Millions of Additional College Students Now Eligible for SNAP Benefits Through Coronavirus Relief

By Owen Daugherty

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In an effort to let potentially eligible students know they qualify, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) suggests financial aid offices make it simple for students to access their EFC information and work-study eligibility on their award notices and financial aid information.

“Colleges should also conduct outreach to their students to inform them of these changes and notify them that they may be eligible for SNAP under this temporary legislation, and how to apply,” Ashley Burnside, a policy analyst at CLASP, wrote in a blog post.

Since students still need to apply for SNAP, institutions — and more specifically financial aid offices — should be proactive in reaching out to students that are likely eligible for the program, encouraging them to apply and including the information necessary to submit an application, Burnside added.

 

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