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CalFresh ELIGIBILITY


Eligibility

Section 1

CalFresh Eligibility

There are many ways UCI students may be eligible for CalFresh!
Please see below for specific instructions on how to apply for CalFresh for your eligibility.

If you have any questions, please contact our FRESH team at calfresh@uci.edu.


Instructions:

You MUST meet all of the requirements below, as specified!

Eligibility Part I

You MUST meet ALL of the requirements below:

  • Students MUST be U.S. citizens, Legal Permanent Residency (LPR), or have someone in their household who is able to apply for CalFresh.
  • Students MUST be currently enrolled students at UC Irvine AND enrolled in at least 6 units (We cannot help incoming students or those on leaves of absence)
  • Household's monthly income before taxes must not exceed the allowed amount.

Eligibility Part II

You MUST meet ONE of the student eligibilities below.

Note: Not eligible? Students who are not eligible for CalFresh can apply for FRESH's Emergency Meal Swipes!

ELIGIBILITY PART II

ELIGIBILITY PART II

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CalGrant A/B Students

Required Documents:
  • You will need this CalGrant TANF email, which verifies that you have a CalGrant funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. It would've been sent by: studentsupport@csac.ca.gov.
  • This email would've been sent to the email address you used to apply for the FAFSA - for most students.
  • Below is an example of the email:

  • If you can't find this email, it may mean you don't have a TANF-funded CalGrant, and you'll need to find another eligibility to qualify for CalFresh.
  • TANF emails are typically sent in late September - mid-October of the academic year.
  • If you're unsure whether you have a TANF email, you can email us at calfresh@uci.edu

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program Requirements:

  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program at UC Irvine.
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + class schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • Students can request their verification form here.
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff!

Employed

Employed 20 Hours/Week

Requirements:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they work at least 20 hours a week.
  • Make sure income is below the income limit for your household.
  • Paystubs will need to show work of 20 hours or more.  

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Work Study

Law Students

Required Documents:
  • Step 1: Law students can fill out the verification request PDF form on the School of Law Registrar website here, check “Other” and put “CalFresh”. Email pdf to registrar@law.uci.edu.
  • Step 2: Download the Approved List of Programs linked here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

MAT Students

MAT Students

Required Documents:
  • Step 1: MAT students can email Jaycee Chu, Director of Student Affairs, at jhchu@uci.edu to request their Verification Form.
  • Step 2: Download the Approved List of Programs linked here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

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Master of Public Health (MPH)

Requirements:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled within the Master of Public health (MPH) Program at UC Irvine. 
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + class schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • MPH students can request their verification form from Miguel Huerta, Student Support Coordinator,  at mahuert3@uci.edu.
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Requirements:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled within the Master of Public Policy (MPP) at UC Irvine.
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + class schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • MPP Students can request their verification form from Amira Yousef, Assistant Director, Master of Public Policy at ayousef@uci.edu.
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Master of Urban & Regional Planning

Master of Urban & Regional Planning

Requirements:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled within the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) at UC Irvine 
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + class schedule from your department prior to applying
  • MURP Students can request their verification form from Hannah Campbell, Assistant Director, MURP, at hcampbe1@uci.edu
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

MPH

Med Students

Required Documents:
  • Step 1: Students can request their CalFresh Verification Form from the UCI School of Medicine Registrar at: 
  • Step 2: Download the Approved List of Programs linked here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Nursing Students

Nursing Students

Requirements:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled within the B.S, M.S. (MEPN), and Doctorate (DNP) Nursing programs at UC Irvine.
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + Class Schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • Students can request their CalFRESH Verification Form from the School of Nursing using this link.
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here.
  • Apply with our Staff or watch the webinar on how to apply on your own here
PhD in Pharmacological Sciences

PhD in Pharmacological Sciences

PhD in Pharmacological Sciences Requirements:

  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled in PhD in Pharmacological Sciences at UC Irvine.
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + class schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • Students can request their verification form here
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff!

PhD in Public Health

PhD in Public Health

PhD in Public Health Requirements:

  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they are enrolled within the PhD in Public Health Program (concentrations: Global Health or Disease Prevention) at UC Irvine.
  • You must request your CalFresh Verification form + Class Schedule from your department prior to applying.
  • PhD in PH students can request their verification form from Miguel Huerta, Student Support Coordinator, at mahuert3@uci.edu.
  • Before applying, download the Approved List of Programs here.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff!

Student Parent

Student Parent

Required Documents:

  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they have a child or children under the age of 12. 
  • If you yourself are not a US Citizen or Legal Permanent resident, but your child is, you can still apply for benefits for them!
  • Make sure you meet the prorated income limit for your household.
  • Social Services will only take into account the income proportional to the number of eligible members in the household.
  • Example: Both parents are not eligible, but 1 child is a citizen, so only 33% of total income is counted and held to the income guideline of a 1 person household. 

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Student Success Initiatives (SSI)

Student Success Initiatives (SSI)

Required Documents:
  • Students part of Student Success Initiatives (SSI) can email their assigned counselors to request their verification form.
  • If you are a Summer Bridge Scholar, contact Kathy Dong, Summer Bridge & Step Program Counselor/Coordinator, kdong@uci.edu
  • If you are a TRIO Scholar, contact Evani Chavez, TRIO Project Director, molinae@uci.edu
  • If you are a FYRE Scholar, contact Janet Perez-Molina, Counselor/Program Coordinator - Foster Youth Resilience in Education (FYRE) & Student Parent and Families (SPF) jvperezm@uci.edu

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or watch our webinar at bit.ly/freshyt and apply on your own at bit.ly/apply-calfresh.

Work Study

Work Study

Required documents:
  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they've been offered and accepted Federal Work-Study (not President's Work-Study).
  • You don't need to have a work-study job to be eligible.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

Zero EFC

Zero EFC

Required documents:

  • Students qualify for CalFresh if they have a Zero EFC (Expected Family Contribution) on their Financial Aid Award or their FAFSA Student Aid Report.

Book an appointment to apply with our staff or apply on your own with our webinar:

INCOME

INCOME

Individual/household must have a gross income that does not exceed the limit for the total number of applicants. Please refer to the chart below for household sizes. Each additional household member brings the monthly gross income limit up to $748. Income Guidelines Chart 

Calfresh Income Guidelines

Effective Sep. 30, 2021

Household SizeMaximum Gross Monthly IncomeMaximum Calfresh Allotment
1 $2,148 $250
2 $2,904 $459
3 $3,660 $658
4 $4,418 $835
5 $5,174 $992
6 $5,930 $1,190
7 $6,688 $1,316
8 $7,444 $1,504
+ (1) Household Member + $758 + $188
Monthly Minimum Allotment: $19

STATUS

Mixed-status families can still apply for CalFresh if they have eligible members in their households! The California Department of Social Services is not allowed to share immigration information with federal agencies and the information is kept strictly confidential.

For example, undocumented parents can apply for benefits for their citizen children.

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Take into consideration!

  • Students who have a meal plan must have a meal plan of 135 or less
  • Students cannot apply for CalFresh if they have an active case in another county
  • Students who have Medi-Cal in another county usually can't have Medi-Cal in one county and CalFresh in another. Students who apply to CalFresh and are approved will have their Medi-Cal automatically transferred to the county they applied for CalFresh in.
    • To continue to receive Medi-Cal benefits in their county of origins, students must call their Medi-Cal caseworker and ask them to stop the inter-county transfer of their Medi-Cal case.
  • Students can contact the county to check on the status of their CalFresh case at 1-800-281-9799.

Are you eligible? Apply for CalFresh!

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Not eligible? There are other resources!