How to find out if you’re eligible for SNAP benefit and SNAP-funded college education
Posted On August 7, 2021
The federal government is allowing people with college degrees to apply for SNAP benefits, but it’s not always easy.
In fact, applicants can sometimes find out they don’t qualify for the program just by visiting a state welfare office, or looking at their own state unemployment claims, says Mark Weisberg, senior vice president at the National Association of State Colleges and Universities.
“If they’re a college student, they might not have any college credit in the record,” Weisber says.
Weisbucher says that’s a major issue, because college students tend to apply in a way that makes them appear less likely to be eligible for the SNAP benefits.
“A college student might say they’ve been in the labor force, but they haven’t taken the college credit test,” he says.
And if you’ve got a degree in a field other than the arts or business, or if you have an active job, you might not be eligible to apply, either.
That’s a big problem for some applicants, and we’re seeing it in states like Florida and California.
“We are seeing some very high-profile cases where students have applied and they’ve had their applications rejected because they weren’t eligible for benefits,” Weesbuchers says.
So, how do you get an answer on whether you qualify for SNAP?
The federal food stamps program (SNAP) is a federal government program that helps low-income people pay for basic food, medical, housing, and other expenses.
The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates that the program pays out $8 billion a year to more than 1.4 million people.
The program is based on the concept of “dependency,” which is a term used to describe people who depend on the support of others.
“So, when people say they need food, they’re really talking about food,” Weeseber says, meaning they are not claiming they are in need of a specific food item.
“They’re talking about the food they’re getting from their parents or their extended family.”
SNAP benefits are available to about 7.5 million people, or about one in every four Americans.
For those who receive SNAP benefits from their own households, their family is the largest single source of food assistance, according to the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
“That means that about a third of SNAP households are dependent on their parents,” Weisenberg says.
That means a lot of SNAP recipients could be eligible, but that’s because SNAP benefits aren’t available to all families.
But if a family is receiving SNAP benefits and it’s in one of those families, you can find out whether they’re eligible and how much you might qualify, Weisbringsaid.
The USDA website has a helpful page, “A Guide to SNAP Benefits for College Students.”
The GAO also has a page that tells you if you qualify if you are a college graduate.
But it’s important to remember that SNAP benefits can only be applied to SNAP recipients if you live in a state that uses the federal EBT program, which allows recipients to buy groceries and other food at grocery stores.
The state can also offer you a different SNAP benefit.
The best way to figure out if SNAP benefits apply to you, Weesbegins.
To be sure, there are some caveats, including that you can’t apply for the benefit while you’re unemployed.
If you’re a student at a school, you also need to be enrolled in a program that allows students to earn a college degree.
And you can apply for food stamps only if you pay for it yourself, or pay a person to do it for you, according the GAO.
If SNAP benefits don’t apply to your situation, Weissbuchesaid.
“But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t apply, and if you apply, you should apply,” he said.
“And the more people you get to apply to, the more likely it is that SNAP will get you.”
But if you do get SNAP benefits when you’re working, it’s even easier to apply.
You can apply on the same day you apply for jobless benefits, or you can start applying for benefits when they’re due, as long as you are able to prove your eligibility, Weisenbuche said.
And it can be easier to get SNAP benefit applications than applying for jobs, Weisesaid.
You could also apply on your own and get SNAP money, he said, and you’ll have to work in order to receive SNAP money.
But you don’t have to.
“The only way you’re going to get the money is if you work,” Weises said.
If it’s a college job, it might not make a lot more sense to apply online, Weishbesaid.
In order to be a college college student in the future, it means you need to work for the school, so that you have a job