Wisconsin SNAP Eligibility Information - Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2022

There are three eligibility tests for SNAP: the Gross Income test, the Net Income test, and the Asset test. 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 and/or Asset tests.

While the Gross Income and Asset Test are straightforward, Net Income is more difficult to calculate. We recommend using our SNAP Eligiblity Calculator to see you're eligible for SNAP benefits.

This information was collected from USDA and state SNAP resources, but is not official and may be outdated. Privacy policy.

Gross Income Limits
Total monthly household income before taxes, including job, self-employment, and other income like social security.

For households WITHOUT elderly or disabled members

  • 1 people
    $2148 / month
  • 2 people
    $2904 / month
  • 3 people
    $3660 / month
  • 4 people
    $4418 / month
  • 5 people
    $5174 / month
  • Each additional person
    +$758 / month
The gross income limit is 200% of the federal poverty level.
Gross Income Limits
Total monthly household income before taxes, including job, self-employment, and other income like social security.

For households WITH elderly or disabled members

There is no gross income limit in Wisconsin for households with an elderly or disabled member.

Net Income Limits
Gross income minus deductions. The list of expenses that can be deducted from gross income to calculate net income are below. Some expenses have a fixed deduction amount (such as utilities), while for other expenses actual amounts spent can be deducted.
  • 1 people
    $1074 / month
  • 2 people
    $1452 / month
  • 3 people
    $1830 / month
  • 4 people
    $2209 / month
  • 5 people
    $2587 / month
  • Each additional person
    +$379 / month
The net income limit is 100% of the federal poverty level.
Asset / Resource Limit
This means countable resources, like funds in bank accounts. A home is not counted as a resource.

There is no asset limit in Wisconsin.

Deduction
Child Support Payments Treatment
Court 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 Deduction
Monthly 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 Allowances
Heating 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.
  • whatshotHeating And Cooling
    $462
  • flash_onBasic Limited Allowance
    $320
  • powerElectricity
    $141
  • local_gas_stationGas
    $37
  • water_dropWater
    $90
  • plumbingSewage
    $90
  • deleteTrash
    $23
Deduction
Phone Allowance
If your household pays a phone bill, you can deduct the associated amount.
  • phonePhone
    $29
Deduction
Other Deductions
Households can deduct the full amount paid for these expenses.
  • child_friendlyDependent care costs (including daycare, babysitters, or other child care)
  • homeMonthly rent or mortgage amount
  • cabinMonthly homeowners insurance and taxes