Single Stop and the College Student: What resources can we assist with

 

Hey Students! There are some special rules for college students when they access public benefits. The following blog post provides information on six types of resources that you could potentially be eligible to receive.

Food Benefits

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES (FNS)

Students who are on a meal plan that covers half or more of their meals are not eligible for FNS. Other students between 18 and 49 who are enrolled at least half-time (as defined by the institution) and are physically and mentally fit must meet one of the qualifications below to be eligible. Note that student status is retained for college students during normal school recesses until there is break in enrollment status. The student eligibility requirements include:
• Working an average of 20 hours per week (or 80 hours per month)
• Participating in a state- or federally-financed work study program during the regular school year
• Caring for a dependent household member under the age of 6
• Caring for a dependent household member ages 6-11 and lacking adequate child care to attend school and work 20 hours per week or participate in work study
• Being a single parent caring for a dependent household member under age 12 and being a full-time student
• Receiving Work First Family Assistance
• Being assigned to or placed in college as part of certain government programs including Workforce Investment Act, the FNS Employment & Training program or a government-sponsored employment and training program for low-income households equivalent to an employment and training component, the Trade Act, Work First Employment Services, and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
• Participating in an on-the-job training program.

These 18-to-49-year-old students are exempt from the work requirements for FNS. People who are under 16, 60 or older, or 16 or 17 and not the head of household are also always exempt. However, 16- and 17-year-old students who are the head of household and students 50-59 must be attending school or an employment training program at least half-time to be exempt. Educational assistance used for living expenses such as room and board is counted as unearned income. Other educational assistance used for tuition is not counted,.

WIC

There are no special rules for college students. They must also go to a WIC Center to be screened for eligibility and cannot have it done at their campus health clinic.

Educational assistance used for expenses related to cost of attendance are excluded from income, but assistance used for room and board and dependent care expenses is included.

Cash Benefits

WORK FIRST FAMILY ASSISTANCE 

Most educational assistance is not counted as income; however scholarships offered by civic groups or the institution and sports scholarships are counted. Learn more at http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals/dss/csm-95/man/WF114-02.htm#P126_8506.

Post-secondary education is considered at state work activity for the Work Requirements. Typically, state work activities supplement federal work activities in an employment plan, but counties have great flexibility to combine state and federal work activities to meet the required hours.

Recipients will have their 24-month time limit waived for up to 36 months when participating in post-secondary education with at least a 2.5 grade point average or its equivalent. This does not affect the 60-month time limit or counting toward the Work Participation Rate.

Housing

Many college students under the age of 24 are restricted from applying for Section 8 housing, but college students are generally able to apply for other available housing resources. Younger college students may benefit from referrals to youth shelters where available.

Tax Credits

ALL CREDITS

One way for a person to be considered a tax dependent is if they are a “qualifying child.”The age requirement for those dependents increases from under 19 to under 24 for full-time students.

CHILD TAX CREDIT (CTC)

There are no special CTC rules for college students. If a college student meets all of the requirements, s/he may claim the credit.

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)

For the purposes of the EITC, qualifying children include children who are younger than the head of household (or spouse) that are under age 19 OR under age 24 and a full-time student.

EDUCATION TAX CREDITS

Only students and those who claim students as tax dependents are eligible to claim educational tax credits. For the American Opportunity Tax Credit, students must be enrolled in a program pursuing a degree or another recognized credential, and must be enrolled at least half-time.

The credit may only be claimed for the first four years of post-secondary education. For the Lifetime Learning Credit, students do not need to be pursuing a degree or another recognized credential, and can be enrolled in one
or more classes. The credit may be claimed for all years of post-secondary education and for courses that are designed to help students acquire or improve job skills.

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Financial Aid

PELL GRANTS

Pell Grants may be awarded to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or professional degree, and some students enrolled in post-baccalaureate teacher certificate programs. Students may only receive Pell for a lifetime total of 12 semesters.

Health Insurance

MEDICAID FOR ADULTS UNDER 65 AND CHILDREN/NC HEALTH CHOICE

Scholarships, awards, or fellowship grants used for education purposes and not for living expenses are not included in the income calculation.

MEDICAID FOR AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED INDIVIDUALS
Grants, scholarships, and fellowships that is not used to pay current tuition or other educational expense but will be at a future date is excluded from resources for 9 months after receipt. All financial assistance received by undergraduate/graduate students for educational purposes made under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) student assistance programs is excluded from income and resources regardless of use.

SUBSIDIZED QUALIFIED HEALTH PLAN (SQHP)

Scholarships, awards, or fellowship grants used for education purposes and not for living expenses are not included in the income calculation. College students may choose to purchase a subsidized qualified health plan even if they have access to a student health plan.

Utility Assistance

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Countable income for LIEAP does not include educational assistance used for tuition, mandatory fees, materials and supplies related to the course of study, books, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses including, but not limited to, professional membership dues, journal subscriptions, meals for commuting students, and clothing. Educational assistance used for room and board expenses IS counted.

For more information about how to enroll into these above resources, email us at singlestop@waketech.edu.

 

New Week, Same Goals

Hey Students,

We are almost through the month of January! It just seems like yesterday we were welcoming you back into classes. We wanted to take some time to reflect on this past month and inform you about some exciting things we have coming in February.

January is National Mentoring Month and we were able to learn more about how Pathways Male Mentoring Services provides information and resources to you all as students. William Kincy, the Pathways Program Coordinator, is an excellent resource and a great ally to have as you continue your journey towards academic success.

We learned some vital information about tips for being successful from Scott Holloway, one of the Student Success Coaches here at Wake Tech. These “Motivational Monday” are to serve you as food for thought and inspiration to continue toward your goals here at Wake Tech.

February 1st will be the grand opening of the Single Stop Tax Site. All Students will be able to have their taxes prepared for FREE. To be eligible, your annual salary must be $60,000 or less. Things to bring with you for tax preparation:
• Proof of Identification
• SS Cards ( ITIN may be substituted)
• Wage and earning statements from all employers
• All 1099 and 1095 forms
• Proof of routing and account numbers
• If married and filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign
• Total paid for daycare provider and their tax identification number
• Copies of income transcripts
Remember to connect with us on Twitter and Instagram @wtccsinglestop and join our remind class to get information sent directly to your phone.

Keep soaring and remember that Single Stop is here to assist you in your ascension to success.

Program Spotlight: Pathways Male Mentoring Services

 

Beginning with the 2016-17 academic year, the NC Community College System (NCCCS) redesigned the Minority Male Mentoring Program to more closely align with student success initiatives currently taking place throughout the system.  This new model is designed to strengthen minority male student outcomes by encouraging participation and collaboration among students and college departments. The goal of the NCCCS’s redesign—the Minority Male Success Initiative (MMSI)—is to address and increase the progression and completion rates of first-year minority male students. More specifically, this initiative seeks to address the progression of first-year minority male students, while increasing their utilization of campus resources and services.

The mission of Pathways Male Mentoring Services at Wake Technical Community College is to increase the academic engagement and success rates of the first-year Minority Male student at Wake Tech. We plan to offer our services through campus collaborations, partnerships, and initiatives that contribute to retention, and ultimately, lead to graduation.

In line with statewide NCCCS mandates and to help achieve the mandated goals, Pathways Male Mentoring Services, Wake Tech’s branch of the statewide MMSI,  will engage in the following efforts: Peer Mentoring of students within the First Year Experience Program (a collaboration with success counselors in the Student Success Department), middle and high school mentoring (a collaboration with Wake County Public Schools) and joint monthly/per semester Wake Tech campus-wide motivational sessions and summits (a collaborative partnership with the Title III Success Coaching department).  Pathways will work to encourage deliberate and intentional interactions between its target student population and the Wake Tech campus community.

Although our focus is more-so on male students, Pathways will host initiatives that are open to and benefit all students.  You are invited! Our highly anticipated initiatives for the spring 2017 semester include Monthly Perseverance Sessions on the main and northern wake campuses, a Career Industry Tour(held on Monday, 3/13, during spring break) and our “B.O.O.S.T.  M.E.” Summit scheduled for Friday, April 7th,  on our main campus.

Please stay tuned to the Wake Tech student portal and Wake Tech XTRA for updated information and advertising for our initiatives and programs.  For further information, Feel free to reach the Pathways Coordinator by email, at pathwaysmentoring@waketech.edu, or wckincy@waketech.edu.