Programs: Student Policy Examples

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The information below provides a variety of examples of student exemptions and student policy affects SNAP eligibility.

Example 1: Age (younger than 18 years of age or 50 years of age and older)
Mary, age 51, applies for SNAP benefits. She is currently a full-time student at the local community college studying to obtain her associates degree in computer programming. Mary would have a student exemption based on her age.
Example 2: Physically or mentally unfit
Todd submits an application for SNAP benefits. He is currently enrolled in a technical trade school to obtain a certificate. The trade school requires a high school diploma. He is currently receiving SSI income from the Social Security Administration. Todd would have a student exemption based on his receipt of SSI income which indicates disability.
Example 3: Participating in an on-the-job training (OJT) program
Scott applies for SNAP benefits. He is currently enrolled at least half-time at the local University in order to obtain his bachelor’s degree. In addition to his school hours, he is participating in an on-the-job training (OJT) program working in medical insurance billing. Scott would have a student exemption based on his active participation in an on-the-job-training program. He would be exempt only for the time period he is being trained by the employer.
Example 4: Employed an average of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month and paid for that employment
Mindy, age 21, applies for SNAP benefits. She is enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education. She is employed in the school cafeteria and averages 25 hours a week. Mindy would have a student exemption based on being employed for the number of required hours.
Example 5: Self-employed an average of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month in which their earnings equal federal minimum wage
Reggie, age 28, applies for SNAP benefits. He is enrolled full-time taking night classes at an institution of higher education. For the last three years Reggie has owned his own pool cleaning business. He usually has to work 20 hours or more a week to obtain enough earnings to meet his rent and utility expenses every month. His hourly rate when calculated is more than minimum wage. Reggie would have a student exemption on being self-employed for the number of required hours and meeting the minimum wage requirement.
Example 6: Participate in a state or federally work study program during regular school year
Debbie, age 19, applies for SNAP benefits. She is enrolled full-time at an institution of higher education. She is participating in a work study to help with her housing expenses. During the interview, the worker confirmed with the University that the work study is federally financed. The worker also confirmed that the work study requires a high school diploma before enrolling. Debbie would have a student exemption based on her participation in a state or federally work study program.
Example 7: Responsible for the care of a dependent household member under the age of 6
Troy, age 22, applies for SNAP benefits. He is enrolled in a technical trade school that is considered an institution of higher education. He is responsible for the care of his young son Rick, age 4. Troy would have student exemption based on his responsibility for the care of a dependent household member under the age of 6.
Example 8: Single parent enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education and responsible for the care of a dependent child under 12
Sally, age 30, applies for SNAP benefits. She is enrolled full-time in the local community college. She is a single parent responsible for the care of her 10 year old daughter. Sally would have a student exemption based on her responsibility for the care of a dependent child.
Example 9: Responsible for the care of a dependent household member age 6 to 11 years of age and worker determines that adequate child care is not available for the student to meet work requirement
Lizzie applies for SNAP benefits. She is enrolled full-time in online classes to complete her bachelors’ degree. The only child care center in her town recently closed. She currently does not have an adequate means of child care for her 7 year old son. Worker determines on case by case basis that Lizzie can fall under the student exemption of being responsible for the care of a dependent household member (age 6 to 11) and that adequate child care is not available for her to work.

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