Oct. 1, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023 SNAP Eligibility in Nebraska
There are three eligibility tests for SNAP: the Gross Income, the Net Income, and the Asset tests.
Depending on your state and whether your household has an elderly (over 60) or disabled member, your household may be exempt from the Gross Income, Net Income, and/or Asset tests. Nebraska has expanded eligibility beyond the standard federal SNAP eligibility requirements.
While the Gross Income and Asset tests are straightforward, Net Income is more difficult to calculate. We recommend using our SNAP Eligibility Calculator to see you're income eligible for SNAP benefits.
Gross Income LimitsTotal monthly household income before taxes, including job, self-employment, and other income like social security, disability, child support, worker's comp, unemployment, and pension income.
If Any Household Members are Elderly or Disabled
There is no gross income limit in Nebraska for households with an elderly or disabled member.All Other Households
The gross income limit is 165% of the federal poverty level.
1 people$1869 / month
2 people$2517 / month
3 people$3168 / month
4 people$3816 / month
5 people$4464 / month
6 people$5115 / month
7 people$5763 / month
Each additional person+$650 / month
Net Income LimitsGross income minus deductions. At the bottom of the page are some of the expenses that can be deducted to calculate net income. It's difficult to calculate net income without a SNAP calculator as there are additional deductions based on earned income and limits on amount of shelter-related deductions.
SNAP benefit amounts are based on a household's net income: in general $100 more in net income = $30 less in benefits.
Only households with an elderly or disabled member with gross income over 165% of the federal poverty level have to meet this test.
SNAP benefit amounts are based on Net Income. Even if the household passes all the eligibility tests, Net Income may be too high to get a benefit.1 people$1133 / month2 people$1526 / month3 people$1920 / month4 people$2313 / month5 people$2706 / month6 people$3100 / month7 people$3493 / monthEach additional person+$394 / monthThe net income limit is 100% of the federal poverty level.
Asset / Resource LimitThis means countable resources, like funds in bank accounts. A home is not counted as a resource.Deduction
Child Support Payments TreatmentCourt ordered child support payments can always be deducted to calculate net income. In some states, it can also be excluded from gross income.
Court ordered child support payments can only be deducted for calculating net income.Deduction
Standard Medical DeductionMonthly out of pocket medical expenses for household members who are age 60 or older or disabled can always be deducted from net income. You can deduct the full amount of expenses with verification, but in some states there is a standard medical deduction that can be used without needing verification.
There is no standard medical deduction. Use actual medical expenses minus $35.Deduction
Utility AllowancesHeating and Cooling: If a household pays utility bills for heating and cooling, or receives over $20 in heating assistance from LIHEAP, this deduction amount can be claimed (but no other utility deductions).
Basic Utility Allowance: If a household pays for two or more utility bills, this deduction amount can be claimed (but no other utility deductions).
Single Utilities: If a household pays for the utility, they can deduct the associated amount.Deduction
Phone AllowanceIf your household pays a phone bill, you can deduct the associated amount.Deduction
Other DeductionsHouseholds can deduct the full amount paid for these expenses.