Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE)
If you are receiving SSI benefits and you are under age 22, and regularly attending school, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not count up to $1,790 of earned income (wages) per month while attending school and working. The maximum yearly exclusion is $7,200. These amounts are for the year 2017; they will be adjusted for future years based on the cost-of-living. SSA's definition of "regularly attending school" is:
- You take one or more courses of study and attend classes;
- In a college or university for at least 8 hours a week; or
- In grades 7-12 for at least 12 hours a week; or
- In a training course to prepare for employment for at least 12 hours a week (15 hours a week if the course involves shop practice), or
- For less time indicated above for reasons beyond the student's control, such as ill- ness. Note: if you are home schooled because of a disability, you may be considered regularly attending school by:
- Studying a course or courses given by a school (grades 7-12), college, university or government agency; or
- Having a home visitor or tutor who directs the study.
SSA applies the student earned income exclusion before the general income exclusion or the earned income exclusion.
For a complete explanation go to SSA Online and view the Redbook section or contact your local LABPS Benefits Planner 1-(855)-886-5123.