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If you’re in college can you get food stamps?

Millions of Americans collect food stamps every year to help feed themselves and their families.

In order to get them, certain requirements need to be met.

In order for college students to qualify for food stamps, they must meet the SNAP requirements and be going to school less than half time.


If students are enrolled half time or more they can qualify with an exemption if they meet the requirements.

Exemptions include:

  • Being under 18 or over age 50
  • Having a mental or physical disability
  • Working 20 hours per week
  • Caring for a child under age 6

Exemptions specific to COVID-19 include students that can complete a state or federally financed work study during their school year, or having an expected family contribution of $0.

These went into effect Jan. 16 and will remain until 30 days after the public health emergency ends.

Related: Are you supposed to work while on food stamps, or SNAP benefits? Are food stamps different for people with no kids?



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