The amount of income you can have and still qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits depends on the size of your SNAP unit and whether anyone in your household is elderly or disabled. Everyone who lives together and purchases and prepares meals together is grouped together as one SNAP household. You can view the monthly income limits on the DHS website.
Most households have to meet both a monthly gross income test and a monthly net income test to be eligible for SNAP benefits. Gross income is the amount of income before any deductions are taken out. Net income is the amount of income after deductions such as taxes or child support are taken out. Households with one or more elderly or disabled members only have to meet the net income test. See details here.
Asset limits for SNAP
In some situations, there are also asset limits for SNAP. Assets are the things that you have that are worth money. Under the requirements for SNAP, you do not need to meet any asset limits unless one of the following is true:
- Someone in your household has been disqualified because of an Intentional Program Violation (IPV) or has a work provision sanction. To qualify for SNAP benefits in this case, the asset limit for the rest of the household is $2,250; or
- Your household has an elderly or disabled member and your total household income is more than 200% of the US Federal Poverty Guidelines. To qualify for SNAP benefits in this case, the asset limit is $3,250.
Updated: October 2016