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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: August 01, 2011
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Continuous Supplementary Benefits (General Policies)

High School Incentive Benefit

AUTHORITY

Income Supports, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Section 24(2)(c)
Income Supports, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Section 25

INTENT

To encourage young single parents to remain in the family home where additional supports are available, a high school incentive benefit can be provided.

POLICY

The Government of Alberta may provide a High School Incentive benefit to a learner household in which a 16-19 year old parent who is attending the regular school system full-time and lives with their parent(s) who is also a learner.

The learner household is eligible for this benefit when:

  • the 16-19 year old is attending the regular school system on a full-time basis,

     

  • the 16-19 year old and their child(ren) must be dependants on their parent’s learner file, and

     

  • the 16-19 year old must be the legal guardian of the child(ren)

Where the youth’s parent is the legal guardian of the grandchild, the household is not eligible for this benefit.

Rate

The High School Incentive benefit is the difference between the Core Shelter and Core Essential benefits that the household would be eligible for if all members were considered as dependents, and the core benefits that the youth learner would be eligible for if an independent learner file was established.

PROCEDURE

The rate for the High School Incentive is determined by:

  1. Calculating the rate that the learner (head of the household unit) would receive if the single parent youth and the child(ren) of the youth were considered as dependants of the learner.

     

  2. This rate is then deducted from the sum of the rates that the two families would receive if they were considered as individual learner household units. This difference is the High School Incentive Benefit.

     

  3. The High School Incentive is then added back to the rate that the learner household unit would receive if the youth and the child(ren) of the youth were considered as dependants of the household (the rate in #1).

Example

  • A Non-EI learner (the grandmother), who is the mother of a 16-year-old daughter and the 16-year-old daughter has one child, would receive the single adult with two children rate. This rate, if the family is living in private housing, would be $1514.

     

  • While the 16-year-old daughter is attending regular school, she would be eligible as a Non-EI learner to receive the single adult with one child rate, living with a relative, of $988. The learner (the grandmother) would then be eligible for the single adult with no dependents rate of $834. The sum of these two rates would be $1822. Deduct the rate in a) from the sum i.e. $1822 - $1514 = $308. This is the High School Incentive Benefit.

     

  • The High School Incentive Benefit for which the learner household is eligible is then added back on to the rate the learner household (the grandmother) would have received in the first bullet above (i.e., $1514 + $308 = $1822. This total amount is provided in one cheque to the learner (the grandmother).

The learner must submit an EMP 5569 Learner Income Support Application (Full Time Study) or a Change in Circumstances for Learners (Full Time Study) with a request for the High School Incentive benefit.

APPROVAL

Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office (LISO)