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Student Status and Educational Income






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Legal Reference: 1240-1-2-.02-(3)-4

(a)   Determine if the individual meets the student definition.


        Is he/she at least age 18 but under age 50?

        Is he/she physically and mentally fit?

        Is he/she enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education?


If the person does not meet all of these criteria, do not consider him/her to be a student and treat the individual like any other household member when determining his/her eligibility.


(b)   Verify school enrollment.


This must be done through the appropriate school office.Be sure to verify full time or part time status.(Refer to Acceptable Forms of Verification.)


(c)    Verify a claim of mental or physical disability if the disability is not obvious.If the person is not mentally or physically fit, he/she does meet the student definition and is treated like any other household member when determining his/her food stamp eligibility.(Refer to Acceptable Forms of Verification.)


(d)   Determine if the student meets any one of the student eligibility criteria.If the student meets at least one of the eligibility criteria, include the person as a household member.


(e)   Exempt an eligible student from work registration requirements.


(f)     If the individual meets the student definition, but does not meet at least one of the eligibility criteria, he/she is an ineligible student.Treat the student as a non-household member.


1.      Income and Resources


Do not count either income or resources of an ineligible student when computing household income or resources.Consider only cash payments, given to the household by the student, as income available to the household.


2.      Standard Utility Allowance


When a food stamp household has responsibility for paying all or a portion of the utility expenses, and it is entitled to and chooses the Standard Utility Allowance (SUA), allow the HH the SUA based on the number of eligible household members. Do not include an ineligible student in the SUA.


3.      Other Shelter Expenses


When the ineligible student has responsibility for the shelter expenses and the eligible household members do not contribute toward the expenses, do not allow the household a shelter expense.


When the deductible expenses are shared by the ineligible student and the eligible household members, count only the amount actually paid or contributed by the eligible member as a household expense.


Prorate the expenses evenly among the persons actually paying or contributing to the expense when the payments or contributions cannot be differentiated.Deduct only the eligible household membersí pro rata share.


Glossary of Terms


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