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MEMO: AP 00-07 Change 1

Last Updated: June 25, 2018

DATE:  March 12, 2001

TO:  WIB Directors; WIB Chairpersons; Grant Recipients

FROM: Lorna Joseph; Director of Program Support

SUBJECT: Change in Definition of Family Income for WIA Low Income Determination 

Background:  AP 00-07 provided state policy on inclusions and/or exclusions on family income.  We recently received a request from a WIA area regarding the ability to exclude all regular social security income from the family income determination.  Our review has concluded that this is an appropriate exclusion, and our policy is being revised to reflect the change.

Policy:  Attached is Connecticut’s revised definition of family income for WIA low income determination, effective immediately.  The revision excludes all regular social security income (old-age and survivors insurance benefits received under Section 202 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 402)) from family income.

If you have any questions on this revision, please contact your WIA area representative or Stephen Litke at (860) 263-6599.

AP 00-07 Change 1
Revised March 12, 2001

Definition of Family Income

“Family income” means the total annualized cash receipts from all sources (with exclusions listed as follows) received by all members during the six-month period prior to application to WIA.  Family size will be the total number of family members who are a part of the individual’s family at the time that an individual makes application for WIA.  The family income will include the total income during the income determination period for all individuals determined to be part of the family.

Family Income Shall Include:  

  • money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • net receipts from nonfarm self-employment (receipts from a person’s own unincorporated business, professional enterprise, or partnership after deductions for business expense);
  • net receipts from farm self-employment (receipts from a farm which one operates as owner, renter, or sharecropper after deductions for farm operating expenses);
  • railroad retirement, strike benefits from union funds, workers’ compensation, and training stipends;
  • alimony;
  • military family allotments or other regular support from an absent family member or someone not living in the household;
  • pensions, whether private, government employee (including military retirement pay);
  • regular insurance or annuity payments;
  • college or university grants, fellowships, and assistantships (see exclusion for needs-based scholarship assistance);
  • dividends, interests, net rental income, net royalties, periodic receipts from estates or trusts; and
  • net gambling or lottery winnings.

Family Income Shall Exclude:

  •  unemployment compensation;
  • child support payments, including foster care child payments;
  •  welfare payments (AFDC/TANF, SSI, RCA, GA);
  • regular payments from social security (i.e., old-age survivors insurance);
  • social security disability income;
  • financial assistance under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, i.e., Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Federal Work Study.  In addition, Stafford and Perkins loans like any other kind of loan is debt and not income.
  • needs-based scholarship assistance;
  • income earned while the veteran was on active military duty and certain other veterans’ benefits, i.e., compensation for service-connected disability, compensation for service-connected death, vocational rehabilitation, and educational assistance;
  • capital gains;
  • any assets drawn down as withdrawals from a bank, the sale of property, a house or a car;
  • tax refunds, gifts, loans, lump sum inheritances, one time insurance payments or other compensation for injury;
  • noncash benefits such as employer paid fringe benefits, food or housing received in lieu of wages, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, school meals, and housing assistance.
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