Third Stimulus Check May Include College Students

A third stimulus check is in the works. Having passed through the House on Saturday, all that remains for the $1.9 trillion dollar Covid relief package is for the Senate to pass it. If this passes, many adults across the US could receive payments.

Under the current proposal, those making up to $75,000 a year would receive the full $1,400 payment and married couples who filed jointly earning up to $200,000 a year would receive $2,800. Those earning beyond those limits will receive smaller payments.

For the first time since the pandemic has started, college students who are classified as adult dependants will be able to receive payment if the package passes in the Senate. This would include 13.5 million people who were unable to receive payments from the other Covid relief packages. However, the students will not receive them directly. Instead, they will be filed jointly with whomever claimed them as dependents.

Dependents could also affect how much is received in payment. The new bill allots $1,400 per dependent, an increase of about $800 from the last stimulus package. It also could change child tax credits, with a $3,600 credit for children under the age of 6 and $3,000 for children under the age of 17,

This third stimulus package will also include mixed-status immigrant families. It’s possible that non-citizen parents with citizen children could also receive the payments within the package.

With many Americans struggling under the pandemic, Democrats hope to have the proposal passed by either the second or third week of March.