What is SNAP?

SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps). SNAP helps qualifying people and families purchase the food they need. Benefits are loaded onto an ATM card that can be used at most grocery stores, and some farmer’s markets and online vendors. If you meet the requirements, you have a legal right to receive SNAP, and you are not taking away benefits from others. Only about 40% of students eligible for SNAP use it – get your SNAP dollars now!

Do I apply by myself, or with the people I live with?

If you purchase and prepare food with the people you live with, you should all apply together. If you do not, you should apply separately, but you will need to include their names on your individual applications. Spouses and children under 22 years old living with a parent/stepparent must always apply together.

Can I still apply if I don’t have an address?

Yes, an address is not needed for your application. We will help set up a mailing address for you. The Basic Needs Coordinator, Stella (, can also assist you with housing support during your SNAP application session.

What should I bring to my application appointment?
  • Proof of Identity & Citizenship (Government issued ID: Driver’s License, Passport, Birth Certificate, or Colorado ID)
  • Social Security Number (for everyone in the household if applying as a group or with dependents)
  • Proof of income (pay stubs, child support, social security, disability, pension, unemployment letter)
  • Proof of expenses
    • Housing (receipt/agreement for rent, mortgage, or lease)
    • Utility (gas, electricity, water, sewage, trash, telephone)
    • Childcare (name of caregiver, contact information, and receipt)
    • Medical bills (if you are disabled or a senior > 65 years old)
    • Tuition balances
Are graduate students eligible for SNAP?

Yes, they must meet the same eligibility requirements as undergraduate students and are likely to be accepted if they work 20 hours/week or participate in a work-study program. Income excluded from income limits include: deferred educational loans, grants and scholarships, and irregular income (< $30 per quarter).

When will I hear back about my application?

Your SNAP application will be processed within 30 days (7 days if you meet the guidelines for expedited SNAP benefits).

Check your eligibility


  1. You must meet ONE of these conditions:
    1. US Citizen*
    2. Legal Permanent Resident
  2. You must meet ALL the following to qualify as a student:
    1. Between 18-49 years old**
    2. Enrolled in at least 6 units**
    3. Not on a campus meal plan with ≥ 11 meals/week
  3. You must meet AT LEAST ONE additional student criteria:
    1. Awarded work-study OR work 80 hours/month
    2. Utilize disability services
    3. Receive TANF (Colorado Works)
    4. Are a parent/caregiver to a young child (<12)
    5. Participate in a workforce development program
    6. Temporary COVID-19 Expansion
      1. Expected Family Contribution=$0 OR Full Pell Grant Recipient
      2. Eligible for work-study
  4. Your monthly income must NOT EXCEED:
Household Size 1 2 3
Gross Income $2,148 $2,904 $3,660

+$758 for additional members

*Click here for non-citizen eligibility exemptions
**Students attending less than half-time and those ages 50+ do not need to meet additional student criteria (only income)

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