SNAP Benefits Eligibility for Students

Hey students, did you know that in Oregon, college student eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recently changed? SNAP is a food assistance program that provides monthly benefits to help you pay for food. SNAP is also sometimes referred to as food stamps, EBT and in Oregon it is also called the Oregon Trail card.

SNAP helps many students to complete their studies and not let financial stress get in the way of their goals. College student eligibility guidelines in Oregon have recently changed. More students in Oregon are eligible 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. Those who fall below Oregon’s income guidelines may be eligible for SNAP if they meet this new criteria: students need to let Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) know what the student’s intended job will be after completing their education. DHS wants to understand the link between a student’s education and employment. More information about this requirement can be found at https://oregonhunger.org/snap-for-students/

Though many more students in Oregon will qualify for SNAP under the new criteria, some may not (such as graduate students). For these students, there are still other ways to qualify.

● Be awarded work study–a student does not need to have a position secured when they apply, but a student needs to intend to find a position in the coming school term.

● Paid employee or self employed working an average of 20 hours a week

● Unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties

● Responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)

● Participating in a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) approved program. Find these programs on the Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)–list sorted by school

● Receiving TANF

● Receiving Unemployment Compensation

Please see this website for more details on college student SNAP eligibility: https://oregonhunger.org/snap-for-students/

If you think you might be eligible, you can apply for SNAP through the online application here: https://apps.state.or.us/onlineApplication/