New SNAP Rule Impacts College Students By Limiting Benefits And Adding Confusion

By Rachel Treisman

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Most college students are excluded from receiving SNAP by design, Larin says.

This is because Congress created the program with the image of a "traditional" student in mind: someone entering college directly from high school, financially reliant on their parents, with no income or dependents.

But this archetype is far from universal, says Parker Gilkesson, an analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy who specializes in income and work supports. Only about 1 in 4 students attend a four-year institution immediately after high school.

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