The recently enacted federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 allows some students enrolled in higher education to now participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
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 SNAP. 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. Students who believe they may now be eligible for Nutrition Assistance benefits are encouraged to apply.