Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible for SNAP benefits?

  • All types of people and households can be eligible for SNAP.  SNAP eligibility is determined based on household income and other criteria. Check out SNAP Eligibility to learn about student eligibility.

How long do the SNAP benefits last?

  • If you are found eligible for SNAP, you will receive a notice that tells you for how long you will receive SNAP benefits - this is called your certification period. Before your certification period ends, you will receive a notice that says you must re-certify to continue receiving benefits. Your local SNAP office will provide you with information about how to re-certify.

I am not a U.S. citizen, does this mean I will not be eligible?

  • Many non-U.S. citizens are eligible for SNAP. Visit here to help you determine if you are eligible. 

How long will it be before I receive SNAP benefits?

  • It can take up to 30 days to receive SNAP benefits. Some people or households are eligible for expedited/emergency SNAP which can be available sooner, within seven days.

I have a meal plan on campus.  Am I eligible?

  • Students with a meal plan on campus are not eligible for SNAP benefits.

I live with other people. Do I have to put their names on the application?

  • If you buy and prepare food together with the people that you live with, then all members of the household should apply together. If you live with other people but do not share expenses for food with them, then each member of the household should apply separately - and you do not have to put their names on your application. 

How do I find out about the status of my application?

  • If you applied for SNAP benefits online, you can check the status of your application at If you applied by paper application, you can contact your Department of Human Services caseworker.

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