Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

A change in federal law has made more students temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Under regular SNAP rules, students enrolled at least half-time are ineligible for SNAP. However, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to allow students who either:

  1. Are eligible to participate in Federal work study during the academic year, or
  2. Have an expected federal family contribution (EFC) of 0 in the 2020-21 academic year.

State SNAP agencies may contact educational institutions to request verification of students’ eligibility for work study or an EFC of 0. With prior written consent of the student, institutions may provide a student’s FAFSA data (including aid awarded) to a State or entity for the purposes of applying for or receiving SNAP benefits.

Ordinarily, a student should apply through their state of residence. Students should contact their local SNAP offices to find out how to apply, or for other questions about their SNAP eligibility. State SNAP agencies administer the program, process applications, and determine eligibility.

Detailed Eligibility for SNAP  -