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SNAP FY 2022 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

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DATE: August 16, 2021
SUBJECT: SNAP – Fiscal Year 2022 Cost-of-Living Adjustments
TO: All State Agencies
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

This memorandum provides the federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments for the 48 contiguous states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, COLAs are effective as of Oct. 1, 2021. FNS previously released income eligibility standards and deductions for FY 2022 for SNAP on Aug. 9, 2021.

Maximum allotments will increase for the 48 states and D.C., Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For a family of four receiving a maximum allotment in the 48 states and D.C., benefits will be $835. Maximum allotments for a family of four will increase to a range of $1,074 to $1,667 in Alaska, to $1,573 in Hawaii, to $1,231 in Guam and to $1,074 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The minimum benefit for the 48 states and D.C. will increase to $20 and will also increase in Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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. Regional office staff with questions should contact Arpan Dasgupta at

Sasha Gersten-Paal
Program Development Division


Page updated: May 17, 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.