SNAP for College Students

Contact: Katie Furia

SNAP Outreach Manager

Email, (503) 595-5501 ext. 308

Being a college student is hard work! Not just academically, but financially too. Many students are surprised to learn they may be eligible for SNAP (food stamps). Students who meet income guidelines may qualify if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Full-time student who works at least 20 hours per week
  • Full-time single student who is caring for children younger than the age of 12
  • Full-time married student who is caring for children younger than the age of 6
  • At least a half-time student who is actively working any hours in a work-study program
  • New policy effective Oct. 1, 2011: Students who receive unemployment benefits are exempt from the 20-hours per week work requirement. 

Note: federal financial aid including Pell grants, Perkins loans, Stafford loans and most work-study is not counted as income against student eligibility. Students may defer federal student loan payments while receiving SNAP benefits without incurring interest charges.

Apply for SNAP

How to use SNAP once you are approved

SNAP benefits will be made available to you on a monthly basis. Funds appear on your Oregon Trail EBT card.

Your EBT card looks and works like a debit card. You swipe it as you would a debit card, select “EBT” as the payment method, and enter the pin # that was assigned to you. No one except the cashier will know that it is an EBT card.


Student Eligibility Flyer (PDF 158KB)
Portland State University: Nutrition, it's a SNAP!