The 13-week-duration requirement is met if the course lasts for 13 weeks, including
the beginning and ending weeks of the course.
EXAMPLE 1: A course which begins on Tuesday, September 20, and ends on Wednesday, December 13,
is a course of 13 weeks, even though the beginning and ending weeks are not full calendar
A student attending a course of at least 13 weeks' duration, who subsequently drops
out or is dropped before completing the 13 weeks, can be entitled for the months he/she
was in FTA.
EXAMPLE 2: John is in FTA at the local public high school in September through December and
drops out of school in December. Since the course he is attending is at least 13 weeks’
duration, he can be entitled for September through December even though he did not
attend for the entire duration of the course.
Since some General Education Development (GED) courses are of indefinite length, use
the actual time in FTA to determine whether the duration requirement is met. The student
must be in FTA for at least 13 consecutive weeks. (See RS 00205.340C.2.)