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You've got questions.
We've got answers.

From understanding the rules on center to navigating life after Job Corps, we’re here to help. These are a few of the most common questions we receive from students.

Job Corps 101

What is Job Corps?

Job Corps provides free career training and education for 16- through 24-year-olds. We have over 120 campuses across the U.S. where students gain the experience needed to begin a career or apprenticeship, advance to higher education, or join the military. The best part? It’s free.

Who is eligible for Job Corps?

Low-income 16- through 24-year-olds who are U.S. citizens, legal U.S. residents, or residents of a U.S. territory, and/or individuals who are authorized to work in the United States.


You may NOT be eligible for Job Corps if you:

  • Use drugs illegally under federal law
  • Exhibit behavioral problems that could prevent you or others from success in Job Corps
  • Have certain criminal convictions or require court supervision

Get the inside scoop on Job Corps Eligibility or or speak to an Admissions Services staff member. 

How do you join Job Corps?

The first step in enrolling at Job Corps begins by filling out the MyJobCorps Express Interest Tool or speaking to an Admissions Services staff member by calling (800) 733-JOBS or (800) 733-5627 today! Learn more about the enrollment process.

How much does Job Corps cost?

Job Corps is fully funded by the federal government, which means it’s always FREE for students.

How long does it take to finish Job Corps?

The length of training is dependent on the type of training, the student’s learning pace and whether the student pursues additional Advanced Training opportunities. Job Corps students can be in training anywhere between eight months and three years.

Where is Job Corps located?

Job Corps has more than 120 campuses across the United States and Puerto Rico. Chances are, there’s one near you. Find the closest campus to you.

Can I choose what center I attend?

Job Corps students typically go to a campus near where they live. Your Admissions Services staff member will work with you to determine which center is the best fit for you based on a few factors, including your location and career interest.

Do I get paid while I am at Job Corps?

Throughout your training, you will receive a biweekly basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase. After you graduate, Job Corps can help you get started on your journey with a transition allowance. This allowance is based on your academic and career technical training achievement while in Job Corps.

Training and Learning at Job Corps

What kind of training is available at Job Corps?

With 10 industries to pick from and countless careers to explore, Job Corps has an opportunity for anyone ready to work hard and grow. See which career paths are a great fit for YOU by taking this quiz or by exploring the possibilities available to you.

What else does Job Corps have to offer?

In addition to career training, Job Corps can also help you earn your high school diploma or the equivalent and a driver's license. Job Corps will also provide in-depth career planning, on-the-job training, job placement assistance, housing, food, health and dental care, a biweekly basic living allowance, and basic uniforms and equipment for your career training. All for FREE. Learn more about Job Corps’ benefits.

Does Job Corps offer virtual enrollment?

No, Job Corps does not offer virtual enrollment. We provide free career training and education for students, and most job training skills just can't be taught online. 

Is extra help available to me for reading or math?

Yes. We have academic tutors prepared to provide you with the extra help you need in reading or math. Just ask!

Is there homework?

Yes. Your instructors will assign independent study assignments as necessary to enhance your learning.

Are grades given out?

No. Job Corps does not assign grades. Instead, it allows students to demonstrate their skill (competency) in a given subject area or training area. Instructors will mark the completion of training on your Training and Achievement Record (TAR).

If I am under 18, must another person be involved in my education?

Yes. We require that someone (preferably a parent, guardian, foster parent, mentor or associate who is interested in your success) meet with an Admissions Services staff member prior to enrollment. This same person must visit and meet with your career counselors monthly for the first four months of your enrollment.

Center Life

Do I live on campus?

If you choose to attend a residential Job Corps center, you will be expected to live on campus. But there are some nonresidential centers and options. Check out the living options available to you.

Can I attend Job Corps if I have a child?

We do ask our Job Corps students with children to find child care before they begin their training. An Admissions Services staff member will be able to talk with you about your options.

Who do I live with?

Most centers offer separate male and female dorms. Depending on the center, you can have anywhere from one to eight roommates. Job Corps values diversity and will provide you with opportunities to live and interact with people of many different backgrounds.

Can I leave my Job Corps campus?

Absolutely! Your Job Corps center will provide your transportation to and from home for your initial trip to the center, during the winter and summer breaks, and your return trip home when you leave the program. Any other trips off campus must be arranged and paid for by the student.

Is there security on campus?

Yes, there is 24/7 security available at all Job Corps campuses.

What if I don’t like Job Corps?

If you’re not happy at Job Corps, no one will force you to stay at the center. We encourage you to speak to your center staff first so that they can help you navigate next steps.

Center Standards

DO follow the practices put in place at your center.

Each Job Corps center has its own set of rules designed foremost to ensure your safety and to help eliminate distractions so you can succeed in academics and training. All centers have a Zero Tolerance Policy for drugs and alcohol.

DO bring clothes. DON’T bring expensive items.

Students are expected to bring their everyday clothes, personal care and grooming items. Students should not bring expensive video and audio equipment, computers, and similar items. Learn more about what to bring to center.


At most centers, you are responsible for providing your own everyday clothes. Many centers require students to wear uniforms during the training day. If that applies to you, your uniform will be provided by your center.

DO invite your family to visit you.

Your parents or guardians are invited to visit you at the center. Please have them contact your center in advance of their visit.

Graduation and Beyond

What happens after I graduate from Job Corps?

Even before graduation, Job Corps staff will assist you in conducting a job search. They can also help direct you to the health care, housing, legal assistance and child care you'll need after you graduate. For six months after graduation, a Job Corps career transition specialist will keep in touch with you to make sure things are going well in your new career.

What if I want to pursue college after I graduate from Job Corps?

Most Job Corps centers have agreements with community colleges or related institutions to teach career area courses or to have individual students take courses to gain college credit. Job Corps can work with students to help them transfer into college programs when applicable.

What if I want to join the military after I graduate from Job Corps?

All Job Corps centers will support students who want to get connected to military recruiters. Some campuses even offer military preparation programs. An Admissions Services staff member will be able to help talk through your options.

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