Typically, college students who are enrolled in an institution of higher education at least half time will not be eligible for SNAP, Food Stamps benefits.
However there are exceptions. Read this brief guide to see if you may qualify.
Can College Students Get Food Stamps?
Most enrolled students aged 18 to 49 will not be eligible for food stamp benefits. However, it depends, because there are exceptions.
Key Reasons Why a Student May be Eligible
- Disability status
- Parent or caregiver
- Already receiving certain government benefits
- Participate in certain employment or training programs
Some college students get food stamps.
A single parent, is otherwise eligible, who is also a full time college student, and who takes care of a dependent household member under 12 years old, can get SNAP benefits.
A student, if otherwise eligible, may qualify if other situations apply to them.
- Participate in a State of federally financed work study program
- Work at least 20 hours per week
- Get public assistance under a Title IV-A program
- Take care of a dependent household member under 6 years old
- Take care of a dependent household member aged between 5 and 12 years old
Or was placed in a college or higher education institution due to certain government programs such as:
- A Workforce Investment Act of 1998 program
- Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974 program
- A Food Stamp Act employment or training program
- An eligible program operated by a State of local government.
Students who qualify and are eligible for food stamps will still be subject to income and asset regulations for eligibility.
If you are enrolled in college or certain other higher education programs, less than half-time, the restrictions may not apply. It is a good idea to check with the school and local government SNAP office about potential food stamp benefits.
- Find more facts about the SNAP program here.
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We hope this guide has been helpful.