SNAP Application Assistance

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

SNAP is a federal and state funded program providing food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Special criteria exists for students of higher education.

SNAP Eligability Income Guidelines
Income Guidelines for SNAP eligibility. To be considered for SNAP benefits, your monthly income should be at or below these guidelines. 1-person household: $1,968, 2-person household: $2658, 3-person household: $3,349. Monthly income guidelines go up $691 for each additional person.

Meeting with a SNAP Application Assistant

Our SNAP Application Assistants are providing virtual support to students during the Spring and Summer '20 remote terms. If you would like to speak with one of our SNAP Application Assistants, reach out to them to set up a time to meet virtually by phone or Zoom meeting. 

SNAP Assistants

Resident Academic Mentors (peer-to-peer assistance)
Virtual Hours:
Sunday 5:00-10:00pm
Monday-Thursday 2:00-10:00pm

PSU Food Pantry
Hunger Relief Coordinator (peer-to-peer assistance)
email to schedule

Courtney Shiroma, Housing and Residence Life
email to schedule

Justin Barrieault, SNAP Education & Training Case Manager
email to schedule

Lori Coulter, Transfer & Returning Student Resource Center
email to schedule

Mena, Queer Resource Center
Schedule an appointment with Mena

Prepare for your Meeting

Before your meeting with a SNAP Application Assistant, or applying for SNAP, here are some things you should know:

Household composition:

Who will be receiving SNAP benefits in your household? Are you preparing food just for yourself or for others in your household?  Social Security numbers are needed for each person in the household that purchases and prepares food together.


Be prepared to provide a list of all income from work and other sources for the last 30 days (grants, financial aid, etc.).

Housing & utility costs:

What is your monthly rent/mortgage. What utilities do you pay (separate them from the rent if combined).

Other allowable expenses:

Certain child care, medical, and court-ordered support can offset income providing a better benefit amount.

Undergraduate Student SNAP Eligibility

Eligibility is based mostly on monthly income. That includes earned income from work, as well as unearned income such as social security, disability, child support and more. For most Oregonians, resources such as a house, car or money in the bank do NOT count against eligibility. You may be able to get SNAP if you are working, receiving unemployment, or attending school. There are a few groups of people that have additional considerations when applying for SNAP. 

Students 18-49 who attend higher education at least half-time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.