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Act 55 of 2022 - Student Enrollment Guidance

This webpage was updated on July 11, 2022.

The information that appears on this page is the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) interpretation of Act 55 of 2022.

On July 8, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 55 of 2022 (Act 55) into law. Act 55 permits a student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2021-22 school year and turned age 21 during the 2021-22 school year, or between the end of the 2021-22 and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year, to attend a school entity during the 2022-23 school year and receive services as outlined on their most recent Individualized Education Program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

This guidance provides school entities with a summary of considerations regarding families' decisions to remain an additional year for the 2022-23 school year. This guidance is not intended to provide legal advice - school entities should consult with their legal counsel.

Act 55 applies to students enrolled in any of the following school entities in Pennsylvania during the 2021-22 school year: a school district, intermediate unit, area career and technical school, charter school, cyber charter school, regional charter school, approved private schools, and chartered schools for the education of the deaf and blind.


Parents/guardians and students interested in the above option for the 2022-23 school year must submit the Act 55 of 2022 Student Enrollment Notification Form (PDF) to the school entity that the student will attend in the 2022-23 school year on or before August 1, 2022. Do not submit this form to PDE.

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Answers to FAQs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has prepared answers to questions in regard to Act 55 of 2022, which are available below.


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