Department of Education amplifies the USDA expansion of SNAP benefits to help students search for postsecondary education during pandemic February 23, 2021 Contact: Press Office, Press Office USDA, (202) 401-1576,
  • As part of its ongoing efforts to alleviate the economic burden of millions of Americans during the Covid-19 pandemic, the US Department of Education. UU., In collaboration with the US Department of Agriculture. UU (USDA) , guidance, postsecondary institutions to inform them about the temporary expanded complementary nutrition assistance program (SNAP) of eligibility for students who need.

    "Since the start of this pandemic, university students who already live with low incomes have experienced important interruptions of life, including greater food insecurity," said Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education. Michelle Asha Cooper. "No student should have to worry about where his next meal will come when he balanced his studies, informing eligible students of these benefits can help alleviate that uncertainty."

    The guide encourages higher education institutions to coordinate with campus stakeholders to notify eligible students. Today's action follows January 29. Guide recalling the institutions that have the authority to adjust the financial aid packages to explain the current financial circumstances of students and families. These disclosure efforts are aligned with the Executive Order on January 22, President Biden, directing all federal agencies to address the resulting economic crisis from the pandemic.

    "This crisis of health and economics has left millions of people without work or struggling to cover basic expenses. We are pleased to work with our partners in the Department of Education, to help inform students about the Recent expansion of SNAP eligibility for low-income students, "said USDA Deputy under the Secretary of Food, Nutrition and Dean Consumer Services. "The guide issued today is part of the impulse of the Biden Administration to act quickly to address hunger and support those who are fighting."

    Under the regular SNAP eligibility requirements, students enrolled at least half time at a higher education institution is usually ineligible for SNAP benefits, unless they comply with certain specific exemptions. The Law of Consolidated Appropriations, 2021 temporarily expands pressure eligibility to include students who either:

  • are eligible to participate in the state work study or funded by the Federal State during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education; Or
  • have an expected family contribution (EFC) from 0 in the current academic year. This includes eligible students for a maximum pee grant.

    As of January 16, 2021, students who meet one of the two criteria described above can receive SNAP benefits if they meet all other financial and non-financial. Pressure eligibility criteria. The new temporary exemptions will be valid up to 30 days after the public health emergency is lifted Covid-19. You can find more information on SNAP benefits for the students' website and questions and answers in the eligibility of students.

    Because state snapshot agencies administer the SNAP program, process applications and determine eligibility, students should contact their local shock offices to learn. How to apply or ask other questions. Higher education institutions with questions about student eligibility, including temporary expansion, should contact their SNAP State Agency.

    Contact information for state snapshot agencies and local offices can be found at the FNS Snap State directory.

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