1. The term "at least half-time" is determined by each institution of higher education and most often is at least six hours.
2. (a) "Normally Requires" means a student is required to have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, but if the student does not have either, he or she may be enrolled by passing a special entrance examination. If a high school diploma or equivalency certificate is only required prior to completion of coursework, as opposed to required for enrollment, students are not considered to be attending an institution of higher education. In addition, programs designed to help a person pass the General Educational Development (GED) test do not qualify the person as attending an institution of higher education.
(b) Students engaging in online courses or telecourses are considered attending an institution of higher education if the school requires the student to have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate for enrollment and the student is enrolled at least half time.
3. The pay can be at any rate but the hours worked must average 20 per week or 80 per month.
4. The dependent child must be included in the food benefit. A dependent child is defined as the biological, step, or adopted child of the student.
5. When both parents are students, only one parent can be exempt as caretaker of a child. In order for both parents to be exempt as caretaker, there must be at least two children under age six and each parent is caretaker for a different child at a different time of day. For example, the mother attends school at night and watches one of the children during the day, while the other child is in kindergarten and the father is in school. The father watches both children in the evening while the mother is in school.
6. An example of an employment and training program that meets the "in compliance with" criteria is the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Program. The WIA program does not assign or place persons in an institution of higher education, but have a higher education component and its staff encourage self-enrollment in institutions of higher education described at (a)(1)(A) and (B) of this Section for some, if not all, of its enrollees.