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ERIC Number: ED561732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
College Student Eligibility. SNAP Policy Brief. June 2014 Update
Lower-Basch Elizabeth; Lee, Helly
Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP)
Even after accounting for all financial aid, many low-income college students have thousands of dollars of unmet need, even when they attend low-cost institutions such as community colleges. This is one factor that contributes to low rates of college completion, especially by low-income and other non-traditional students. One way to close this gap is to help students understand and access public benefits that can help them temporarily meet basic needs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is one of the few benefit programs that is available to individuals without regard to family status or disability. Some media reports on the 2014 Farm Bill suggest that it eliminates SNAP eligibility for college students. This is not accurate--section 4007 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642), which reauthorizes SNAP, modifies one of the exceptions to the restrictions. This policy brief details additions to the 2014 Farm Bill that reauthorized SNAP. Most if not all students currently eligible for SNAP will remain eligible.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Basic Education; Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families