How a college student can get Food Stamps in Florida part # 2

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Today we will be continuing this journey we started in trying to help college students. If you have any questions we are here for you. Please ask us and give us feedback

6.  Self employment work with an average of total 80 hr per month and receiving payment for this work. It does not matter what self employment it is.

7. Participating in a state or federal financed work study program during the regular school term.

8. Participation in a on the job training program.  Only applies when the employer is training the person.

9. Responsible for taking care of a member in the case under the age of 6

10. Single parent enrolled full time is school and is taking care of a child 12 years or younger.

11. Receiving Cash assistance.

12. Enrolled in school because participating in the JOBS program or its successor program.

13. Former foster child in the Road to Independence program

14. Assigned or placed In a institution of higher learning through the Job training partnership act, FSET (Food Stamp employment and training program), or the regional workforce board and coalition contract.


That’s it. There you have it. All you need to know about in order to get food stamps if you are a college student.  I hope you can share this to as many as people as possible in any school of higher education. They deserve the right to know.











How a college student can get Food Stamps in Florida part # 1

Have you ever noticed that college/university students always get screwed one way or another? Besides the pressures of passing with high grades, parent expectations, the heavy financial burden to pay 20,000+. Not to mention the majority of these students are under the age of 21 and trying to find themselves. There are just too many things in a students head. Eating should not be one of them…………If you were ever a broke college student, you can understand. The Department of Children and Families in Florida has an interesting policy that many do not know. If you are a college student, you are not eligible to get food assistance unless you meet a few requirements. Well today, this one is for you college students. We want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need to be able to make a hard situation a bit bearable.

Today we are going to talk about student college student eligibility. Yes, it sounds boring but stay awake with us just for a moment. These policies might just help you get food when you have nothing in your refrigerator but hot dogs and water, and let’s not forget those famous ramen noodle soups.

To start this is going to be a bit long so I’m going to go ahead and break this down into 3 separate articles. There are 15 total things that can make a college student eligible in this article, however we are going to cover the first 5 here. If you have any questions please ask them. We are here to help you

1. If you are 17 years old or younger. Or if you are 50 years old and over.

2. If you are attending high school: This is where it gets a bit tricky. These schools are 1. High school ( including combined high school/college, adult high school, and GED program). 2. Participating in the on-the-job training program. 3. Attending school less than half-time or enrolled in schools/ training programs which are not institutions of higher education.

3. Physically or mentally unfit: (receiving temporary or permanent disability benefits from the government or private sources.)

4. Obviously physically or mentally unfit: The impairment is so severe that they are unable to work. If it is not obvious they will ask for written or verbal verification from a medical professional.

5. Working 80 hours per month and get paid to do that work: By working it doesn’t just mean you have a job. It also means self-employment.

This is part 1 of the article. Part 2 will be coming soon.

Different types of Medicaid in Florida part#2

Please read part 1 if you have not read it.

If you have, this is part 2

This is the continuation of part #1

  • MO Y: Individuals from age 19 to 21
  • MR R: Rap Medicaid( Cuban or Haitian Medicaid with parole)
  • MT A: Protected Medicaid for widows
  • MU: Emergency pregnancy Medicaid
  • MW A: Home and community-based services ( Waiver Programs)
  • NA R: Medically Needy
  • NM P: Medically Needy for a pregnant woman
  • NO Y: Medically Needy for individual 19-21.
  • NL A: Medically Needy Emergency assistance for a Noncitizen

There are countless others that exist. But the majority of them would not apply to many individuals and it is beyond the scope of this article. If you truly would like a list of the other types of Medicaid, then you can subscribe to our website and our staff will gladly send you an official list. If there are any other things you would like to know about. Please feel free to subscribe and write us.

Different types of Medicaid in Florida part#1

I know what you are thinking. Why should I waste my time reading this?How is this going to benefit me? The thing is, this is not for you to use now. It is for you to be aware of what exists so if one day you need one of these insurances, you know what to look for and how to get it.

There are many different types of medical insurance you can get in Florida with the Department of Children and Families. In this article, we are going to go through the list. In a future article, we are going to go through the steps you can take to see if you can qualify for one of these insurances. So stay posted.

How this is going to work is simple. We are first going to put the name that is used for the medical insurance. Then we are going to put what it stands for.

  • MA I: Aged out of foster care Medicaid
  • MCFE: Fostercare Medicaid
  • MA R: Parents and caretakes
  • ME C: Extended Medicaid due to Alimony
  • ME I: Transitional Medicaid due to Earned income
  • MH H: Hospice Medicaid (Community)
  • MH S: Hospice Medicaid (SSI)
  • MI A: Institutional Care Medicaid (Family Medicaid)
  • MI I: Institutional Care Medicaid
  • MI S: Institutional Care Medicaid (SSI)
  • ML A: Emergency Medical assistance for noncitizens.
  • MM C: Children from age 1-19
  • MM, I: Children from Birth-age 1.
  • MM P: Pregnant woman
  • MN: Presumptively eligible Newborn Medicaid

Please read part 2

How your foodstamps can increase in Florida

Have you ever wondered why you used to get X dollars of foodstamps one month and then all of a sudden it dropped to 15 dollars when you reapplied. There are many reasons why food stamps or SNAP can decrease. But there are a few things that cause it to increase. First things first,think of it like a scale. With food stamps on one side of the scale, and one of these reasons on the other. It’s a balance.

1. Decrease in earned income (job, and self employment) or unearned income (Child support/ unemployment comp, Social security). If income of the home goes down, foodstamps increases because there is less money to buy food.

2. Increase in rent/mortgage/homeowners insurance/ property tax/ condo/rent maintance. (These are the only home expenses that actually cause the benefits to increase). What you don’t know is that home expenses are never fully counted, only a prorated(part of, not counted fully)amount is counted. However these specific expenses are what causes the benefits to increase or decrease. Example: Your rent use to be 1200. Then you reapplied and it decreased to 800 because you moved or expenses changed. Your food assistance will decrease because you have less expenses, which means you have more money to buy food .

3. Utility cost: You should know, that The Department of Children and Families does not count utilities as regular expenses. They are credits. Let’s say your electric bill was 100.00 this month and now it’s 300.00. You tell yourself you are going to report it because you want your foodstamps to increase, it will not. If you pay 1 dollar or 1,000,000,000 dollars. It does not matter. It’s a credit in the budget.

Expenses that are counted in budgeting

  1. Electricity ( Heating and cooling is also something that will change your foodstamps amount. All that means is basically if you pay for air conditioner separate from the electricity)
  2. Water
  3. Phone
  4. Gas for the home (Not for the any vehicle)
  5. Coal/Wood
  6. Fuel/oil (home)
  7. Trash removal

Expenses that are not covered in budgeting

  1. Car payment
  2. Car insurance
  3. Gas for any vehicle
  4. Internet
  5. Cable
  6. Credit card payments
  7. Student loan.

4. Daycare or childcare: These count towards the increase in food stamps. There is a point however where once you hit 200.00, you need to provide proof for this expense to be counted. Before,then it is client statement (no proof needed). Proof can be a letter from the daycare or a receipt or a letter from the person who takes care of your child.

5. Medical expenses: This however only deals with elderly or disabled individuals. The amount needs to surpass $35.00 montly.

6. Child support payments: In order for this to count, the payment must be court ordered for a child outside of the home. Proof is required if the worker can not verify through the child support system.

That’s it. Those 6 simple things are the difference between x amount of foodstamps or 15 dollars.

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