WAG 13-02-05

Initial Month of Eligibility

The first month of the approval period is the first fiscal month that a unit is eligible when an initial application is filed.

When determining eligibility for an initial application, consider eligibility factors for the fiscal month of application and the following fiscal month.

  • If the SNAP unit is ineligible for the month of application and the following fiscal month, deny the application.
  • If the SNAP unit is ineligible for the month of application but eligible for the following fiscal month, authorize a full month's benefits for the following fiscal month. The following fiscal month is the first month of the approval period.
  • If an SNAP unit is eligible for the fiscal month of application, but not entitled to benefits due to prorating the initial month's benefits, and is eligible for the following fiscal month, authorize a full month's benefits for the following fiscal month. The fiscal month of application is the first month of the approval period.

Initial Month Benefit Amount

See PM 13-01-02-c for the budgeting of an Initial Prorated Entitlement (IPE).

When determining initial month's benefits, prorate the benefit amount based on both the day in the fiscal month the application was filed and the Net Monthly Income amount for that fiscal month. See WAG 25-03-09 for the Basis of Issuance Tables based on unit size and the Net Monthly Income amount.

See WAG 25-03-08 for the prorated benefit chart for initial month.

Ongoing Eligibility and Benefit Amount

Eligibility does not exit if the gross monthly income (after subtracting the child support deduction) exceeds the Gross Monthly Income Standard for the unit's size,  except in the following instances:.

  • SNAP units with a qualifying member who meet the asset test and the Net Monthly Income Standard.
  • categorically eligible units (see PM 05-07-01) when every person in the unit is authorized to receive TANFtext deletedor SSI, including SSI cases in recoupment or suspension status do not have to meet the Gross Monthly Income Standards

SNAP units, who are not categorically eligible units (PM 05-07-01) must meet the Net Monthly Income Standard for the unit size.

Categorically eligible units do not have to meet the net monthly income standards, but are ineligible if net income is above the level where benefits are issued. 

Compute net monthly income. To determine the benefit amount, find the unit's net monthly income for the unit's size on the Basis of Issuance Table (see WAG 25-03-09) or use the formula in WAG 25-06-05.