CalFresh 101

What Is CalFresh?

CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a nutrition program that can help you stretch your monthly budget by as much as $234 per month! CalFresh can provide eligible students with the ability to buy and eat nutritious and healthy foods!

CalFresh benefits are pre-loaded monthly into an EBT card that can be used like a debit card at most major chain grocery stores, like Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Costco. It can also be used at some smaller stores, and farmers’ markets.

Who Qualifies?

AB1930 has made CalFresh more inclusive for college student enrollment. If you have any of the following qualifications, you are potentially eligible for CalFresh:

  • Approved for Work Study 
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $0 on your financial aid award letter
  • Work Part-Time (work 20 or more hours a week, or average about 80 hours a month)
  • Receive CalGrants A or B
  • Participate in an Extended Foster Care (AB 12/AB 212) Program
  • Have a dependent under 12
  • Campus Employment 
  • Chafee Educational Training Voucher Program

Still Don't Know If You Qualify?

Take our CalFresh Pre-Screener Survey to see if you might be eligible.

If you think you may be eligible to receive CalFresh benefits, please visit the "How to Apply" page for more information or start your online application today. If you have any questions or concerns regarding CalFresh, email calfresh@ucsc.edu.