Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Manual – Table of Contents

1140.005.25 Significant Changes

IM-#52 May 30, 2013IM-#75 June 20, 2002

Significant changes are those:

  • reducing an EU’s total gross income by more than $50, or
  • reporting a new EU member who is not a member of another certified EU.

Act promptly on changes that significantly impact the EU’s circumstances and result in an increased allotment.

All EUs reporting significant changes that increase benefits are entitled to supplemental benefits for the month in which the change is reported. Issue supplemental benefits for the month the change is reported within the following guidelines:

  • If the next allotment will be available in less than ten days after the date the change was reported, issue supplemental benefits by the 10th day of the following month or the EU’s normal issuance cycle in that month, whichever is later.
  • If the next allotment will be available more than ten days after the date the change was reported, issue supplemental benefits by the availability date of the next allotment.

Note: The above guidelines are the latest dates the benefits must be issued. Issue the additional benefits as soon as possible after the change is reported.

Example: An EU reported a new member on June 2. Their June allotment will be available on June 3. Issue supplemental benefits for June by July 3, the next allotment issued 10 days after the change was reported.

If the EU reported a new member on June 15, and the next monthly availability date is July 6, issue supplemental benefits for June no later than July 6.