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.
Apply for SNAP
- Apply for SNAP online
- Get a downloadable paper application and more info from Oregon's Department of Human Resources benefits page
Wondering if you are eligible?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
- Review this primer on SNAP eligibility and step-by-step guidance through the application, put together by MD student Madi Egan. See the slides here
- SNAP application assistance from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
- View some helpful videos from the University of Oregon
- See the Multnomah County SNAP page, which has outreach specialists who can help plus useful general info and FAQ (including on eligibility for college students). Also view the Washington County SNAP page, or this list to find your local office.
|Paul Gardneremail@example.com||Access Services Manager, OHSU Library|
|Andrew Justicia, BA, TESOLfirstname.lastname@example.org||Program Manager, Student Diversity Retention and Recruitment, Center for Diversity and Inclusion|
|Emily Hillhouse, MA, PhDemail@example.com||Learning Specialist, Student Academic Support Services|
|Jodi DeMunter, MDfirstname.lastname@example.org||Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness|
|Tami Buedefeldtemail@example.com||Director of Admissions, School of Nursing|
|Nicky Ulrichfirstname.lastname@example.org||Food Resource Center Coordinator|
|Katrin Richteremail@example.com||Senor Campus Associate, OHSU School of Nursing at Monmouth Campus|
|Traci Rader, MSN, RNfirstname.lastname@example.org||Instructor of Clinical Nursing, OHSU School of Nursing at Monmouth Campus|
|Jennifer Cai, MPH, MCHESemail@example.com||Wellness and Outreach Program Manager, Student Health|
|Hannah Hamlingfirstname.lastname@example.org||PAS Specialist, Student Health and Wellness|
|Beckie Juarezemail@example.com||Diversity Coordinator, OHSU School of Nursing, La Grande Campus|
|Kalistah Cosand, MSfirstname.lastname@example.org||Administrative Coordinator, Radiation Therapy and Medical Physics Program|
|Wes Studeremail@example.com||Administrative Assistant, Center for Diversity and Inclusion|
|Angie Stapletonfirstname.lastname@example.org||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?
- Watch the recording from our March 2021 SNAP Support Team refresher plus Q&A with the Multnomah County SNAP team regarding the recent SNAP expansion for students. (Password is XwpSDRE3). Or, view just the slides from our March 2021 SNAP Support Team refresher.
- Watch MD student Madi Egan's Primer on SNAP eligibility with step-by-step guidance through the application. View the slides here
- Watch the initial training session covering general SNAP information, eligibility, and related community food resources. (Password is Yg6x4Mkq)
- Review the Powerpoint slides of how the SNAP Support Team program works, including additional resources for volunteers
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org