Can students get CalFresh?
In general, students are not eligible for CalFresh. A person is considered a "student" if they are:
- Aged 18-49,
- Do not have a physical or mental impairments or disabilities, (If a student has a disability, they should not be barred from receiving CalFresh.)
- Enrolled at least “half time” as defined by the school, and
- Enrolled in higher education.
There are many situations where people who are students can still get CalFresh. Those are when the student is:
- Employed 20 hours a week
- Receiving federal or state work-study money. “Receiving” means when the student is approved for state or federally work study for the current school term, anticipates working during the term, and has not refused a work assignment.
- Approved for a TANF-funded Cal Grant A or B. [ACL 17-05.] The California Student Aid Commission should provide written notification to recipients of Cal Grant A or B awards regarding their potential eligibility for CalFresh.
- Students with children, as follows:
- full-time student with a child under age 12; or
- part-time student with a child under age six or a child between ages six and 12 for whom adequate care is not available; or
- receiving CalWORKs;
- Enrolled in a CalFresh employment and training (FSET) program; or other state or local job training programs.
- Does not intend to register for the next normal school term.
- Enrolled in a program to increase the student’s employability, including programs for low-income students that are operated by a state or local government where one or more of the components of the program are equivalent to an Employment and Training (E&T) component.
- Enrolled in a program to increase employability for current and former foster youth
- Enrolled in a Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act program.
- Enrolled in Extended Opportunities Programs and Services.
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