WAG 03-04-03-b.

A student enrolled half-time or more in a school of higher education is ineligible for SNAP benefits unless one of the following special student eligibility requirements is met:

  • under age 18 or age 50 or over;
  • physically or mentally impaired;
  • working in a paid job an average of 20 hours per week or, if self-employed, working an average of 20 hours per week and earning at least the federal minimum wage (see WAG 25-06-08);
  • approved to participate in a state or federal work-study program for the school term and expecting to work in a state or federal work-study program during that time.

    The exemption begins the month the school term begins or the month the state or federal work-study is approved, whichever is later. The exemption continues through the end of the month the school term ends or the student refuses an assignment.

    The exemption does not continue between terms when there is a break of a full month or longer. The exemption does continue if the student works in a state or federal work-study assignment during the break. 

  • receiving TANF benefits;
  • responsible for the care of a unit member under age 6 (only one adult may claim this exemption);

    When there is more than one adult in the home, the student must provide the majority of child care to meet this requirement.

  • responsible for the care of a unit member age 6 through 11, and does not have adequate child care available to allow the student to attend class and work an average of 20 hours per week or take part in a work-study program;

    NOTE: Child care is adequate and the student is ineligible when: 

    • the child(ren) is receiving child care at least 24 hours per week (time spent in school does not count as child care); or
    • there is someone in the SNAP unit age 18 or older, other than the student, who is available to provide the care. A person who is physically or mentally impaired is not available to provide child care.
  • enrolled full-time in a school of higher education, and is a single parent or person providing parental control whose spouse is not in the home, and is responsible for the care of a unit member under age 12;
  • enrolled through TANF Work and Training activities, or SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E & T);
  • enrolled in a program under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA); or
  • taking part in a paid on-the-job training program through their employer.

To qualify during the summer break, the student must continue to meet one of the above items.