Qualifying Income Levels for 2011-2012

To determine if you qualify for SSS under income criteria, please refer to the chart below.

1. What is the size of your family? If you are an independent student, count yourself plus your dependents (spouse, children, etc.). If you are a dependent student, count yourself, plus your parents and siblings who are still living at home. If you are not sure whether you are independent/dependent, please read the definition at the bottom of the page.

2. What is your state of residence? Refer to the appropriate column to determine income levels for your size of family.

3. The figures cited below are taxable income levels. These figures correspond to your 2010 1040 (income tax long form) where it states taxable income (after all deductions have been taken). If your family's income is at or below the figures cited for your size of family, you qualify for SSS under income. If your family's income is above these figures, you do not qualify for SSS under income. (Dependent students: you must use your parent(s) income levels to determine your SSS eligibility.)

Federal TRIO Programs 2011 Annual Low Income Levels http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html

(Effective January 2011 Until Further Notice)

Income Levels
Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $16,335
$20,400 $18,810
2 $22,065 $27,570 $25,395
3 $27,795 $34,740 $31,980
4 $33,525 $41,910 $38,565
5 $39,255 $49,080 $45,150
6 $44,985 $56,250 $51,735
7 $50,715 $63,420 $58,320
8 $56,445 $70,590 $64,905


For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $5,730 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,170 for Alaska; and $6,585 for Hawaii. The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount. The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 13, January 20, 2011, pp. 3637-3638.

Definition of an independent student (one of the following criteria must be met):

• You are at least 24 years of age before January 1 of the academic year for which you are applying (2011),

• You are an orphan or ward of the court,

• You have a child/children for whom you provide more than half their financial support,

• You are a married student,

• You are currently serving in the Armed Forces (other than for training purposes)

• You are a veteran of the armed forces,

• You are a graduate student, or

• You have a legal dependent other than a spouse or child.

• You are an emancipated minor determined by a court in your legal state of residence

• You were determined to be (at any time after January 2010) homeless or self-supporting and determined to be at risk of being homeless.

If you do NOT meet any of the above, you are considered a dependent student and must use your parent(s) income to determine SSS eligibility.