More college students than ever are struggling with hunger. SNAP is a resource that can help. 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

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

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
  • Students attending community college and enrolled in a course or program of study that is considered:
    • A Career and Technical Education (CTE) course or program. This can include prerequisites.
    • A Career Pathways course or program. This can include prerequisites.
    • A course considered by the community college college to be remedial, adult basic education, literacy or English as a second language.
    • Students will need to have the community college verification form completed by an informed school representative confirming their enrollment in these courses or programs of study.
  • 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 parents must apply with their parents.
  • 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 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.

Learn how to make the most of your SNAP

Visit SNAP-Ed Connection

Additional Resources

DHS Student SNAP Eligibility


Student Eligibility Flyer


Student Eligibility Flyer – Spanish


SNAP Community College Verification DHS Form


Student Eligibility Bookmark


Have Questions?

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