New food benefit changes for students

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March 30, 2021

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. 

Due to recent federal changes, more college students with demonstrated financial need are going to be temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known in Michigan as the Food Assistance Program (FAP), starting April 1, 2021. FAP provides monthly food assistance benefits to eligible individuals to help them afford food. Even before the pandemic, many students struggled to afford enough food while paying for college. These new changes will help students complete their education and reduce their food insecurity.

Typically, college students enrolled at least half time are not eligible for FAP unless they meet certain exemptions, such as working 20 or more hours a week. With the new changes to eligibility, college students enrolled at least half time are potentially eligible if they meet one of two exemptions:

  • Are eligible for a state or federal work study program, regardless of whether they are actually participating.
  • Have an estimated family contribution (EFC) of $0 on their federal student aid determination.

These changes will last for 30 days after the end of the federal public health emergency. There are additional FAP rules and income eligibility criteria college students must meet to qualify. 

Students can go to to find out if they are eligible and apply.

If students need additional help applying, there are hundreds of community partners trained to assist them with MiBridges.