Being a student is stressful enough. Worrying about whether or not your belly will be full enough to focus on school shouldn't be one of those stressors. SNAP benefits (food stamps) may alleviate some of the financial burdens related to purchasing healthy, nutritious, foods. The average one-person households receives $132/month for groceries, which can be used at convenience stores, grocery stores, the farmers’ market, and even OSU’s Cascadia Market.

NEW and updated Oregon SNAP rules for Undergraduate students:

Many students may be eligible for SNAP without even realizing it - eligibility rules have changed! If you are a student ages 18-49, enrolled at least part time in school, you may qualify for SNAP if you meet the income requirements and also:

  • intend to enter a job/career/paid employment after you graduate OSU. If this is true, you meet income qualifications, and are a domestic student/permanent resident, there are not work requirements. You should be prepared to tell a DHS worker about your career plans/ambitions but other/additional documentation is unlikely to be needed. 
      

Graduate Student Eligibility: 

Graduate student eligibility for SNAP can be a little complicated. You should consider working with our Basic Needs Navigator when you apply so that we can help you self-advocate, or interpret some of the complicated eligibility requirements. If you're a domestic student/permanent resident, if you are enrolled at least part time in school, you may qualify for SNAP if you meet the income requirements and also:

  • Work at least 20 hours per week,

or

  • Take care of a household or family member under the age of six,

or

  • Take part in a work study program,

or

  • Are taking care of a household member over five but under 12, and do not have child care that enables the individual to attend school and work a minimum of 20hr/ week,

or

  • Are unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties,

or

  • Receive Unemployment Compensation, TANF, WIA, or assistance benefits under Title IV-A of the Social Security Act. (For a full list of additional eligibility criteria, see here.)