Student Earned Income Exclusion

If you are receiving SSI benefits and you are under age 22, and regularly attending school, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not count up to a certain amount of earned income (wages) per month while attending school and working. These are adjusted for future years based on the cost-of-living.

Monthly Gross Income
Monthly SEIE
SSI Countable Income

How It Works:
1. If you receive SSI and you start working, you must report your earnings to Social Security. You can do this by calling or visiting your local Social
2. Security Office and talking to an SSI Claims Representative at your local Social Security office.
3. If you meet the qualifications described above, ask the SSA Claims Representative if you are eligible for the Student Earned Income Exclusion.
4. If so, you can earn up to $_____ in a month and your SSI benefits will not be reduced. If your earnings for the year reach that year's limit; part of your earnings will then begin to affect your SSI benefits.
5. SSA also uses a countable income formula in calculating SSI checks. After the Student Earned Income Exclusion is deducted, SSA will also deduct a $20 General Income Exclusion and a $65 Earned Income Exclusion. Following these exclusions, they will count $1 for every $2 that you earn when they calculate the amount of your new SSI payment.

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