The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to low and no income people and families living in the United States. It is a federal aid program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, distribution of benefits occurs at the state level. In Indiana, the Family and Social Services Administration is responsible for ensuring federal regulations are initially implemented and consistently applied in each county.
SNAP frequently asked questions (updated January 2020)
This program is designed to raise the nutritional level of low income households. It enables low-income families to buy nutritious food through Electronic Benefits Transfer cards. To apply for benefits, please click here and select the county where you live.
- Where do I apply?
- Who is eligible?
- Income limits
- When will eligible households receive benefits?
- How is SNAP used?
- How to check your SNAP balance
- Screening tool
- The right to appeal
- USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
- Who are the current providers for SNAP Outreach; SNAP Education; SNAP Employment & Training?
For the duration of the Federal Public Health Emergency, the following SNAP policy change is in effect:
Are College Students Eligible for SNAP?
Students attending an institution of higher education, like a college, university, trade school, or technical school more than half-time are eligible for SNAP IF they meet an exemption AND meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements. You can ask your school what qualifies as “half-time.”
What Are Student Exemptions?
COVID-19 Temporary Update
As of January 16, 2021 and through the duration of the Federal PHE, these 2 additional exemptions have been added in determination of student status:
- Eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. Your school determines if you are eligible for work study
- Have an Expected Family Contribution of 0 in the current academic year (based on the FASFA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
The normal exemptions for students are listed in section 3210.15.35.05 of the policy manual available at this link: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/files/3200.pdf
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