Changes to SNAP Program Could Affect College Students

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Recent changes could limit the ability of some college students to access Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to a recent report by National Public Radio.

A rule approved last month by the Trump administration will make it harder for states to waive the requirement that SNAP recipients work at least 20 hours a week. According to policy experts interviewed by NPR, the shift “will limit benefits for college students enrolled less than half the time.”

Parker Gilkesson, an analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, said it is unclear exactly how many students will lose benefits as a result of the new rule. She noted that she worried the rule would “disproportionately impact young people, people of color, and those who struggle to find employment, leaving them without much-needed food assistance.”

“No matter if they’re full-time, part-time, half-time, even taking one class, [students] are taking the initiative to really better themselves and grow and further their academic career,” she told NPR. “They shouldn’t be punished for not being able to find steady employment in the economy that we are in today.”

Learn more about the new rule and read the full story on NPR’s website.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at mstegmeir@nacacnet.org.

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