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SNAP and Affordable Connectivity Program

Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Funding and Affordable Connectivity Program

Please note: The sunset of the COVID-19 public health emergency will begin to end flexibilities related to student eligibility for federal benefit programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid, including the temporary student exemptions that expanded SNAP eligibility for students enrolled at least half time at an eligible institution who were either eligible to participate in certain work study programs or had an expected family contribution of zero in the current academic year. These temporary exemptions will end 30 days after the PHE ends on May 11, 2023.

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 2022-2023 FAFSA on file with UD and meet either of the following criteria:

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 2022-2023 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 in this table:

Benefits by Household and Income
Monthly Gross 
Income Limit
Monthly Maximum SNAP 
Benefit Amount*
1 $1473 $281
2 $1984 $516
3 $2495 $740
4 $3007 $939
5 $3518 $1116

*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.

  • Based on your household income
  • If you or your child or dependent participate in certain government assistance programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, or other programs
  • If you or anyone in your household already receives a Lifeline benefit

Note: You may qualify for the ACP through a participating provider’s existing low-income program. Visit our How to Apply page to learn more.

If your household is eligible, you could receive:

  • Up to a $30/month discount on your internet service
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
  • A low cost service plan that may be fully covered through the ACP*

* Through a separate non-FCC initiative, additional no cost plans may be available to Affordable Connectivity Program enrollees. To learn more please visit Provision of a link to this initiative does not imply FCC endorsement of any particular participating provider.

Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household. To receive the connected device discount, consumers need to enroll in the ACP with a participating provider that offers connected devices (Note: not all internet company offer device discounts.) The internet company will provide the discount to the consumer.

Important News: Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new, long-term $14 billion program that will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Households enrolled in the EBB Program as of December 31, 2021, continued to receive their current monthly benefit during a 60-day transition period. The transition period ended on February 28.

Consumers can apply for the Affordable Connectivity Program at


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