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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 up count to $1,930 of earned income (wages) per month while attending school and working. The maximum yearly exclusion is $7,770. These amounts are for the year 2021; 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 WSC WIPA Benefits Planner 1-(855)-886-5123.

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