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Higher Ed Student Exemptions

Students enrolled in higher education may participate in SNAP benefits when the student meets one of the following exemptions and all other eligibility criteria.

​Available Exemptions:
​Enrollment in higher education does not prevent SNAP participation when the student is ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​younger than 18 or 50 years of age or older.
physically or mentally unfit.
​a TANF recipient.
participating in an on-the-job training program.
​working and receiving pay for an average of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month.
​performing self-employment for an average of 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month and receiving weekly earnings greater than the federal minimum wage times 20.
participating in a state or federal work study program.
responsible for the care of a dependent household member under 6 years of age.
​a single parent enrolled full-time in the institution of higher education and responsible for a dependent household member under 12 years of age.
responsible of a dependent child 6 to 11 years of age when you determine that adequate child care is unavailable to enable the student to attend class and work an average of 20 hours per week or perform federal work study.
​attending an institution of higher education due to an employment and training program through
  • the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014,
  • the OK SNAP Works program,
  • Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974, or
  • a state or local government-operated job training program where one or more components is equivalent to a food benefit employment training program.
​enrolling due to the Job Opportunities and Basic Skills program under Title IV of the Social Security Act or its successor program. ​
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