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Do you qualify for SNAP benefits?

You will need to:

  • Meet the income guidelines
  • Be enrolled in a college training or undergraduate program that leads to employment, or meet other eligibility criteria

Apply for SNAP benefits

You do not need to meet the work requirements.

Tapping into all the resources you qualify for can make a big difference – SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) and STEP can help! By accessing these important benefits to support yourself or your family, you are not taking away resources from another student or family. The programs are designed to respond to meet the needs of all who qualify – anyone who is eligible will receive benefits.


SNAP eligibility has been expanded for college students! If you meet the income guidelines, you can qualify when you’re enrolled in a college training or undergraduate program that leads to employment. (During an interview with a DHS worker, you will need to explain what job you intend to get when you complete your education pathway.) You no longer need to meet the work requirements to qualify for and maintain SNAP benefits.

Need help? If you would like to talk to someone about your situation, please schedule an appointment. We can help you connect to resources. Contact gethelp@pcc.edu or call 971-722-6555.

See more from Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon: SNAP for students.

Concerned about how SNAP could impact your immigration status? Know your rights and the facts! See Protecting Immigrant Families or call the Oregon Law Center-Legal Aid Services of Oregon Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292 for answers to your questions about public benefits and public charge.


If you are receiving SNAP, and completing your GED® tests, building your English skills, or pursuing a career focused program, the STEP program has added support and resources to help cover:

  • transportation
  • books
  • tools
  • tuition and fees not covered by financial aid

Taking advantage of all the resources and support available to you can increase your chances of completing college and starting a career that offers economic mobility for you, your family, and your community!

Our team supports all PCC locations. For general questions, please email cp@pcc.edu or call 971-722-6218. Get connected to Career Pathways and STEP.

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