Eligibility and Exemptions

The SNAP E&T program is mandatory for some SNAP residents in New Jersey.

You may be exempt from participating if you are:

  • Working 30 hours or more per week;
  • Under age 16 or over age 59;
  • Physically or mentally not able to work;
  • Receiving disability benefits (SSI, VA disability, etc.);
  • Receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB);
  • Caring for a disabled household member or a child younger than 6 years old;
  • A student who is attending college at least half time;
  • Regularly participating in a drug/alcohol treatment program;
  • In the third trimester of a pregnancy;
  • Employed, including self-employed, for at least 30 hours per week (you must be earning at least minimum wage to use this exemption);
  • Participating in a WFNJ/TANF work or training activity; or
  • Paying more to participate in the program than what the state will reimburse.

If you are a SNAP recipient and do not have an above exemption, you are a mandatory E&T participant.  This means that you will be required to participate in the SNAP E&T program to keep your SNAP benefits.