Resource | Regulations
Standard Utility Allowances

States annually update Standard Utility Allowances (SUAs) to reflect changes in utility costs. When determining a household’s eligibility, states consider a household’s total shelter costs, including the cost of utilities. Since actual utility costs are often hard to determine, states can use a SUA, which is the average cost of utilities in the state or local area.  Different states may use different terms to describe these allowances.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the SNAP

USDA proposes updating the regulations to refine categorical eligibility requirements based on receipt of TANF benefits. Specifically, the Department proposes: (1) to define “benefits” for categorical eligibility to mean ongoing and substantial benefits; and (2) to limit the types of non-cash TANF benefits conferring categorical eligibility to those that focus on subsidized employment, work supports and childcare. The proposed rule would also require state agencies to inform FNS of all non-cash TANF benefits that confer categorical eligibility.

Resource | Comment Request
Revision of Categorical Eligibility in SNAP - Reopening of Comment Period

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) proposed to make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Asisstance Program (SNAP) regulations to refine categorical eligibility requirements based on receipt of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits. To aid the public's review of the rulemaking, FNS is providing an informational analysis regarding the potential impacts on participants in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The agency is extending the comment period to provide the public an opportunity to review and provide comment on this document as part of the rulemaking record. Comments that do not pertain to the issues referenced in this additional document are not germane to the extended comment period and will not be accepted.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0059
SNAP - Fiscal Year 2020 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the FY 2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustments to the SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2019.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2019-0001
CSFP Income Guidelines for 2019

This memorandum transmits the 2019 Income Guidelines for state agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations in determining the eligibility of individuals applying to participate in CSFP. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0012
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (2018-2019)

WIC Policy Memo #2018-1. This policy memorandum transmits the new Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that were published in the Federal Register on April 3, 2018.

2018-1
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0021
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines 2017-2018

This policy memorandum transmits the new Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children that were published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2017.

WIC Policy Memo #2017-3
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0015
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (2016-2017)

This policy memorandum transmits the 2016-2017 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that were published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2016.

2016-3
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0021
WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (2015-2016)

This policy memorandum transmits the new Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) that were published in the Federal Register on March 31, 2015.

2015-5