New Jersey Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Quick Facts

New Jersey
Administering Program Name
New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development

Are College Students Eligible for SNAP?

Students, 18 to 49, attending an institution of higher education, like a college, university, trade school, or technical school more than half-time are eligible for SNAP if they meet an exemption and meet all other SNAP eligibility requirements. You can ask your school what qualifies as “half-time.”

First, what are student exemptions?

COVID-19 Temporary Update:

As of January 16, 2021, a student is exempt if they meet one of the qualifications:

1.) They are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work study during the regular school year. Your school determines if you are eligible for work study.


2.) They have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year. Students receive an EFC after applying for financial aid.

In addition to the temporary COVID-19 exemptions, students can always meet one of the following exemptions to qualify for SNAP:

  • Are under age 18 or are age 49 or older.
  • Have a physical or mental disability.
  • Work at least 20 hours a week in paid employment.
  • Participate in a state or federally financed work study program.
  • Participate in an on-the-job training program.
  • Care for a child under the age of 6.
  • Care for a child age 6 to 11 and lack the necessary child care enabling them to attend school and work 20 hours a week or participate in work study.
  • Are a single parent enrolled full-time in college and taking care of a child under 12.
  • Receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance.
  • Are enrolled in a TANF Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) program.
  • Are assigned to, placed in, or self-placed in a college or other institution of higher education through:
    • A SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program;
    • Certain other E&T programs for low-income households, which are operated by a state or local government and have an equivalent component to SNAP E&T;
    • A program under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA);
    • A Trade Adjustment Assistance Program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974.

Second, what are the income requirements?

This chart represents the gross monthly eligibility standard based on family size considering (200% of the FPL.) The FPL is set by the federal government each year is calculated centered on family size and income. FPL determines eligibility for many federal and state public programs.

Household Size Max. Allowable Income
1 $2,128
2 $2,874
3 $3,620
4 $4,368
5 $5,114
6 $5,860
7 $6,608
8 $7,354
Each Additional Member + $748

Visit to learn if your household meets income requirements.

Temporary SNAP Benefit 15% Increase

From January 2021 to September 2021, all SNAP recipients will receive a 15% SNAP benefit increase. For example, a family of three that received $535 a month will receive a payment of $616.

People in Household Reg. Max. Monthly Benefit 10/01/20-09/30/21 Max. Monthly Benefit with 15% Increase through 09/30/21
1 $204 $234
2 $374 $430
3 $535 $616
4 $680 $782
5 $807 $929
6 $969 $1,114
7 $1,071 $1,232
8 $1,224 $1,408
Each Additional Person + $153 + $176


How Do I Apply?

You don’t need to go to an office! You can apply online and receive your EBT card in the mail.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for SNAP is online through NJ SNAP at

If you are eligible, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application. If you have very little or no income for the month and you need help right away, you may qualify for SNAP benefits within seven days.

Where/How to Use

SNAP benefits can only be used to buy food, and plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.

You can use your EBT card to purchase food at any grocery store, farmers’ market, or online website that accepts SNAP like Amazon, Walmart, or ShopRite. Visit to learn more about shopping for groceries online with your SNAP benefits and more.

Use the map on the FreshEBT app to find grocery stores and farmers markets near you.

This page was last updated on September 22, 2021.

Quick Facts

New Jersey
Administering Program Name
New Jersey Department of Human Services’ Division of Family Development

Outreach Organizations

  • Community Food Bank of New Jersey - If you would like to be screened for benefits in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, and Union counties please call (908) 838-4831.
  • • If you’d like to apply in person, call your local office or the NJ SNAP hotline at (800)-697-9512.