Federal COVID-19 Benefits Available – Student Services

February 2, 2022

Find out about benefit opportunities you may be eligible for to help you during the pandemic.

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There are several opportunities to help students obtain federal benefits related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the information below and use the links to access full benefit details and eligibility requirements.

Recovery Rebate Credit / Economic Impact Payment

Students or parents who have not already received an economic impact payment under the U.S. bailout may be eligible for a $1,400 per person recovery rebate credit when they file taxes in 2022 To be eligible for the full amount, a student/parent should be one of the following:

  • Single and earning less than $75,000/year;
  • Head of household and earns less than $112,500/year; Where
  • Married and the couple earns less than $150,000.

For more information on eligibility, visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments website.

Affordable Broadband Service Program (EBBP)

The goal of this $14.2 billion program is to provide eligible low-income households, particularly households with students, with access to broadband service at an affordable rate. Eligible households can receive a benefit of up to $30.00 on their monthly internet bill. You can get details about Emergency Broadband Assistance Program website.

Households that were fully enrolled in EBBP as of December 31, 2021 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Some participating providers are also offering an additional one-time benefit of up to $100.00 on a device connected. (desktop, laptop or tablet) provided by that Participating Supplier. Households are required to contribute more than $10.00 but less than $50.00 for this connected device.

Eligible households must enroll in the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.

Child tax credit

The US bailout increased the Child tax credit 2021 to support families with children. Eligible persons may receive up to $3,600.00 for each child under age 6 and up to $3,000 for each child between the ages of 6 and 17, if the child has lived with them for more than the half of 2021 and the student or parent is either a single parent earning less than $112,500 or is married and earning less than $150,000.

Most individuals should have received the tax credit automatically, but if they did not and qualify, they should receive the full amount of the credit when they file their 2022 tax return The credit is fully refundable, meaning even those who owe no tax can claim the full amount and get a refund equal to the full amount of the credit.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program that provides nutritional benefits to supplement the food budget of low-income individuals and families so they can purchase healthy foods. Eligible students can use SNAP benefits to purchase food for their household, including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, breads, cereals, and other foods such as as snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Consolidated Credits Act of 2021 temporarily added two new provisions allowing student eligibility:

  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero (0) or
  • Eligible to participate in a state or federally funded work study.

You can find your local office or the State SNAP website using the SNAP State Resource Directory website. For more information on student eligibility and other student exemptions, visit the SNAP Student Website.

Other federal assistance

Examples of other federal assistance you may be eligible for:

Housing assistance

The US bailout has expanded many COVID-19 housing supports for landlords, renters and landlords who may struggle to pay their rent or mortgage. Links to available resources and applications are available through the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Unemployment insurance

If you became unemployed through no fault of your own (as determined by state law) and meet other state law eligibility requirements, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. .

  • Unemployment Insurance payments (benefits) are intended to provide temporary financial assistance to unemployed workers who meet the requirements of state law.
  • Each state administers a separate unemployment insurance program within guidelines established by federal law.
  • Eligibility for unemployment insurance, the amount of benefits, and the length of time benefits are available are determined by the law of the state under which unemployment insurance claims are established.

You can contact New Jersey unemployment as soon as possible after becoming unemployed.