Exemptions for College Students
The recently enacted federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 allows some students enrolled in higher education to now participate in 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.
SNAP Allotment Increase
Following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Nutrition Assistance households will receive up to a 15% increase in their monthly benefit amount for the months of January 2021 through June 2021.
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Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance services are available virtually online and by phone. Learn more about how to connect with us safely and comfortably.
If you were due to renew your Nutrition or Cash Assistance benefits in November 2020 – June 2021, you will not need to contact DES to reapply for an additional six months. This excludes Transitional Benefit Assistance, Grant Diversion, Refugee Cash Assistance, Hopi Tribal TANF and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC) Tribal TANF. Pascua Yaqui Tribal TANF participants must still contact the Pascua Yaqui Yoemem Organization for Employment and Member Enhancement Services.
Mid Approval Contacts December 2020 – June 2021 have also been suspended, but November MACs must be completed.
Work Requirements Are Suspended
Following federal guidance, work requirements for Nutrition and Cash Assistance recipients are temporarily suspended while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment opportunities. The DES website is not the main source of information for Tribal TANF work requirements. Tribal TANF work requirements have been suspended, please contact your Tribal TANF program for more information.