It has been another challenging year for many, and we are reaching out with some potentially good news that could help you pay for food. 

In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, which is set to expire on May 11, 2023, the federal government has expanded access to college students to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Students with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 based on their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Students eligible to participate in the federal or state work-study program during the current academic year (this applies even if a work-study assignment has not started or is not available).

If you apply and are approved, SNAP would provide you with an EBT card (similar to a debit card) that can be used to buy food at supermarkets, local grocery stores, farmers markets, and in some instances from online retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Aldi (through Instacart).

How to Apply for SNAP

  • Complete an online application.
  • Visit your local county assistance office (CAO). The Indiana County CAO is located at 2750 West Pike Road, Indiana, PA 15701 and can be reached via telephone at 1-800-742-0679.  If you live in another county, find out how to contact your local CAO.
  • If asked for verification of your Expected Family Contribution, you can access this information from your online offer letter available in the “Finances” section of MyIUP.

The deadline for applications is June 9, 2023. However, we recommend applying as soon as possible to maximize your benefit eligibility. 

Learn more about SNAP.