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Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student?

unemployed_questionQ) Can I qualify for SNAP if I am a student?

A) Most able-bodied students ages 18 through 49 who are enrolled in college or other institutions of higher education at least half time are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain criteria such as participating in work-study, working at least twenty hours a week, or taking care of a dependent household member.




Students may be able to get SNAP benefits if otherwise eligible and they:

  • Get public assistance benefits under a Title IV-A program;
  • Take part in a State or federally financed work study program;
  • Work at least 20 hours a week;
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 6;
  • Are taking care of a dependent household member over the age of 5 but under 12 and do not have adequate child care to enable them to attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours, or to take part in a State or federally financed work study program; or
  • Are assigned to or placed in a college or certain other schools through:
  • A program under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998,
  • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974,
  • An employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act, or
  • An employment and training program operated by a State or local government.
  • Also, a single parent enrolled full time in college and taking care of a dependent household member under the age of 12 can get SNAP benefits if otherwise eligible.

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Applying for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits

To apply for Food Stamp or SNAP benefits contact your local (SNAP) food stamp office office. Each State program has their own application form. If your State’s form is not on the web yet, you may need to contact your local food stamp office to request one.

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  1. Funnily the day after I left a complaint I received a call from food stamp worker she did everything over the phone and said the amount that I would received the next day on my card usually if they say it’s going to be on your car the next day it is so I didn’t check the card and I went to the store and went shopping after a $500 bill for groceries the cashier said there’s no funds on the card once again trying to get through to the snap program to tell them something went wrong and once again nobody answers the phones they give you other phone numbers you can try and all those numbers nobody answers the phone so how are you to get your food stamps especially in these trying times right now Hawaii is on a lockdown because our cases keep rising so how much longer is it going to take me to get my food stamps this is really starting to be repetitive please people can I just get my food stamps

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