You can self-declare the following information for SNAP eligibility:
- Your household composition – for example, if you live with others but purchase and prepare most of your food separately.
- The U.S. citizenship of any household member.
- Your date of birth.
- Your shelter expenses such as your rent or homeownership costs, and the type of utilities you pay for.
- Your childcare or adult dependent care expenses.
- If you are age 60+ or get a disability-based benefit, your out-of-pocket medical expenses up to a capped amount.
- Your college student status
See list of SNAP verifications at application: 106 C.M.R. §§ 361.610
DTA should accept your self-declaration unless DTA determines the information is questionable. See What if DTA does not accept the proofs I sent them?
You can verbally tell DTA this information when you talk with a SNAP worker, or you can write down this information on your SNAP Application, Recertification or Interim Report forms. You can also send DTA a written statement that you have signed and dated. See Appendix C for a sample self-declaration from for shelter and dependent care costs.
DTA Online Guide: See Appendix G for links to the DTA's BEACON 5 Online Guide for this section.