Updates to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility

The Federal government made recent temporary adjustments to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in response to the pandemic. These adjustments will remain in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency is lifted. As long as all other SNAP eligibility criteria are met, this expands eligibility to those who meet one of these two categories: 1) those eligible to participate in Federal Work-Study or 2) those who have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 0 for the current Academic Year.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • SNAP benefits are deposited on a QUEST card (similar to a debit card) once a month to help you buy groceries.
  • You may be eligible to receive food benefits through SNAP (even if you haven’t previously qualified!) if you meet one of the following criteria:
    • Eligible to participate in work study (even if you are not currently working or employed in a work-study position)
    •  Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 as reflected on your 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Work 20 or more hours a week
    • Are the primary caretaker of a child
    • Fall within certain income limits
    • To check your eligibility and to fill out an application, visit https://access.wisconsin.gov.
    • If you have questions about or need help through the SNAP process, contact our Basic Needs Assistants at basic.needs@finaid.wisc.edu

Other food assistance options, including the Open Seat or the Keep food pantries, can be found on UHS’s website, https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/prevention/food-assistance/.

Or check out our website for more on Basic Needs Support.

Questions or need help connecting with resources? Reach out to our Basic Needs Assistants basic.needs@finaid.wisc.edu