An EU member is considered enrolled in an institution of higher education, regardless of the method of instruction:
EXAMPLE: Mr. C is enrolled in the American Broadcasting School full-time. This school does not require a GED or a high school diploma to enroll. Student must pass an exam similar to the SAT exam in order to enroll. The program is a 10 month online training program preparing students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The American Broadcasting School meets the definition of an institution of higher education. Mr. C must meet eligible student criteria to be considered eligible for Food Stamps.
NOTE: Students enrolled in on-campus classes, internet classes, CD-ROM, DVD, Hybrid classes, and other types of courses are considered enrolled in an institution of higher education if the courses meet one of the above criteria.
An EU member who is not enrolled in an institution of higher education at least half-time is not considered to be a student of higher education for the Food Stamp Program. The school must verify if the student is enrolled in courses that constitute at least half-time attendance.
EXCEPTIONS: EU members not considered as students in an institution of higher education include persons:
An EU member enrolled in an institution of higher education must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria in order to be an eligible student and included in the FS EU. The EU must meet all other Food Stamp eligibility requirements to be eligible for Food Stamp benefits.
NOTE: For students who are eligible based on participation in a state or federally financed work study program, eligibility begins the month in which the school term begins or the month work study is approved, whichever is later. It continues until the end of the month in which the school term ends, or it becomes known that the student has refused an assignment. Eligibility does not continue between terms when there is a break of a full month or longer unless the student is participating in work study during the break.
NOTE: Receiving money from WIA does not alone qualify an individual as an eligible student because WIA funding can cover so many issues.
The enrollment status of a student begins on the first day of the school term of the institution of higher education. If the student is planning on returning to college in the fall, s/he is still considered a student through summer vacation.
Student eligibility is entered on the Education/Student Information (FMAJ) screen. Follow instructions outlined in the Adding and Updating Education/Student Information and Education Detail user guide for completing fields on the Education/Student Information (FMAJ) and Education Detail (FMAI) screens.
A student enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education meeting the above criteria is exempt from work registration and 18 to 50-year-old ABAWD work requirements. The student remains exempt during normal periods of class attendance, vacation, and recess unless the student's eligibility is based on enrollment in work study.FAMIS enters the appropriate work assessment code for half time or full time students based on the information entered on the Education/Student Information (FMAJ) screen.
NOTE: For students who are eligible based on participation in a state or federally financed work study program, the student exemption begins the months in which the school term begins or the month work study is approved, whichever is later and continues until the end of the month in which the school term ends, or it becomes known that the student has refused an assignment. The exemption does not continue between terms when there is a break of a full month or longer unless the student is participating in work study during the break.
If the student graduates, is suspended or expelled, drops out, or does not intend to register for the next normal school term (excluding summer), the student is no longer exempt.
EUs with a student(s) in an institution of higher education must meet the eligibility requirements with the necessary verification and recording for citizenship, residency, EU determination, resources, and income.
The income and resources of an ineligible student in an institution of higher education living with an EU are not considered in determining the eligibility or level of benefits of the EU. Expenses paid from the ineligible student's income are not allowed as expenses and deductions for the remainder of the EU.
If an ineligible student and another EU member share an expense, prorate the expense and budget only the amount paid by the other DU member.
Enter both the income belonging to and expenses paid by the student on the appropriate screens. FAMIS determines whether or not the income and expenses are included based on the student eligibility.
An ineligible student's role on the EU Member Role (FM3Z) screen and EU Summary (FM0J) screen is IC (included) with a role reason STU (ineligible student).