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Food Stamps/ SNAP Calculator


Online SNAP calculators:

CLICK HERE for a LINK to an online SNAP calculator that you can use right from your browser or mobile device, without downloading anything!

If you are less familiar with the rules, you may want to use a more detailed web-based step-by-step eligibility calculator available from Project Bread at:

SNAP Calculators to download: 

Linked below are two Excel "calculators" which can be downloaded used to estimate the amount of benefits. They are designed for advocates familiar with Excel and the SNAP rules. 

The "detailed/printable" SNAP calculator has more SNAP math calculations to get at detailed situations - such as identifying detailed shelter or child care costs, calculating child support from earned income, elder/disabled households with income over 200% FPL. It performs a Bay State Cap calculation for SSI-only households with no earnings. You can then print out a summary sheet of the calculations similar to DTA notices.  It is current as of February 1, 2016.  It does NOT apply to households which contain sanctioned members.

The "simplified" SNAP calculator is shorter for routine calculations. It does not identify source of income for child support payments, type of shelter or child care deduction nor perform a Bay State CAP calculation. It is maintained by DTA and the link below is to the DTA website.

SNAP Worksheets to print out: 

The SNAP calculation worksheet is a one page worksheet for manual calculations.  

NOTE: These calculators are intended as a convenience tool only and will result in an estimate of benefit amounts; DTA makes the final determination of eligibility and benefits amount. (Both Excel calculators require that a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice be loaded on your computer.) 

Download the Calculators

  • Download the current Detailed/Printable SNAP Calculator 
  • Download the Simplified SNAP Calculator from DTA's website  
  • Download the current SNAP Worksheet for manual calculations

Finally, if you or your client have income from a rental property, we also now have an excel worksheet that you can download to help calculate the net income for SNAP purposes.

Excel Calculators from past time periods (to calculate underpayments, overpayments etc)

Note:  the following detailed calculators for prior period scan also be downloaded - Jan 4. to Jan. 31 2016 Oct. 1, 2014-Jan. 3, 2016Jan 20 - Sept 30, 2015,  Oct 1, 2014-Jan.19, 2015March, 2014-Sept. 30, 2014,  Jan. 31, 2014-Feb 28, 2014,  Nov. 1, 2013-Jan. 31, 2014  Oct 1, 2013-Oct 31, 2013   Jan 1, 2013-Sept. 30, 2013 -- these are NOT the most current calculators, and should only be used for calculating past SNAP amounts.