SNAP for College Students

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If you're already on SNAP, learn more about the SNAP Time Limits at

Being a college student is hard work! Not just academically, but financially too. Students 18-49 who attend higher education at least half time may be eligible for SNAP by meeting income guidelines and additional criteria.

1. Income: Those who fall below Oregon's Income Guidlines may be eligible for SNAP: 

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Monthly amounts go up $642 for each additional person.

*Students attending class less than half time and those age 50+ do not need to meet additional criteria, only income.

2. Additional Criteria: Students who meet income guidelines may qualify if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Paid employee working an average of 20 hours a week
  • Self employed at least 20 hours each week and have a countable monthly income of at least $1247 after business costs
  • Working in a federally funded work-study program at any number of hours
  • Responsible for the care of a child (age requirements apply)
  • Recieving TANF 
  • In a Workforce Investment Act training program
  • Receiving Unemployment Compensation
  • Participating in at least one Employment Department training program
  • Unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties

Other factors affecting eligibility:

  • Students cannot be participating in any school meal plan. 
  • Students on a break from school must still meet student criteria. 
  • Students under the age of 22 who still live with their family must apply with their family.
  • Financial aid recieved through the Veterans Administration or private scholarships count as income.

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.

How to 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, which 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.


DHS Student SNAP Eligibility

Student Eligibility Flyer (PDF 281KB)

Student Eligibility Flyer - Spanish (PDF 308KB)

Portland State University: Nutrition, it's a SNAP!


Caroline Pope, 211info
Food Access and SNAP Specialist
971-266-2903, [email protected]