Recommendations for Higher Education Institutions to Implement Federal Guidance on SNAP Expansion for College Students During COVID-19

While enrollment, retention, and persistence numbers are plummeting across the nation, the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic creates an imminent threat for college students’ ability to secure food, housing, and other basic needs. We have an opportunity to help them connect with food benefits and must act now.

Formerly known as food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federally funded monthly benefit available to individuals and households meeting predetermined asset and income criteria. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, expanded previous limitations to SNAP eligibility access, opening possibilities for college students enrolled in higher education at least half-time, under two new criteria.

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