Student Eligibility

Are you a student, age 18 to 49 enrolled at least half-time in a college, university, community college, or business, technical, trade, or vocational school that requires a high school diploma?

If so, you may be eligible for food assistance through New Jersey’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is a federal program that can help individuals and families with low incomes buy the groceries they need to eat healthy. Eligibility depends on several factors like income, household size, resources, etc.
In addition to income eligibility factors, students also must fit at least ONE of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in an approved Career and Technical Education Program at a New Jersey community college;
  • Be employed at least 20 hours per week AND paid for such work;
  • Be participating in a federal work study program during the school year;
  • Be participating in an on-the-job training program;
  • Be responsible for the care of a member of your household who is a dependent under the age of six years-old;
  • Be a single parent enrolled full-time AND responsible for a dependent under the age 12 years-old;
  • Be unable to work due to a physical or mental disability; or
  • Be receiving Work First New Jersey (WFNJ) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits (cash assistance).

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For more information click here or visit your County Board of Social Services.

To  screen for eligibility and apply online, go to www.NJHelps.org.    

If you are interested in information on health care, visit www.NJFamilyCare.org.

If you need help paying for child care, check out www.ChildCareNJ.gov