The recently enacted federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 allows some students enrolled in higher education to now participate in the Nutrition Assistance (NA) program.
Students who are enrolled at least half-time, meet the income and eligibility requirements, applied for financial aid, and either have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 OR are eligible to participate in a state or federally financed work-study program, can now participate in the Nutrition Assistance (NA) program Note: The new federal exemptions require only that students are eligible for a work-study program; they do not need to participate.
Verification will be required for any of the exemptions claimed by the applicant. Verification includes but is not limited to:
- FAFSA Student Aid Report
- Financial Aid Award Letters
- A letter from the school which indicates an Expected Family Contribution of zero or eligibility to participate in a work-study program
- Printouts of online information from the students portal
- Collateral contacts with the school
Students who believe they may now be eligible for Nutrition Assistance (NA) benefits are encouraged to apply.