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COVID-19 Student Benefits

  1. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced the Emergency Broadband Benefit program to help those struggling to pay for internet amid the pandemic, stating that a household is eligible to receive the benefit if one member of the household received a federal Pell Grant during the current award year, among other possible criteria for eligibility. Under the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, eligible households can receive up to $50 per month to help pay for broadband internet service.

    Written or electronic confirmation from a student’s school that the individual is a Pell Grant recipient will serve as verification for the program, or a student’s financial aid award letter documenting the amount of their Pell Grant award received for the current year. A copy of a student’s paid invoice that shows the student’s receipt of a Pell Grant during the current award year or a copy of the student’s Student Aid Report will all serve as proper documentation, according to the notice from the FCC.

  2. SNAP College Student Benefits

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) are pleased to announce that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has expanded college students’ access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits (formerly called Food Stamps).


    In order for students to be eligible, they must:

    • Be currently enrolled in college at least half-time

    • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero or be eligible for student work study, even if not participating

    • Have verification from a Student Aid Report (SAR), financial aid award letter, or letter from their institution.

    Additional Resources

    Eligibility Flyer

    Step-by-Step SNAP Guide

    To learn more about Ohio EBT, including income and eligibility requirements, visit the
    Office of Communications at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.