Module #5

Special Work Incentives for Youth – the Student Earned Income Exclusion

This toolkit will help you understand the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program’s Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE). You can use this toolkit to help youth and their families understand that work and a paycheck earned by the SSI beneficiary will always result in more combined income (SSI + earnings) and can retain their full SSI payment plus their paycheck.

1. SSI’s Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) is available to any qualifying student, age 25 or under, who regularly attends school.
True | False
2. If a youth meets the age and regular school attendance requirements, he or she can earn up to $1,870 gross for any month of 2019 and all of their wages will be excluded and not counted by the SSI program.
True | False
3. The SEIE is available to youth who are home-schooled, by choice, in grades 7-12 so long as the home school instruction meets the home-school laws of the student’s state of residence and all other SEIE requirements are met.
True | False
4. A student who is attending courses of study through an online program is eligible for the SEIE only if the courses are offered through a college or university.
True | False
5. A youth will qualify for the SEIE during periods of summer employment if he or she regularly attended school before the summer break began and the youth tells the SSI program he or she intends to return to school when classes resume after the summer break.
True | False
6. The SEIE regularly attending school requirements can be met by attending a vocational training program if that program is designed to prepare a person for a job.
True | False