To be eligible, you must meet certain income tests. Some households must meet both the gross and net income tests. A household with a person age 60 or older or a disabled person only has to meet the net income test. The net income limit for a family of 4 is approximately $1,921. If everyone in your household receives SSI or TANF, you do not need to meet any income tests.

Your total income, before taxes or any other subtractions, is called gross income. However, certain subtractions to your gross income, called deductions, are allowed. Deductions can be for things like housing costs, child support payments, monthly medical expenses over $35 for people over age 60 or disabled people, or child-care costs. The amount left over after these deductions are taken is called net income.

The amount of SNAP you receive depends on how much money your household has, how many people live in your household, and your expenses. It is important to discuss your situation with a SNAP worker.