Supplemental Social Security

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who are: under the age of 22 and neither married nor the head of a household are eligible for the student earned income exclusion. This excludes them from countable earned income of $1,290 per month and up to $5,200 per year (amounts as of January 1, 2001). This may be combined with existing SSI work incentives and other "income disregard" rules.

In addition, any portion of the Education Award that is used for paying tuition, fees, or other necessary education expenses is excluded from countable income for SSI recipients. This exclusion does not cover amounts used or set aside for room and board or to repay qualified student loans. Any portion of the Education Award that is not used for tuition, fees, or other necessary educational expenses counts as income in the month that it is used.

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