COVID Relief Bill Provides Increased Access to SNAP for College Students

The latest COVID relief bill passed by Congress in December 2020 expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for college students. This temporary change is effective immediately and will remain in effect until thirty days after the COVID-19 public health emergency expires. College students may now be eligible for SNAP if they are enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education and:

  • Are eligible to participate in federal or state-funded work-study programs during the regular school year or,
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 during the current academic year.

Learn about Eligibility and review Frequently Asked Questions.

Some examples of documents that the students can provide are:

  • A copy of their Student Aid Report (SAR - for EFC verification only)
  • College Financing Plan or their NJ Shopping Sheet, which would show their EFC and work-study award for proof of eligibility.

Students can apply for the benefits at the NJOneApp website.