What is Florida Access? Whether you just moved to Florida or simply haven’t heard of it before, Florida Access is a great tool to help you access financial aid programs – so here’s everything you need to know for applying now!
What is Florida Access?
Florida Access is a system created by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Access stands for Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency. Florida Access allows you to submit one application in order to be considered for Florida’s financial aid programs, such as the Florida Food Assistance Program (also known as SNAP or food stamps), temporary cash assistance, and Medicaid. You can also check on the status of your applications through Florida Access.
The system is accessible 24 hours and 7 days a week, so you can submit or check on your application at any time.
What benefits can you get through Florida Access?
The Florida Department of Children and Families website offers the following benefits on its website as of November 2021:
- Food assistance
- Temporary cash assistance (which is given through the TANF, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program)
- Medicaid and Medicaid for pregnant women
- Disaster SNAP
- Refugee services
By submitting an application through the website, you will apply for all of these programs at once and be approved if you qualify.
Who qualifies for Florida Access?
Anyone can sign up for an account and submit an application through the system. Whether you qualify for the financial aid programs depends on the individual program’s requirements and your income, household size, expenses, and situation.
How do I apply for financial aid programs through Florida Access?
First, you will have to sign up for a My Access Florida account if you don’t already have one. There are two ways to do this. This website has a great walkthrough with images on how to sign up through either method.
What happens after I apply?
The Florida Department of Children and Families has created an informative video that has information on the next steps after your application.