What is CalFresh?

You may have financial aid to help pay for your education, but do you have food aid? CalFresh helps eligible students buy groceries!

CalFresh is a nutrition assistance program that helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need. CalFresh is the name of the USDA-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the state of California.

If you are interested in applying for CalFresh, email us at calfreshsacstate@gmail.com !

Photo above: CalFresh Debit Card that is re-loaded with
cash each month for eligible students to purchase groceries

Student Eligibility Information

If you are a college student between the ages of 18 and 49, enrolled in at least 6 units (or half-time as defined by your campus), you also need to meet AT LEAST ONE of the following student eligibility bullet points:

Students (as defined on the front) also need to meet AT LEAST ONE of the following:

  • Working and getting paid for at least 20 hours per week OR a total of 80 hours a month on average
  • Approved (or awarded or accepted) for federal or state work study, anticipates working, and have not refused a work assignment (can still be eligible even if a work study job   has not begun or is not currently available)
  • Students attending CSU or UC, receiving Cal Grant A OR B, and falling within the following qualifications: un‐married; AND 25 years of age or younger; AND household income less than $50,000 (per FAFSA application)
  • Enrolled in a state funded program that increases employability (EOP, EOPS, WIOA, DSPS, CARE, McNair, Puente Project, or MESA)*
  • Enrolled in a program that increases employability for current and former foster youth (Guardian Scholars, FYSI, CAFYES, ETV or Extended Foster Care) **
  • Exerting parental control over a dependent household member under the age of 6 OR between the age of 6 and 12 with no adequate childcare (as determined by the county on a case-by-case basis) OR are a single parent of a dependent household member under the age of 12
  • Participating in the CalFresh Employment and Training Program (CFET) or Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS), or be a recipient of CalWORKs or Aid to    Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)

If you are interested in talking with someone about student eligibility, e mail us at calfreshsacstate@gmail.com

Students can be eligible for up to $192/month, or more depending on household size:

Number People in Household

Gross Monthly Income Limit

Maximum CalFresh Allotment*
















A household is a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together.


Other things to Consider:

    • Students who live with their parents must be 22 years of age or older in order to apply as an individual household.
    • International, DACA, and DREAM students have been shown to not be eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN.
    • Out-of-state students can still be eligible for CalFresh if they are residing in California for the school year.
    • Student eligibility is based on enrollment at higher education institution, which are either: business, trade, technical or vocational schools normally requiring a high school diploma or GED to enroll; or a junior, community, two-year or four-year college or university, or gradu-ate school, regardless whether a high school diploma or GED is required.
    • Veterans and foster youth may have many different forms of income—the applicant’s eligibility worker will help them determine what income counts and what doesn't—all will need to be reported on the application.


    *Please see http://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/CalFresh-Resource-Center/Policy and scroll down to “CalFresh Student Eligibility: Approved Programs to Increase Employability” -

    **For program descriptions, please see ACL 17-05 by clicking here  

    If you are interested in making an appointment, email us at calfreshsacstate@gmail.com

    Funded by USDA SNAP, known in California as CalFresh, an equal opportunity provider and employer, and the California Department of Social Services.


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