Food assistance available for students in occupational programs

Low-income students enrolled in career and technical education programs at St. Clair County Community College may be eligible for food assistance.

Are you enrolled in a career and technical education program at SC4? You may now be eligible for SNAP food assistance benefits. SC4 occupational programs that qualify include:

  • Accounting
  • Allied Health
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering Technology
  • General Business
  • Graphic Design
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Networking/Infrastructure
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Transition ADN Program

Michigan residents in college career and technical education programs at St. Clair County Community College are now eligible to receive food assistance if they meet other eligibility requirements. The Michigan Departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are encouraging students to review the eligibility requirements and apply for food assistance benefits online at www.Michigan.gov/MIBridges

LEO and MDHHS sought and received federal approval for the new initiative to address rising food insecurity among students that have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

College students in Michigan are now eligible for SNAP if they meet income and other program requirements and are enrolled at least half-time in an occupational program that leads to employment under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the Twenty-First Century Act of 2018, also known as “Perkins V.” 

For anyone currently enrolled in a Perkins V program with an existing food assistance case who has experienced a loss of income, their MDHHS caseworker will determine Perkins program status to ensure the benefits are correct. Any Perkins student who wants to apply for food assistance should provide documentation from St. Clair County Community College that outlines their major and program or course of study to assist in determining their eligibility for SNAP. Examples could include a proof of registration and a document showing their major, program, or course of study. A caseworker will use that information to determine eligibility.

Students interested in applying for food assistance can go to www.Michigan.gov/MIBridges.