SNAP Benefits

What is SNAP?

SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps and also known as Basic Food in Washington state, is a federal and state welfare program that issues monthly food assistance to low-income families and individuals.

Full-time college students (undergraduate and graduate) have to meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify for SNAP. Your monthly amount of SNAP benefits depends on your income. Click here for more information.

Click here for information about the application process.

If you have any questions about applying for SNAP benefits, OMA offers weekly drop-in hours for application assistance and questions. Contact grios@seattleu.edu for more information, or check ConnectSU for details.

What can I buy with SNAP?

With your EBT card, you can purchase fruits and vegetables; meat, poultry, and fish; dairy products; bread and cereals; and non-alcoholic beverages. You can buy any food as long as it is not hot and pre-prepared. Use this SNAP Retailer Locator to find stores near you that accept EBT.

How do I use my benefits?

DSHS will issue you an EBT card once you are approved for SNAP. This acts like a debit card and your benefits get automatically uploaded to it every month. You do not have to reapply every month to receive your benefits, only when your certification period is up (usually six to twelve months after approval).