#KeepTheCompact Reminder and Expanded Eligibility for SNAP

April 01, 2021

Dear Students,

Happy April! It’s hard for me to believe that the month of commencement is here. We are still collecting stories from graduates of the people who have made your time at Columbia meaningful. Send us photos or videos that are 15 seconds or less, filmed vertically on your phone or computer, by April 5th for consideration for this Spring's commencement ceremony!

Keep the Compact
As the weather gets nice and you engage with friends, remember to keep your face covering on and stay physically distant, both inside and outside. These measures are still imperative to keeping each other and our community healthy and safe.

Expanded Eligibility for SNAP
Congress recently expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for a large number of students in the recent COVID-19 relief bill. Eligible students who are enrolled in college at least half-time and who are eligible to participate in federal or state work-study programs (even if they don't anticipate holding a job) or who do not have an Expected Family Contribution may qualify for SNAP if they meet all other financial and non-financial SNAP eligibility criteria. You can apply online, and check out the USDA FAQs for students. If you need confidential help applying, you can contact the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP).

I’m always reachable at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. I wish you a safe, great end of your week!

Take care,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Office of University Life
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