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Field Ops Memo 2010-28: SNAP Eligibility for Certain Community College Students


Many low-income students attending state-funded community colleges may be eligible to participate in the SNAP program.

Community colleges offer a range of programs and most offer degrees and certificates that enhance the employability of the individual or will lead directly to employment. Community colleges annually identify students enrolled in career or technical education programs under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law 109- 270) commonly known as Perkins IV. A student so identified by the community college or a student whom the community college otherwise certifies as enrolled in a career or technical education program that will lead directly to employment meets the definition of an eligible community college student under SNAP regulations at 106 CMR 362.410(F)(4).

A list of Massachusetts community colleges is included in this memo.

Purpose of Memo
This Field Operations Memo:

  • explains the SNAP eligibility criteria for certain community college students;
  • introduces the Community College Enrollment Verification form (CCE-1); and;
  • describes case manager responsibilities in processing these cases.
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