The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) sent an email to 2020-21 FAFSA filers with an expected family contribution (EFC) of zero in early April to alert them of expanded eligibility rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The communication was required by law as part of the expanded SNAP eligibility requirements and detailed the parameters of the program to students and how they can apply.
Recipients were informed that the email could be used as documentation of having a zero EFC and were directed to their local SNAP office to apply for the program under the expanded eligibility.
Restrictions regarding who was eligible for the SNAP program were loosened as part of the last round of federal coronavirus relief aid allowing college students to more easily access the program by temporarily removing work and eligibility requirements for students, which will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency. In total, about 3 million more students will be eligible for assistance as part of program expansion, according to an estimate from The Century Foundation.
Publication Date: 5/11/2021