4/1/21 – Food for College Students

Michigan will expand eligibility for food assistance benefits on Thursday, April 1 so that college students struggling financially during the pandemic, can get help buying food and stay in school.

Under the temporary change approved by the federal government, college students may be eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits if their families are estimated to be unable to contribute to their college cots or if their college or university considers them eligible for a federal or state work study program.

MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel says many college students lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic and by expanding access to food that will make it easier to stay in school and afford food.

Benefits could be as much as $234 per month for college students who buy and prepare their food alone.

College students and others can determine if they are eligible and apply for food assistance as: michigan.gov/MiBridges.