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§ 1087qq.
Family contribution for independent students with dependents other than a spouse
(a)
Computation of expected family contribution
For each independent student with dependents other than a spouse, the expected family contribution is equal to the amount determined by—
(1)
computing adjusted available income by adding—
(A)
the family’s available income (determined in accordance with subsection (b)); and
(B)
the family’s contribution from assets (determined in accordance with subsection (c));
(2)
assessing such adjusted available income in accordance with an assessment schedule set forth in subsection (d);
(3)
dividing the assessment resulting under paragraph (2) by the number of family members who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis, in a degree, certificate, or other program leading to a recognized educational credential at an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution in accordance with the provisions of section 1094 of this title during the award period for which assistance under this subchapter is requested; and
(4)
for periods of enrollment of less than 9 months, for purposes other than subpart 2 of part A—
(A)
dividing the quotient resulting under paragraph (3) by 9; and
(B)
multiplying the result by the number of months in the period of enrollment;
except that the amount determined under this subsection shall not be less than zero.
(b)
Family’s available income
(1)
In general
The family’s available income is determined by deducting from total income (as defined in section 1087vv of this title)—
(A)
Federal income taxes;
(B)
an allowance for State and other taxes, determined in accordance with paragraph (2);
(C)
an allowance for social security taxes, determined in accordance with paragraph (3);
(D)
an income protection allowance, determined in accordance with paragraph (4);
(E)
an employment expense allowance, determined in accordance with paragraph (5); and
(F)
the amount of any tax credit taken under section 25A of title 26.
(2)
Allowance for State and other taxes

(3)
Allowance for social security taxes

The allowance for social security taxes is equal to the amount estimated to be earned by the student (and spouse, if appropriate) multiplied by the social security withholding rate appropriate to the tax year preceding the award year, up to the maximum statutory social security tax withholding amount for that same tax year.

(4)
Income protection allowance
The income protection allowance is determined by the tables described in subparagraphs (A) through (D) (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 1087rr of this title).
(A)
Academic year 2009–2010

For academic year 2009–2010, the income protection allowance is determined by the following table:

Income Protection Allowance

Family Size

Number in College

(including student)

1

2

3

4

5

For each

additional

subtract:

2

$17,720

$14,690

3

 22,060

 19,050

$16,020

4

 27,250

 24,220

 21,210

$18,170

5

 32,150

 29,120

 26,100

 23,070

$20,060

6

 37,600

 34,570

 31,570

 28,520

 25,520

 $3,020

For each additional add:

4,240

4,240

4,240

4,240

4,240

(B)
Academic year 2010–2011

For academic year 2010–2011, the income protection allowance is determined by the following table:

Income Protection Allowance

Family Size

Number in College

(including student)

1

2

3

4

5

For each

additional

subtract:

2

$19,690

$16,330

3

 24,510

 21,160

$17,800

4

 30,280

 26,910

 23,560

$20,190

5

 35,730

 32,350

 29,000

 25,640

$22,290

6

 41,780

 38,410

 35,080

 31,690

 28,350

$3,350

For each additional add:

4,710

4,710

4,710

4,710

4,710

(C)
Academic year 2011–2012

For academic year 2011–2012, the income protection allowance is determined by the following table:

Income Protection Allowance

Family Size

Number in College

(including student)

1

2

3

4

5

For each

additional

subtract:

2

$21,660

$17,960

3

 26,960

 23,280

$19,580

4

 33,300

 29,600

 25,920

$22,210

5

(D)
Academic year 2012–2013

For academic year 2012–2013, the income protection allowance is determined by the following table:

Income Protection Allowance

Family Size

Number in College

(including student)

1

2

3

4

5

For each

additional

subtract:

2

$23,630

$19,590

3

 29,420

 25,400

$21,360

4

 36,330

 32,300

 28,280

$24,230

5

 42,870

 38,820

 34,800

 30,770

$26,750

6

 50,130

 46,100

 42,090

 38,030

 34,020

$4,020

For each additional add:

5,660

5,660

5,660

5,660

5,660

(5)
Employment expense allowance
The employment expense allowance is determined as follows (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 1087rr of this title):
(A)
If the student is married and the student’s spouse is employed in the year for which their income is reported, such allowance is equal to the lesser of $2,500 or 35 percent of the earned income of the student or spouse with the lesser earned income.
(B)
If a student qualifies as a surviving spouse or as a head of household as defined in section 2 of title 26, such allowance is equal to the lesser of $2,500 or 35 percent of the student’s earned income.
(c)
Family’s contribution from assets
(1)
In general
The family’s contribution from assets is equal to—
(A)
the family net worth (determined in accordance with paragraph (2)); minus
(B)
the asset protection allowance (determined in accordance with paragraph (3)); multiplied by
(C)
the asset conversion rate (determined in accordance with paragraph (4)), except that the result shall not be less than zero.
(2)
Family net worth
The family net worth is calculated by adding—
(A)
the current balance of checking and savings accounts and cash on hand;
(B)
the net value of investments and real estate, excluding the net value in the principal place of residence; and
(C)
the adjusted net worth of a business or farm, computed on the basis of the net worth of such business or farm (hereafter referred to as “NW”), determined in accordance with the following table (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 1087rr of this title), except as provided under section 1087vv(f) of this title:

Adjusted Net Worth of a Business or Farm

If the net worth of a business or farm is—

Then the adjusted net worth is—

Less than $1

$0

$1–$75,000

40 percent of NW

$75,001–$225,000

$30,000 plus 50 percent of NW over $75,000

$225,001–$375,000

$105,000 plus 60 percent of NW over $225,000

$375,001 or more

$195,000 plus 100 percent of NW over $375,000

(3)
Asset protection allowance

The asset protection allowance is calculated according to the following table (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 1087rr of this title):

Asset Protection Allowances for Families and Students

If the age of the student is—

And the student is

married

single

then the allowance is—

25 or less

 $  0

   $0

26

 2,200

 1,600

27

 4,300

 3,200

28

 6,500

 4,700

29

 8,600

 6,300

30

10,800

 7,900

31

13,000

 9,500

32

15,100

11,100

33

17,300

12,600

34

19,400

14,200

35

21,600

15,800

36

23,800

17,400

37

25,900

19,000

38

28,100

20,500

39

30,200

22,100

40

32,400

23,700

41

33,300

24,100

42

34,100

24,700

43

35,000

25,200

44

35,700

25,800

45

36,600

26,300

46

37,600

26,900

47

38,800

27,600

(4)
Asset conversion rate

The asset conversion rate is 7 percent.

(d)
Assessment schedule

The adjusted available income (as determined under subsection (a)(1) and hereafter referred to as “AAI”) is assessed according to the following table (or a successor table prescribed by the Secretary under section 1087rr of this title):

Assessment From Adjusted Available Income (AAI)

If AAI is—

Then the assessment is—

Less than −$3,409

−$750

−$3,409 to $9,400

22% of AAI

$9,401 to $11,800

$2,068 + 25% of AAI over $9,400

$11,801 to $14,200

$2,668 + 29% of AAI over $11,800

$14,201 to $16,600

$3,364 + 34% of AAI over $14,200

$16,601 to $19,000

$4,180 + 40% of AAI over $16,600

$19,001 or more

$5,140 + 47% of AAI over $19,000

(e)
Computations in case of separation, divorce, or death

In the case of a student who is divorced or separated, or whose spouse has died, the spouse’s income and assets shall not be considered in determining the family’s available income or assets.

(Pub. L. 89–329, title IV, § 477, as added Pub. L. 99–498, title IV, § 406(a), Oct. 17, 1986, 100 Stat. 1465; amended Pub. L. 100–50, § 14(1)–(6), (8), (18), (19), June 3, 1987, 101 Stat. 349–351; Pub. L. 102–325, title IV, § 471(a), July 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 597; Pub. L. 103–208, § 2(g)(2), (7), Dec. 20, 1993, 107 Stat. 2472; Pub. L. 105–78, title VI, § 609(i), Nov. 13, 1997, 111 Stat. 1524; Pub. L. 105–244, title IV, § 475, Oct. 7, 1998, 112 Stat. 1730; Pub. L. 109–171, title VIII, § 8017(c)(1), Feb. 8, 2006, 120 Stat. 173; Pub. L. 110–84, title VI, § 601(c), Sept. 27, 2007, 121 Stat. 802; Pub. L. 111–39, title IV, § 406(a)(3), July 1, 2009, 123 Stat. 1948.)
cite as: 20 USC 1087qq