From Safety Net to Struggle: The End of Temporary SNAP Exemptions for College Students

Although food insecurity is common among college students, they face significant barriers in accessing food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Despite being a proven program designed to ameliorate food insecurity, eligibility requirements and student-specific restrictions have prevented many eligible students from receiving critical benefits. This brief provides an overview of the student-specific exemptions and highlights the need for simplifying SNAP eligibility requirements to ensure that all students have access to the food they need to thrive.