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SNAP enrollment assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

March 11, 2021 update: SNAP eligibility has temporarily expanded further and more OHSU students will likely be eligible.  More details will be sent out in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you are interested in SNAP and meet the below criteria OR have an EFC of 0 on the FAFSA, you may want to consider applying for SNAP.  

SNAP is a federal and state funded program that provides food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. There is special eligibility criteria for students.  Have a question or need help?  Just email one of OHSU's trained SNAP Support Team volunteers.

SNAP flier for OHSU students with information regarding eligibility and how to qualify for SNAP

Apply for SNAP

Wondering if you are eligible?

View general SNAP eligibility criteria and specific eligibility criteria for students.  

You may be eligible if you meet the income guidelines found here, and any of the following are true.  You only need to meet one to move on to apply for benefits.

  • You qualify based on previous guidelines for students, such as: being in an undergraduate program leading directly to your intended career, working an average of 20 hours or more a week, being unable to work due to physical or physiological difficulties, being responsible for the care of a child, or other specific situations (see the Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon college students site for more details).   OR
  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $0 on the FAFSA in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View instructions on how to check for a zero EFC   OR
  • You are eligible for eligible for federally financed workstudy in the 2020-21 academic year.  You will only want to submit this request if you do not meet one of the first two criteria. Please email finaid@ohsu.edu with a subject line of ‘SNAP Workstudy Eligibility’ requesting that the financial aid office check your eligibility for federal workstudy.   It may take up to two business days for the office to respond.

Final eligibility can only be determined by the Department of Human Services once you submit an application, so we encourage you to apply if you think there's any chance you might qualify.   

Reasons to apply

The money you save could have a BIG impact on your family budget! As part of your SNAP benefits, you may be eligible for:

  • Economic deferment to help pay back federal student loans
  • Double SNAP dollars at many local farmers' markets
  • $5 tickets to some cultural events and art shows
  • Phone payment assistance program can reduce your costs by as much as 50%
  • Free or reduced-cost school meals if you have children in K-12
  • Nutrition education with food vouchers from Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Funds you receive and spend locally also support Oregon's economy and local businesses such as farmers' markets.

Stuck or want help applying?

Online resources:

Personal support:

  • Speak with a trained SNAP volunteer at OHSU. See their names and contact information in the SNAP Support Team section below.
  • If you live in Multnomah County, contact the MC SNAP Outreach Team
  • Contact 2-1-1, a nonprofit that connects people with health and social service resources
Name Email address Department
Paul Gardner gardnepa@ohsu.edu Access Services Manager, OHSU Library
Andrew Justicia, BA, TESOL justicia@ohsu.edu Program Manager, Student Diversity Retention and Recruitment, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Emily Hillhouse, MA, PhD hillhous@ohsu.edu Learning Specialist, Student Academic Support Services
Jodi DeMunter, MD demunter@ohsu.edu Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness
Tami Buedefeldt buedefel@ohsu.edu Director of Admissions, School of Nursing
Nicky Ulrich ulrichn@ohsu.edu Food Resource Center Coordinator
Katrin Richter richteka@ohsu.edu Senor Campus Associate, OHSU School of Nursing at Monmouth Campus
Traci Rader, MSN, RN radert@ohsu.edu Instructor of Clinical Nursing, OHSU School of Nursing at Monmouth Campus
Jennifer Cai, MPH, MCHES caije@ohsu.edu Wellness and Outreach Program Manager, Student Health
Hannah Hamling hamling@ohsu.edu PAS Specialist, Student Health and Wellness
Beckie Juarez juarezr@ohsu.edu Diversity Coordinator, OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande Campus
Kalistah Cosand, MS cosand@ohsu.edu Administrative Coordinator, Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics Program
Wes Studer studer@ohsu.edu Administrative Assistant, Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Angie Stapleton stapleta@ohsu.edu Education and Training Coordinator, OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

Please document the support you provided to each student via this short survey

New to the program or need a refresher?

Help us spread the word:

  • Help us spread the word about SNAP and the Student Food Resource Center to OHSU students!  You can use this one-slide version or more in-depth PowerPoint to share at meetings, presentations, or other outreach.  
  • Email us at food@ohsu.edu with what group you presented for and how many students attended.

Other helpful resources:

  • Consider using this SNAP checklist to guide your work with students
  • Also, check out this helpful SNAP Application Assistance Guide and SNAP College Toolkit from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
  • If you're working with a student: View the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act's Eligible Training Provider List.  Those participating in one of these programs may meet the student criteria for participating in SNAP.  We are not aware of any OHSU programs being on this list, but students outside of OHSU may qualify. 
  • Have questions or need support? Email demunter@ohsu.edu