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SNAP - FY 2015 Cost of Living Adjustments

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DATE: August 1, 2014
SUBJECT: SNAP - Fiscal Year 2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments
TO: All Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of2008, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2014.

Attached are FY 2015 COLAs for the 48 contiguous states and D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. COLAs for Alaska and Hawaii are also included, except for the maximum allotments which will follow under separate cover.

Maximum allotments will increase for the 48 states and D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For a family of four receiving a maximum allotment, benefits will increase from $632 to $649, an increase of $17. Updates for Alaska and Hawaii will be released later in August as the Food and Nutrition Service will not receive the Thrifty Food Plan for these areas until mid-August.

The shelter cap values increased $12 to $490 for the 48 states and D.C. The shelter cap values for Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands also increased. The minimum standard deduction for household sizes 1 through 3 increased to $155 a month for the 48 states and D.C. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also experienced minimal increases in their standard deduction amounts.

Regional offices should ensure that their states are apprised of these changes. State agencies with questions regarding these adjustments should contact their respective regional office representatives.

Lizbeth Silbermann
Program Development Division


Page updated: January 11, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.