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AEP Questions and Answers

This is a collection of questions that are most frequently asked of the AEP Office. They are organized by topic area and will be updated as needed.

Age & Limits

The CDE is conducting an education code review - and once they verify which education code is still valid for adult school enrollment expectations- the AEP office will release it through the program guidance. Until then, the 18 years old is the only requirement right now on the K12 side. Community College education code allows for schools to go to their local board and ask for approval on a case by case basis for exceptions to the age requirement.

Yes a teen mom is considered emancipated and can attend an adult school. Be advised that all special accommodation and services must be available for these students. You should consult your legal office for extenuating circumstances that go beyond Education Code and into health and safety regulations.

The emancipation statute does treat an emancipated minor as an adult for the purpose of his or her capacity to enroll in a school or college. However, this does not make them an adult for purposes of the Adult Education Program, which is limited to those 18 years and older by its express terms. Further, an emancipated minor is still subject to compulsory education laws until the age of 18, or until they meet other specified criteria, the same as any other person in California. The argument to the contrary is confusing capacity to enroll in a school (which an emancipated minor needs in order to attend school), and being treated as an adult in an adult education program.

The guidance has not changed. CAEP funds may not be used for any student under the age of 18. They may be served in the adult education program but the district must support the student using other funding sources.