SNAP Student Eligibility Has Expanded

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

If you know students in need of food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), has temporarily expanded student eligibility to new groups through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.

The change to student eligibility means that certain students who were not eligible for SNAP before may now be eligible. Two new types are now exempt. These are students who:

  1. Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. The institution of higher education (i.e., the college or university) determines if a student is considered eligible for work study.
  2. Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year. Students receive an EFC after applying for financial aid.

For more information and details on how to apply, students should reference the USDA website.

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