Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

What is SNAP?

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) OVERVIEW

New York State announced a new opportunity for college students to access the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SUNY is partnering with the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) on this important initiative to help fight food insecurity for low-income college students. OTDA is advancing a new policy to expand access to SNAP benefits for college students enrolled at a SUNY college.

Download your verification form, and see How do I apply? for submission instructions.

About SNAP

  • To be eligible for the SNAP program, students:

    • Must be enrolled at least half-time (in a degree or certificate program with HEGIS codes 5000 through 5599) View codes.

    • Must also be otherwise eligible for SNAP benefits (income-eligible, etc.) and between the ages of 18 and 49 years old. See requirements at
    • In New York State, each County Department of Social Services is responsible for determining eligibility for SNAP and issuing benefits.

    • Students need to submit the Form, signed by the college, certifying the student meets the program enrollment requirements when they apply for SNAP benefits at their County Department of Social Services.
    • Students will print out the SNAP Student Verification Form and fill out the top half only.

    • Students will bring the form to the Registrar’s Office or email it to

    • Students will obtain a completed SNAP Student Verification of Enrollment Form back from the College Registrar.

    • Students will take the completed Verification of Enrollment Form, certified by the college, to the County Department of Social Services office to further determine eligibility.