- Q. What are the basic requirements for becoming a homestay host family?
- Q. Do I need to personally drive the student to and from school each day?
- Q. How long do students stay? What sort of time commitment do I need to make?
- Q. Are host families offered any compensation for hosting?
- Q. How will I receive my stipend?
- Q. Will I have to pay taxes on the stipend I receive?
- Q. Why are we NOT eligible for a financial aid award if we are a Homestay host?
- Q. I have expenses associated with Homestay so why is it considered purely income?
- Q. Why are Homestay payments taxable?
- Q. Does Kennedy Catholic offer guidance on how to claim Homestay income and deduct eligible expenses on my tax return?
- Q. What does the host application process entail? Can you walk me through it from start to finish?
- Q. After I have been successfully approved as a host family, am I guaranteed a student?
- Q. Who determines which student I will be hosting?
- Q. When does the “matching” process take place?
- Q. Can I host the same student for multiple years?
- Q. Does Kennedy Catholic support its host families? How?
- Q. What age is the student I’ll be hosting?
- Q. What country will my student be coming from?
- Q. Can I request a male or female student?
- Q. Do I need to have a child currently enrolled at the same school my student will be attending?
- Q. I am a single parent. Can I be a host?
- Q. Can I host more than one student?
- Q. Do the students have health insurance?
- Q. Are the students able to speak English?
- Q. Can I still host a student if I have a pet?
- Q. Am I allowed to invite my student on family trips?
- Q. Do the students staying for the 10-month school year go home over the summer or winter breaks?
- Q. Are the students allowed to drive?
- Q. What types of visas do the students have?
A. First and foremost, hosts should seek to welcome students into their home as another member of their family and supervise the student as one would his or her own child. Additionally, all host families must be able to provide students:
– A private or semi-private bedroom
– 3 meals per day
– Daily transportation to and from school
A. Yes, stipends are taxable according to the IRS and a 1099 will be issued to the primary host that the school contracted with. Nevertheless, because hosts must be able to prove the stipend money was spent on the student in order to avoid paying taxes on it, we recommend hosts keep track of spending and speak with a tax specialist in order to deduct from the taxable income portion that was spent on providing care to the student.
A. Financial Aid awards are determined by income and family size. The School and IRS regulations deem Homestay payments as income which is not included in determining eligibility for financial aid when awards are calculated. The Homestay income is therefore an additional income source that can be used to meet the unmet financial need for tuition.
A. Eligibility for financial aid is based on gross income from all sources and the same principle is applied to Homestay. It would be archaic to base eligibility on net income after expenses due to the variation of personal choices and lifestyle. Homestay Hosts have the option of deducting eligible expenses associated with hosting a Homestay Student in your taxes to offset the taxable nature of the Homestay income.
A. No, however the majority of our hosts are ultimately matched with a student, typically within the first year of the host being approved.
Additionally, once you have been approved as a host, your application will be stored in our database for as long as you would like, allowing us to offer you regular opportunities to host a student.
A. Once your new family member arrives and settles into your home, you will receive an in-person check-in from our staff member. This staff member will serve as your point-person for all of your basic questions or needs and will provide ongoing support to you and your family throughout each student’s stay.
A. Yes. Although most students come to the United States in order to improve their English and earn an American degree, students are going to be arriving at the very least with conversational-level English skills. Nevertheless, it’s important for hosts to serve as patient mentors for students, particularly upon the student’s immediate arrival, since students may be nervous speaking a second language in a new country.