PENNSYLVANIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS CAN NOW QUALIFY FOR FOOD BENEFITS

Students at Pennsylvania’s community colleges could now be eligible for food stamps, due to a change in how state officials interpret a federal rule.

Federal food stamp rules say students at institutions of higher learning must meet a work requirement to qualify for the program, but the change means most income-eligible community college students would now be exempt because their studies would count as an employment training program.

The move is designed to make getting an education easier as many students report a high occurrence of food insecurity issues.

Students will need to provide information on the status of their education when applying for benefits.

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