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When will I get my SNAP benefits?

Produced by Patricia Baker and Victoria Negus
Reviewed January 2018

Your SNAP benefits are put in your EBT account on the same day each month based on the last digit of your Social Security Number.

Last Digit of SSN

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The last digit of your SSN is also how DTA determines your “SNAP month” (also called your cyclical month) for issuing your first amount of benefits.  Your “SNAP month” runs from the day your benefits are deposited to the day before the next month’s benefits will be issued to you. For example, if your SSN ends in 5, your benefits are deposited on the 8th of the month, and your SNAP month is from March 8th through April 7th, then April 8th through March 7th and so forth.

DTA has to decide on your application and make sure you get your SNAP benefits within 30 days of the day you apply or a notice of denial. 

If approved, you should receive a DTA approval notice and benefits by Day 30. 106 C.M.R. § 361.700(A).  Unless you get an EBT card in person, you should receive two envelopes in the mail that include your EBT card and a PIN (these come in separate envelopes).

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