota 21 years
Ohio 21 years
Oklahoma 21 years
Oregon 21 years
Pennsylvania 21 years
Rhode Island Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 21 years.
South Carolina 21 years
South Dakota 21 years
Tennessee Local district determines eligibility.
Texas 26 years
Utah Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 22 years.
Vermont No upper statutory age
Virginia 20 years
Washington 21 years
West Virginia 21 years
Wisconsin 20 years
Wyoming 21 years
Puerto Rico Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 21 years.
Virgin Islands Not in statute; however, for students with disabilities, the upper statutory age is 21 years.


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