Students in Higher Education
What qualifies as a higher education institution?
A higher education institution includes:
If it is unclear whether a student is attending an institution of higher learning, contact the school to confirm a student’s enrollment status.
Gunnar enrolls in a culinary school after graduating high school. When applying for SNAP benefits, he does not know whether his school required a high school degree. What do you do?
Gunnar has enrolled in a business, technical, trade, or vocation school, so you must determine if the program in which he enrolled requires a high school degree for enrollment. Contact the school to determine his status.
Ellen enrolled at a vocational school after dropping out of high school. She is attending half-time when she applies for SNAP benefits. The school reports that enrollment normally requires a high school degree or its equivalent, but Ellen enrolled after passing an ability to benefit test. Is Ellen a student of higher education?
Yes, when a program that normally requires a high school degree or its equivalent to enroll allows enrollment through a special examination, the student is still a student enrolled in higher education.
Sabrina attends the University of Oklahoma and pursues a Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree. When she applies for SNAP, she is taking 5 credit hours. The university requires six credit hours for half-time enrollment. Is Sabrina a higher education student?
No, she is not. Sabrina has enrolled in a program at a university. This is a part of the regular curriculum, but she is not taking enough credit hours to equal half-time enrollment.
Curtis attends an online university and is pursuing an expedited master’s program. He is able to pursue his undergraduate and master’s degree at the same time. He has enrolled in 9 credit hours. He has 5 undergraduate credit hours and 4 graduate credit hours. The school defines half-time as six hours for Curtis’s program. Is Curtis a student of higher education when he applies in this situation?
Yes, Curtis has enrolled in the regular degree seeking curriculum. His enrollment exceeds the six hour half-time mark, so he must show he is exempt to receive SNAP assistance. Attendance online or in-person does not affect whether a student has enrolled in higher education.