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Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Funding and Broadband Assistance

SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget so families with financial needs can purchase healthy food. Nearly 1.5 million Ohioans use SNAP to help them buy enough healthy foods to meet their needs.

With the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, SNAP is now available to college students that are enrolled at least half-time, have a 2020-2021 FAFSA on file with UD and meet either of the following criteria:

  • The individual is eligible to participate in a State or Federally financed work study program during the regular school year, as determined by the institution of higher education; or
  • The individual has an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year.

A survey conducted by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University at the beginning of the pandemic concluded that nearly 3 in 5 students were experiencing basic needs insecurity, and food insecurity affected 44 percent of students at two-year institutions and 38 percent of students at four-year institutions.

The Office of Financial Aid will send you an email and letter confirming that you meet the EFC or Federal Work Study criteria. This information needs to be provided to the State along with your application for SNAP. If you did not receive this notice, but believe you meet the criteria, you can contact the Office of Financial Aid by email at

You can apply by completing an online application or a paper application. The paper application should be mailed to your local county Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services office (ODJFS). With your application, upload or include a copy of the notification sent from the Office of Financial Aid that verifies your eligibility as a college student. If you are a member of a household already receiving SNAP, please submit a copy of the notification you received to your county ODJFS office so that you may be added to your household’s case. Additional details about the application process are available from ODJS.

Yes. Interviews are scheduled in person in office or via phone with a county caseworker to review the application, advise you of your rights and responsibilities and resolve unclear information.

There are additional SNAP rules and income eligibility criteria you must meet to qualify. To be eligible for food assistance through SNAP, your family income cannot exceed 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

You may need to apply for SNAP with other people you live with, including:

  • Students must apply with their entire SNAP household. A SNAP household consists of individuals who live together in the same residence and who purchase and prepare most meals together.
  • Your parents - if you are under 22 years old; 
  • If you are a parent, your children who are under age 22;
  • Your spouse; and
  • Anyone else with whom you live and share most (2/3 or more) of your meals

Note: Students who live in dormitories and have campus meal plans that provide most of their meals are not eligible for SNAP.

Students who are living in and attending college in Ohio should apply with ODJFS for SNAP benefits.

Current SNAP eligibility income limits and monthly benefit amounts are reflected below:

Household Size

Monthly Gross Income Limit

Monthly Maximum SNAP

Benefit Amount*
















*Temporarily, all households who qualify for SNAP receive the maximum amounts for their household size – as long as there is a federal public health emergency.

Visit the Office of Communications at the ODJFS.

SNAP benefits are distributed to eligible recipients through Ohio EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Ohio EBT is similar to commercial debit and ATM cards and most Ohio grocery stores accept Ohio EBT.You can learn more, including details about income and eligibility requirements, by visiting the Office of Communications at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Throughout this process, please be on the lookout for letters in the mail from ODJFS. You can also go to or download the free Fresh EBT mobile app to see nearby stores and farmer’s markets that take EBT as well as check your balance online.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:Emergency Broadband Benefit:
  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting Check out the Broadband Benefit Consumer FAQ for more information about the benefit and please continue to check this page for program updates.


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