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ISSUE DATE: 04/2017

Attending school may affect a person's eligibility.


An 18-year old is considered to be a minor child until age 19, if he/she has not received a high school diploma or GED and is:

A full-time student in a secondary school, see SECONDARY SCHOOL, 0002.59 (Glossary: RSDI....). For the definition of FULL-TIME STUDENT, see 0002.27 (Glossary: FSET...).


Pursuing a full-time secondary level course, which may include vocational or technical training designed to prepare students for gainful employment.

See MINOR CHILD in 0002.41 (Glossary: Medically Necessary...).

Custodial parents under 20 may be required to attend secondary school to be eligible. See 0012.06 (Requirements for Caregivers Under 20), 0028.12 (Education Requirements).


Follow MFIP, except that custodial parents under 20 with an education option in their Employment Plan are not eligible for DWP and should be considered for MFIP eligibility, unless part of a 2-parent family.


Students must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

Under age 18 or age 50 or over.

Physically or mentally unable to work.

Attending a school that is not an institution of higher education, or attending an institution of higher education less than half time. Refer to the Guide to Determine Institution of Higher Education Status for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) Program.

Employed and paid for at least 20 hours per week, or self-employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week and paid in cash at the equivalent of at least 20 times the federal minimum hourly wage. This includes on-the-job training and paid internships or apprenticeships.

Participating in a state- or federally-financed work study program. This exemption begins the date the person is approved for work study or the beginning of the school year, whichever is later, and continues over the period the work study is intended to cover, unless the student rejects or refuses a work study assignment.

Responsible for the physical care of a dependent unit member under the age of 6.

Responsible for the physical care of a dependent unit member from the ages of 6 through 11 when adequate child care is not available.

A single parent attending an institution of higher education full-time with responsibility for a child under age 12 without regard to availability of child care.

Assigned to an institution of higher education through a program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) or Trade Readjustment Assistance (TRA), or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T).

Participating in an on-the-job training program in which the person is involved in productive labor, is paid by an employer while learning job skills, and the employer is reimbursed for the wages. If the participant is involved solely in classroom training for a month, that month does not count as on-the-job training.

All other students are ineligible for SNAP.


Student status does not affect eligibility.


Being a student does not make a person ineligible for GA. The following people are required to attend school to get or maintain eligibility:

Displaced homemakers. See 0013.15.33 (GA Basis - Displaced Homemakers).

High school students over age 18 whose primary language is not English. See 0013.15.48 (GA Basis - English Not Primary Language).

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