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Student Eligibility

Please Keep the following in mind when applying for CalFresh:

  • Unpaid internships or volunteer work do not count towards the work requirement

  • Students who live with their parents must be 22 years of age or older to apply as an individual household

  • International, DACA, and DREAM students may not be eligible, even with a work VISA/SSN

  • Students with a state certified disability only need to meet basic eligibility

  • You have the right to apply for CalFresh even if it seems like you may not be eligible.

 

Apply directly for CalFresh online or book an application assistance appointment


1. I am a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident

2. I don't have a meal plan or I have a meal plan that covers less than 11 meals a week

3. I meet all of the following:

  • Between the age of 18 - 49

  • Enrolled in college at least half time

  • Physically and mentally fit for employment

4. I meet at least one of the following student qualifications:

  • Have been granted TANF funded Cal Grant A or B.

  • Eligible for Federal Work Study (temporary changes)

  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0  (temporary changes)

  • Work an average of at least 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month

  • Enrolled in a program that increases employability (full list of programs listed here):

    • Fiat Lux

    • Guardian Scholars

    • Registered with the UC Merced Student Accessibility Services Office

  • Are a full-time student with a child under age 12

  • Are a part-time student with a child under age 6 or a child age 6-11 without adequate child care

  • Are enrolled in a CalFresh employment and training or another job training program accepted by CalFresh

  • Do not intend to enroll for the next school term.

More Information about student exemptions can be found here.

5. I make less than the gross monthly income stated in the table below:

  • Household size is defined as an individual or group of people who buy and prepare food together.

  • Housemates/roommates are not considered part of your household if you do not buy and prepare food together.

Income Guidelines

October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income

Maximum Allotment

1 $2,128 $204
2 $2,874 $374
3 $3,620 $535
4 $4,368 $680
5 $5,114 $807
6 $5,860 $696
7 $6,608 $1,071
8 $7,354 $1,224

*The maximum allotment is not guaranteed.