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:
Note: To qualify during the summer break, the student must continue to meet one of the above requirements.
Students who receive the majority of their meals (50 percent or more of three meals daily) through a either a mandatory or optional meal plan are considered residents of an institution (PM 04-05-04) and are ineligible for 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.
Students who meet one of the student exemptions and do not receive the majority of their meals from a meal plan are not residents of an institution and may be eligible for SNAP, if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
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