WAG 03-04-03-b

To be eligible to participate in SNAP, a student who is enrolled at least half time in an institution of higher education must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be under age 18 or age 50 or over;
  • revised manual textBe physically or mentally unfit;
  • revised manual textBe 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 receiving weekly earning at least equal to the Federal minimum multiplied by 20 hours (see WAG 25-06-08);
  • revised manual materialAt the time of application, be approved to participate in a State or federally funded work-study program during the regular school term and the student must anticipate actually working 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. 
  • Be responsible for the care of a dependent household member under the age of 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 the child care to meet this requirement.
  •  Be responsible for the care of a dependent household member age 6 through 11 and does not have adequate child care available to enable the student to attend class and work an average of 20 hours per week or take part in a work-study program.
    • 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.
  • revised manual textBe a single parent enrolled in a school of higher education and responsible for the care of a dependent child under the age of 12, regardless of the availability of adequate child care;
  • Receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under Title IV of the Social Security Act;
  • Be enrolled as a result of participation in the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program under Title IV of the Social Security Act or its successor program;
  • Participating in an on-the-job training program. A person is considered to be participating in an on-the-job training program only during the period of time the person is being trained by the employer;
  • revised manual textSelf-initiates placement or is assigned to or placed in an institution of higher education through or in compliance with the requirements of one of the programs listed below:
    • A program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) of 2014;
    • A program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974; An employment and training program under the Food Stamp Act, such as a TANF Work and Training Program or SNAP Employment and Training Program;
    • An employment and training program for low-income households that is operated by a State or local government, including a program under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006, administered by a community college that will lead to employment. Some examples of career and technical programs offering certificate or a diploma that will lead to employment are data entry occupations, medical and health care careers, HVAC and refrigeration, hospitality and tourism management.
  • Note: To qualify during the summer break, the student must continue to meet one of the above requirements.
  • new manual textMeals on Campus

  • If more than half (50 percent) of the student's meals per day are provided by the institution of higher education, the student is not eligible to participate in the SNAP, regardless of meeting a student exemption. This includes students living on or off campus who buy a meal ticket from the institution. It does not matter if the purchase of the meal ticket is required or by choice.
  • During the interview, staff should discuss with the student the number of meals the student anticipates eating/purchasing on campus and determine whether or not the number of meals purchased exceeds 50 percent of the three meals daily in any given month.