Idaho Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


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Administering Program Name
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Eligibility Information

Am I A Student?

To be considered a student for SNAP in Idaho, you must be: An individual between the ages of eighteen 18 and 50, physically and intellectually fit, and enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education. Institution of Higher Education is any institution which normally requires a high school diploma or equivalency certificate for enrollment. These institutions include colleges, universities, and business, vocational, technical, or trade schools at the post-high school level.

To be eligible for Idaho SNAP, an individual must be all of the following:

AND meet at least one of the criteria listed below:


  • Employed a minimum of 80hours per month and is paid for such employment; or
  • Self-employed a minimum of 80 hours per month; and earns at least the Federal minimum wage times 80 hours.
  • Work-Study Program. In a State or Federally financed work-study program during the regular school year. The student exemption begins the month the school term begins, or the month the work-study is approved, whichever is later. The exemption continues until the end of the month the school term ends, or it becomes known the student has refused an assignment. The student work-study exemption stops when there are breaks of a full calendar month or longer between terms, without approved work-study. The exemption only applies to months the student is approved for work-study.

Caring for Dependent Child:

  • Responsible for the care of a dependent household member under age six. There must not be another adult in the household available to care for the child. Availability of adequate child care is not a factor. The student is responsible for the care of a dependent household member at least age six but under age 12. The Department must determine adequate childcare is not available to enable the student to attend class and satisfy the 20 hour work requirement.

The student must be a single parent responsible for the care of a dependent child under the age of 12. The student is enrolled full-time in an institution of higher education. Full-time enrollment is determined by the institution. Availability of adequate childcare is not a factor.

  • The student gets cash benefits from the TAFI program (Temporay Assitance For Families in Idaho).
  • The student is assigned to or placed in an institution of higher education through or complying with the WIOA program, the JOBS program, the JSAP program, a program under Section 236 of the Trade Act of 1974, or a program for employment and training operated by a State or local government.

How Do I Apply?

You don’t need to go to an office! You can apply online at the Department of Health and Welfare website, and receive your EBT card in the mail.

  • Idaho utilizes a single, comprehensive application for all social programs. When applying you can choose exactly which programs you’d like to be considered for, and which household members need assistance if you are assisting other household members apply for programs such as Medicaid, SNAP or TAFI.
  • Regardless of how you apply, once your application is submitted, you can follow the progress by logging into idalink, Idaho’s online self-service website for benefit programs.
  • If you need food assistance immediately, and are eligible, you can receive benefits within seven days. You must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the expedited services.

Where/How to Use

  • Your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card works just like a debit card. Your SNAP benefits will be ready for you to use on the same day of each month. You must use your EBT card when purchasing food using your SNAP benefits. Eligible food may only be purchased with funds available on your EBT card at the time of purchase. The day of the month your SNAP benefits are available will be assigned to you based on the last number of the EBT cardholder’s birth year (ex: year 1979 = 9th day of month). If you need help finding out what day you will receive your SNAP benefits each month, login or register for an account on

This page was last updated on October 19, 2020.

Quick Facts

Administering Program Name
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare