Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Go to school without going hungry. Get SNAP.

Do you have enough to eat?

Many students don’t have enough money to buy the food they need each day. If you are struggling with hunger, learn if you can get SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


BREAKING NEWSCOVID-19 Temporary Update
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The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to include students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education, who either:

  1. Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year, as determined by the institution of higher education, or
  2. Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year.

Students who meet one of the two criteria outlined above may receive SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. The new, temporary exemptions will be in effect until 30 days after the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

Under SNAP regular rules, only students who actually participate in state or federally funded work study are eligible. The new, temporary exemption, expands SNAP eligibility to students who are eligible to participate in work study during the regular school year, without the requirement that they actually participate.

Also, all students receiving the maximum Pell Grant have an EFC of $0. In the 2020-21 award year, the maximum Pell Grants are $3,172 per semester for students enrolled full-time, $2,379 per semester for students enrolled three-quarter-time, and $1,586 per semester for students enrolled half-time. RCC students can view their EFC and/or Pell Grant information on Self Service Banner in the Financial Aid menu.

New York State Expanded Eligibility

Governor Cuomo has expanded eligibility and access among community college students to receive food assistance under SNAP. Under the Governor’s direction, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) worked with the State University of New York (SUNY) to expand access to low-income college students enrolled at least half-time in career and technical education courses. The additional eligibility will help SUNY students avoid food insecurity while advancing their education.

Application Process

To support students who need help with accessing healthy food and facilitate this new eligibility, RCC’s Records and Registration Office will review enrollment information and assist potentially eligible students to complete the SNAP Student Verification of Enrollment Form (LDSS-5172). This form can be completed and emailed, faxed, mailed or brought in-person to the Records and Registration Office. Email all completed SNAP Verification forms to [email protected].

Please note: RCC does not determine a student’s eligibility for SNAP benefits. The determination of eligibility is made by the County Department of Social Services. For more information on SNAP eligibility see mybenefits.ny.gov.

Students must submit the completed, certified LDSS-5172 Form to their County Department of Social Services along with the SNAP application.

The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) can help you learn if you may be eligible for SNAP and can help you complete and submit your application. NOEP services are available by phone, email, or online. It is free and confidential.

For more information, contact The Connection Center[email protected] or call 845-574-4414.

Additional Resource
Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland Serving Rockland County
Phone: 845-942-5791 Ext 14; Cell: 917-828-4505