The sponsor's liability includes earned and unearned income for the sponsor and their spouse/civil union partner (if living together). Earned income is reduced by 20%, with a limit of $175. Deductions are made for:
- 3 times the payment level for the sponsor's family;
- amounts paid to persons outside the home the sponsor may claim as a dependent on federal taxes, such as a college student; and
- alimony or child support paid by the sponsor or their spouse/civil union partner (if living together).
If the sponsor is sponsoring more than one noncitizen, divide the available amount between the sponsored noncitizens who are applying for or receiving assistance.