Skip to content Skip to navigation
See our Campus Ready site for the most up to date information about instruction.Campus ReadyCOVID Help
Office of Leadership, Service and Career

Student Eligibility

Please Keep the following in mind when applying for CalFresh:

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

  • International, DACA, and DREAM students are 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 live on campus and don't have a meal plan that covers 11 or more meals a week

  • Students who live on campus and recieve the Unlimited Meal Plan are not eligible.

  • Students who live with their parents and are under the age of 22 must apply with them.

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, 2021 - September 30, 2022

Household Size

Gross Monthly Income

Maximum Allotment

1 $2,148 $250
2 $2,904 $459
3 $3,660 $658
4 $4,418 $835
5 $5,174 $992
6 $5,930 $1,190
7 $6,688 $1,316
8 $7,444 $1,504

*The maximum allotment is not guaranteed.