Use this calculator to estimate the amount of monthly SNAP benefits a
household may be eligible for in Massachusetts. The calculator is
designed for advocates who are familiar with SNAP rules although
everyone is welcome to use it. It does not apply to households which
include a sanctioned member.
You can only fill in the gold boxes on this page, the rest are automated.
Step 1: Household Composition
Is any member of the household elderly (age 60+) or receiving a disability-based benefit (e.g. SSI, EAEDC, MassHealth Disability, etc.) - select Yes or No
Step 2: Gross Income Test
Household / Assistance Unit Size
Enter Gross Unearned Income
Converted to Monthly
Gross Monthly Unearned Income
Enter Gross Earned Income (if self-employed or independent contractor or gig worker, enter pre-tax net income after business expenses)
Converted to Monthly
Gross Monthly Earned Income
Child Support paid by HH per month
Total Gross Monthly Income
200% poverty level/gross income test for HH
Does asset test apply?
Does net income test apply?
2. GROSS INCOME TEST result:
Step 3: Net Income
3-1. Income Deductions
3-1-A. Standard Deduction
3-1-B. Earned Income Deduction
SKIP THIS Excess Medical Deduction section if no elder
or disabled person in household
3-1-C. Medical Deduction
Dependent Care Expenses (child or disabled adult)
Monthly Cost for ALL Dependents
Direct Care Costs
Before- and After-School Care
3-1-D. Dependent Care Deduction (total of expenses)
Child Support Payment Deduction
Child support paid
3-1-E. Child Support Payment Deduction Result
Preliminary Adjusted Income after Deductions A, B, C,
D & E
3-2. Expense Deductions
Is the household currently homeless?
ENTER (Monthly Amounts):
Costs (only for homeowners)
Tax (only for homeowners)
TOTAL OF ABOVE: $
Does the household pay for heating or cooling (e.g. A/C during summer), OR did they receive any Fuel Assistance in the last 12 months?
household pay for electricity for non-heating purposes?
household pay for its own telephone service?
STANDARD UTLITY ALLOWANCE
TOTAL SHELTER COSTS:
Shelter deduction in excess of 50% of
Cap (not applicable to elderly /
3-2-A. Shelter Deduction Result
3-2-B. Homeless Deduction
3-3. Net Income Calculation
Total Gross Earned Income
Earned Income Deduction
Dependent Care Deduction
Allowable Child Support Payments
Allowable Homeless Deduction
Excess Shelter Expense
Monthly Net Income
Max. Total Net Monthly Income for Household Size
3. NET INCOME TEST result:
Step 4: Final Determination
30% of Net Income
Max. SNAP allotment for household size
Subtract Step 4-1
4. FINAL RESULT (MONTHLY ALLOTMENT)
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Summary of the SNAP benefits you may be eligible for:
SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious food. The amount of SNAP is based on household size, income, expenses and other information. The benefit amount below is based on the information you put in the Massachusetts SNAP Calculator at MassaLegalServices.org, and it is just an estimate. This estimate calculation was done on .
You told us:
Number of people in your household is person(s)
Your monthly earned income from work is $
Your monthly unearned income is $
Monthly child support you pay is $
Your rent or home ownership costs are $
Your monthly child care costs are $
You are homeless
You DO NOT pay heating or cooling/AC costs separate from your rent or home ownership costs
Your monthly medical expenses are $
A household member is over age 60 or disabled*
Based on this information, you may be eligible for monthly SNAP benefits of $/month. This is just an estimate.
*Note: You may be able to boost the value of your SNAP if you claim out of pocket medical expenses. Call DTA to learn more.
To apply for SNAP, you have options! You can …
Apply online at DTAConnect.com
Print an application at Mass.gov/DTA and mail or fax:
Mail: DTA Document Processing Center, P.O. Box 4406, Taunton, MA 02780
Fax application to: 617-887-8765 or a local outreach provider