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Do you qualify for SNAP Benefits?

You will need to:

  • Meet the income guidelines
  • Be enrolled in a college training or undergraduate program that leads to employment, or meet other eligibility criteria

Apply for SNAP Benefits »

You do not need to meet the work requirements.

Tapping into all the resources you qualify for can make a big difference - SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) and STEP can help! By accessing these important benefits to support yourself or your family, you are not taking away resources from another student or family. The programs are designed to respond to meet the needs of all who qualify - anyone who is eligible will receive benefits.


SNAP eligibility has been expanded for college students! If you meet the income guidelines, you can qualify when you're enrolled in a college training or undergraduate program that leads to employment. (During an interview with a DHS worker, you will need to explain what job you intend to get when you complete your education pathway.) You no longer need to meet the work requirements to qualify for and maintain SNAP Benefits.

See more from Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon: SNAP for students.

Concerned about how SNAP could impact your immigration status?  Know your rights and the facts! See Protecting Immigrant Families or Oregon Immigration Resource, or call the Oregon Law Center-Legal Aid Services of Oregon Public Benefits Hotline at 1-800-520-5292 for answers to your questions about public benefits and public charge.  

Did you know - 71% of community college students have unmet financial needs, meaning the cost of attending college is greater than the resources available to students. 60% of community college students report experiencing housing and food insecurity. It's never been more important for your future to earn college credentials. 80% of all jobs that offer a living wage require postsecondary education beyond high school. We can help you complete college and reach your career goals


If you are receiving SNAP, and completing your GED® tests, building your English skills, or pursuing a career focused program, the STEP program has added support and resources to help cover:

  • transportation
  • books
  • tools
  • tuition/fees not covered by financial aid

Taking advantage of all the resources and support available to you can increase your chances of completing college and starting a career that offers economic mobility for you, your family, and your community!

You can attend any info session or walk-in hours. You do not need to worry about attending the one at the campus you plan to attend. Our team supports all PCC campuses.

Information sessions

Campus Day/Time Location
Cascade Thursdays, 12-1pm Cascade Hall, Room 307
Rock Creek Wednesdays, 11am-12 noon Building 7, Room 107
Sylvania Mondays, 10-11am TCB, Room 214
Southeast Mondays, 12-1pm Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 125

Walk-in hours

Campus Day/Time Location Staff
Cascade Mondays, 9-11:30am Student Union Building, First Floor Info Desk  Ricci Elizabeth, Carolina Blanco
Thursdays, 9-12 noon
Rock Creek Mondays, 9am-12 noon Building 9, Room 102 Talina Villao
Fridays, 10am-1pm
Sylvania Tuesdays, 2-4pm CC Building, Room 222 Heather Smith
Thursdays, 9-11:30am
Southeast Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 106 Rotates

DHS SNAP Navigator

DHS (Department of Human Services) will have SNAP Navigators on campus weekly. The SNAP Navigators can help answer questions about SNAP benefits, assist with and date stamp applications, expedite interviews, help resolve benefit issues, and connect students to other resources. Navigators are not able to determine eligibility or issue SNAP benefits.

Campus Day/Time Location
Cascade Thursdays, 9am-12 noon Student Union Building (at front desk)
Rock Creek To be decided To be decided
Sylvania Tuesdays, 1-4pm Upper CC Mall by Career Center (Any questions check into CC 222)
Southeast Mondays, 9am-12 noon Mt. Tabor Great Hall (Any questions check into Mt. Tabor 106)


Email cp@pcc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Need more help?

  • We have food pantries at every campus.
  • You can also get connected with more resources at PCC - staff and student leaders in ASPCC, the Panther Pantries, Career Pathways, and the Resource Centers can help.

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