SNAP payments are already here for millions of beneficiaries with low incomes. From November 1 through November 28 there will be different paydays depending on where you live.
Before you can collect SNAP checks, you must meet all the requirements and apply. The requirements depend on your personal situation. Things like having a child may help you get them and avoid some rules.
If you are a student, you still have some chances to get SNAP benefits. Undoubtedly, not all students can be eligible but there are some cases in which you can receive Food Stamps. Getting some money for healthy food will be of great value.
What are the SNAP requirements for students?
Remember that you can only apply for Food Stamps in the state you live. Sometimes it does not have the same name. For example, Californians call it CalFresh food assistance.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), students must meet all the general requirements for other applicants. Besides, you will have to meet one of the next exemptions.
One of them is to be younger than 18 or older than 50 years old. Having a disability, it could be mental or physical is another way to be eligible for SNAP benefits as a student.
If you work for at least 20 hours per week and get paid, you may also qualify. Taking part in work study programs is another alternative. But these work study programs must be federally or state financed.
Can I get an exemption if I take part in an on-the-job training program?
Yes, you can. USDA claims that participating in one of these work study programs can allow you to meet an exemption. Apart from that, students who carer for a kid who is younger than 6 can get an exemption.
Students who are single parents and are in college full-time may be eligible for SNAP as well. However, the kid you are looking after must be younger than 12 years old.
Students who take care of a kid that is between 6-11 and “lack the necessary child care enabling you to attend school” and work 80 hours per month may get a waiver. Being enrolled in a work study program is possible for them too. TANF beneficiaries can also be eligible for SNAP benefits.
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So, if you get TANF as a student, you can get Food Stamps too. Last but not least, if you are assigned to college through SNAP E&T or other eligible programs, you can take advantage of the exemption. Look for an office in the state directory for more details. Once you get them be wary of scams. See post above.