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ACF-801 Online Help - Element 9

Total Monthly Family Income (for Determining Eligibility)

Published: March 28, 2016
Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Reporting


The total monthly income amount received by the family receiving assistance. This is the total income used for determining eligibility and/or co-payment before any deductions that may be allowed are subtracted. The amount should be rounded to the nearest dollar.

Data Standards


A Response is required if Element #6 is 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, or 8.

Out of Range

0 - to maximum allowed by State/Territory

Internal Inconsistency

This value must be greater than or equal to the amount entered in Element #7 (Total Monthly Child Care Copayment for the Family).

Field Size


Format (N)



Report the total monthly family income used for determining eligibility of the family receiving assistance. The dollar amount is rounded to the nearest dollar using leading zeros as necessary. If, on a case-by-case basis, income is not used to determine eligibility for protective service, this does not have to be reported.

Except under some unusual circumstances, if Element #6 is 1, 3, 6, 8 (involving employment), Element #9 (Total Monthly Income for Determining Eligibility) should not be zero. Except for unusual circumstances, if Element 9 is greater than zero, then Element 10 should be 1 (Yes).

Note that a zero is used for a specific reason – zero income; if Element #9 is “unknown/not reported” do not use a zero filler - use a blank or space.

Last Reviewed: April 8, 2016