The sponsor's liability includes earned and unearned income for the sponsor and their spouse (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 (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.