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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Friday morning.
Our campus community still continues to face the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Food insecurity on college campuses throughout the United States was already prevalent, but the pandemic and its associated economic impacts have increased the number of individuals who are dependent on assistance for their daily meals.
Federal rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) have barred most college students from benefits. Recently, Congress authorized new flexibilities that increase access to the program for many previously excluded students. These changes remove the bar on student eligibility for students enrolled more than half-time and who either:
- are “eligible to participate in a State or federally financed work study program during the regular school year as determined by the institution of higher education,” or
- “in the current academic year, have an expected family contribution of $0 in accordance with part F of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965”
Students must also meet SNAP’s U.S. citizenship or immigration status rules and other financial eligibility rules. The new SNAP rules will remain in effect until 30 days after the current federal public health emergency declaration is lifted.
Under the Families First Corona Virus Response Act, all SNAP households qualify for the maximum SNAP benefit monthly amount for as long as both a state and federal public health declaration are in effect.
Soon, Louisiana Tech’s Office of Financial Aid will be reaching out to students who are eligible for Pell grants or work-study employment about the new SNAP opportunity. I hope that the students who are eligible for this assistance will take advantage of it.
While we wait for our state’s Department of Children and Family Services to receive more guidance for colleges and universities, our students have access to food assistance through the Good Nutrition Mission Food Pantry. More information on the pantry, visit latech.edu/food-pantry or email GoodNutrition@latech.edu.
COVID-10 Health & Safety Reminders
As we move forward, continue to wear your masks and wash your hands. Practice physical distancing while we wait for our time to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and PLEASE schedule your regular COVID-19 test this week.
Free PCR testing at the Argent Alumni Pavilion will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. The link to register for testing is http://health.questdiagnostics.com/STLOU.
TechCare in the Lambright Center will continue free antigen testing from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday, with a break for lunch. Schedule your free test at https://gctechcare.simplybook.me/v2/#book.