Identification Number:
RS 00205 TN 21
Intended Audience:See Transmittal Sheet
Originating Office:ORDP OISP
Title:Student Benefits
Type:POMS Transmittals
Program:Title II (RSI)
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PROGRAM OPERATIONS MANUAL SYSTEM
Part RS – Retirement and Survivors Insurance
Chapter 002 – Benefits and Payments
Subchapter 05 – Student Benefits
Transmittal No. 21, 09/06/2019

Audience

FO/TSC: CS, CS TII, CSR, CTE, DRT, FR, OA, OS, RR, TA, TSC-CSR;
PSC: BA, CA, CCRE, CS, DE, DS, ICDS, IES, ILPDS, IPDS, ISRA, PETE, RECONR, SCPS, TSA, TST;
OCO-OEIO: BET, BIES, BTE, CC, CCRE, CR, CTE, FCR, PETL, RECONR, RECOVR;
OCO-ODO: BTE, CR, CST, CTE, CTE TE, PETE, PETL, RCOVTA, RECOVR;

Originating Component

OISP

Effective Date

Upon Receipt

Background

This section is being created because there is currently no POMS section describing the SSA-1372-BK-FC, Student's Statement Regarding School Attendance Outside the United States. Other POMS sections erroneously refer to RS 00205.735, which describes SSA-1372-BK, for information about the SSA-1372-BK-FC.The SSA-1372-BK-FC is used to inform a child beneficiary residing outside the United States of the conditions under which entitlement can continue after he or she reaches age 18. In addition, the child beneficiary may use this form to apply for student benefits outside the United States. We are also updating a cross-references in RS 00205.700 for Form SSA-1372-BK-FC to the new POMS section RS 00205.743.

Summary of Changes

RS 00205.700 Foreign Schools

Changed cross-reference in Subsection C.1 from RS 00205.735 to the new section FS 00205.743.

RS 00205.743 Form SSA-1372 BK-FC

This POMS section gives a brief description of Form SSA-1372-BK-FC and how it is used.

RS 00205.700 Foreign Schools

A. Definitions

1. Foreign school

A Foreign School is one which is outside the 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

2. Foreign Educational Institution (EI)

A Foreign Educational Institution is one which is either:

  • part of the elementary or secondary school system in that country; or

  • a facility approved or authorized by the educational authorities in that country to provide elementary or secondary education.

B. Procedure-contacts with schools outside the United States

Ask the student to get evidence of school attendance. (See RS 00205.755 for special instructions on verifying FTA at schools in Mexico and the Philippines.) However, if the case or special instructions necessitate it, contact the school outside the United States as follows:

IF THE SCHOOL IS:

CONTACT THE SCHOOL THROUGH:

operated by the Department of Defense (DOD),

the servicing Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) as explained in GN 00904.220.

in the British Virgin Islands, Canada or Samoa (formerly Western Samoa),

the FO servicing the school's address.

in Taiwan,

the American Institute in Taiwan (as explained in GN 00904.210).

any other foreign school,

the servicing FBU (as explained in GN 00904.220).

C. Procedure-evidence of Full-Time Attendance (FTA)

1. General

Use a Form SSA-1372-BK-FC, Student's Statement Regarding School Attendance Outside the United States, to verify all periods of FTA at schools outside the United States. See RS 00205.743 for a description of the SSA-1372-BK-FC.

Include the following information when requesting development through an FO or an FBU:

  • the student's school identification number if he or she has one;

  • the student's father's full name and his or her mother's full maiden name if the school is in a Spanish-speaking country. Double surnames are used to maintain all records (including those of "American" students) and the information is needed to locate the student's record;

  • the level at which the student is attending if the school operates on more than one educational level.

NOTE: Failure to include this information can result in delayed or incomplete responses.

2. Alternative evidence of FTA

Use other evidence of FTA if it shows the same information as the SSA-1372-BK-FC. This other evidence can be:

  • a signed statement by a student accompanied by a separate statement from a school official on the school's own form or letterhead;

  • a statement by an FO or FBU employee based on a personal or telephone contact with the student and a school official. Document the file to show how the information was obtained.

RS 00205.743 Form SSA-1372-BK-FC, Student's Statement Regarding School Attendance Outside the United States

A. Purpose of Form SSA-1372-BK-FC

The SSA-1372-BK-FC serves as the primary form for developing and verifying a student's full-time attendance at an educational institution outside the United States.

We send an SSA-1372-BK-FC to each child beneficiary who is outside the United States 3 months before he or she attains age 18. It explains the conditions under which benefits can continue after age 18, and what he or she must do to pursue his or her claim for benefits as a student or disabled child. We give the student this form at the time of the application for child's benefits if the child:

  • meets the requirements for child's benefits; and

  • is at least age 17 years and 6 months (or will be at least that age when the claim is processed).

B. Student's Responsibilities

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • complete the Student’s Statement Regarding School Attendance portion of Form SSA-1372-BK-FC.

  • have a school official complete the Certification By School Official portion of page 4 of the form; and

  • give the Notice of Cessation of Full-Time School Attendance (page 5 of the form) to a school official for return to SSA if the student ceases to be in full-time attendance.

We consider failure to submit a completed SSA-1372-BK-FC, or its equivalent, failure to establish full-time attendance at an educational institution.

C. Description of the SSA-1372-BK-FC

The SSA-1372-BK-FC is an 8-page form consisting of:

1. Page 1 - Advance Notice of Termination of Child's Benefits

This explains the conditions under which we can pay benefits after the child beneficiary reaches age 18. It contains essentially the same information as the Form SSA-1387-FC-EP (Advance Notice of Termination of Child's Benefits) that we send to the child's representative payee at the same time we send the SSA-1372-BK-FC to the child beneficiary. It also provides instructions for completing the form.

2. Pages 2 and 3 - Student's Statement Regarding School Attendance

These pages ask for information from the student about his or her school attendance and eligibility for benefits.

3. Page 4 - Certification by School Official

An official of the school the student is attending completes this certification to confirm the information provided on the student's statement.

4. Page 5 - Notice of Cessation of Full-Time Attendance

The student gives this page to the school official. The instructions on this page request the school official to complete the form when the student ceases to be in full-time attendance. If the student ceases to be in full-time attendance, we request that the school official check the appropriate items on the form to show the date and reason the student's full-time attendance ceased, and send the completed form to SSA.

5. Page 6 - Privacy Act/Paperwork Reduction Act Notice

This information is for the school official and relates to completion of notice of cessation of full-time attendance.

6. Page 7 - Information About Benefits Past Age 18

This page contains important information for the student about the payment of benefits after age 18, and his or her reporting responsibilities.

7. Page 8 - Privacy Act/Paperwork Reduction Act Notice

This information relates to the student claim and related form.

D. Exhibit - Form SSA-1372-BK-FC

To view the form, go to :SSA-1372-BK-FC


RS 00205 TN 21 - Student Benefits - 9/06/2019