In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has instituted or expanded programs to assist college students during the ongoing crisis. Below you will find information on the different programs available to college students.
SNAP Eligibility Expansion
In normal circumstances, students who are enrolled at least half time in a higher education institution are not eligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain requirements. However, beginning January 16, 2021 SNAP eligibility has been expanded as part of the American Rescue Plan. This eligibility expansion includes students in the following situations:
- Students who are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. Kalamazoo College determines if a student is considered eligible for work study.
- Students who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 in the current academic year. Students receive an EFC after applying for financial aid by completing a FAFSA.
The eligibility expansion for SNAP benefits will continue until 30 days after the federal government lifts the official COVID-19 public health emergency designation. Additional information about the expansion of SNAP benefits can be found on the USDA website.
Emergency Broadband Benefit
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a program through the FCC that assists families struggling to pay for internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic. This benefit provides $50 per month towards internet service for eligible households. Recipients of Pell Grants are eligible to apply for this program. Pell Grant eligibility is determined based on the results of the FAFSA.
For additional information on the program and how to apply, please visit the FCC website.