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Low-Income College Students' Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By David A. Super

A large proportion of low-income college students can legitimately qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In many instances low-income students’ obtaining SNAP depends on the willingness of either SNAP agencies or the students’ schools to take steps to help the students qualify for one of the exceptions to the disqualification rule. SNAP administrators, financial aid officers in schools serving large numbers of low-income students, and others will benefit from reviewing the exemptions from the student rule to ensure that eligible low-income students receive the food assistance they need.

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