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Considerations for Youth

  • If an SSI recipient is under age 22 and regularly attends school, they can use the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) work incentive.
  • With the SEIE, the SSI program will not count up to $2,290 of gross earned income per month (up to a maximum of $9,230 per year) when calculating the monthly payment amount. These 2024 figures are adjusted each year based on the cost of living.
  • There are special rules about regularly attending school, but they can be very flexible.
  • The SEIE helps students stay in school or return to school.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) requires special documentation to use the SEIE.