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SNAP and STEP

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

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.  


STEP

COVID-19 update

Following the guidance of public health experts, PCC programs and services are now offered remotely and virtually. We are committed to continuing to provide students support and access to STEP.

With the move to remote instruction and the added challenges resulting from COVID-19, we have increased capacity to assist students who are pursuing transfer pathways, general studies, and more. Students who need extra support to stay enrolled in courses, want help navigating resources, need assistance finding new employment, or are grappling with loss of work should email cp@pcc.edu or call 971-722-6218 to hear about options and set up a virtual appointment.

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!

Our team supports all PCC campuses.

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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