Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Verification Request
Governor Cuomo announced a new opportunity for college students to access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SUNY is partnering with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) on this important initiative to help fight food insecurity for low-income college students. OTDA is advancing new policy to expand access to SNAP benefits for college students enrolled at a SUNY college.
Under federal law, college students who are between the ages of 18 and 49 years old and are attending an institution of higher education at least half-time may be eligible to receive food assistance through SNAP benefits, if you meet certain criteria. One of the criteria is participation in a program of career and technical education as defined under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. (See: 7 CFR 273.5) These programs include non-credit training as well. Learn more about Snap eligibility.
Additionally, Congress, through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, recently added two new temporary exemptions. They are:
- Be eligible to participate in a State or federally financed work study program during the current school year
Please Note: Under this temporary exemption, students do not have to be participating in work study. They just have to be eligible for work study.
- Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year
The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted. Learn more about temporarily expanded student eligibility.
To qualify, all students must also be otherwise eligible for SNAP benefits (income eligible, etc.) and between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. Monroe Community College cannot determine whether you are eligible for SNAP. That determination is made by each County's local Department of Social Services. Visit the myBenefits site for eligibility requirements. Find a Nutrition Outreach and Education (NOEP) Coordinator for assistance applying for SNAP.
A SNAP Eligibility Verification must be submitted with a SNAP Application which is available on the myBenefits website. The SNAP Student Enrollment Verification link will direct you to sign in using your myMCC login. Use the Download SNAP Report button to run your eligibility report. Your pdf will be downloaded and located in the white bar at the bottom of the screen. From there you can save or print out your SNAP Eligibility Report. The form and application can then be taken to your County’s local Department of Social Services for review.