• More Student Eligible for SNAP Benefits

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

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to allow students who either:

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

    Under Section 702(e) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), students who meet one of the two criteria above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. This change that will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

    All students receiving the maximum Pell Grant have an EFC of $0.  In the 2020-21 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant is $3,172 per semester for students enrolled full-time, $2,379 per semester for students enrolled three-quarters time, and $1,586 per semester for students enrolled half-time.  You may view your financial aid award in SIMON to determine whether you meet the maximum Pell grant qualification and/or whether you were awarded Federal work-study as part of your financial aid package.

    Students should contact their local (see link below) SNAP Offices to find out how to apply, or for other questions about SNAP eligibility.  State SNAP agencies administer the program, process applications, and determine eligibility.