SNAP Benefits for College Students

Instructions on how to apply for SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps)

On February 23, 2021 colleges and universities received information from the federal government regarding a temporary expansion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit eligibility for the duration of the pandemic. 

Under regular SNAP eligibility requirements, students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are typically ineligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain specific exemptions. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to include students who either:

  • are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work-study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education; or
  • have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year. This includes students who are eligible for a maximum Pell Grant.

Beginning January 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP benefits if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted. 

More information about the temporary expansion is on this web page.