Apply for Benefits Online

Use this online application to apply for:

  1. 3SquaresVT,
  2. Essential Person,
  3. Fuel Assistance, and 
  4. Reach Up.

Do not use the online application to apply for health care.

If you are looking for health care in Vermont, please visit this page to learn about the programs available and how to apply.

Please read the instructions below before applying:

Step One - Gather Information About the People Living in Your Home

  • Dates of birth and Social Security numbers for those applying
  • Pay stubs
  • Check stubs for unearned income (e.g., Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Comp & child support)
  • Information about the resources you own (e.g., bank accounts, investment accounts & property)
  • Household bills (e.g., fuel, phone, and electric)

Step Two - Read the Information Below

  • Complete all information marked with a red asterisk*. 
  • Answer all questions with as much detail as possible. 
  • You have the right to have another person apply for benefits for you. You'll get the chance to appoint someone as your "authorized representative" later in the application.
  • If you don't submit the application within 30 days, your information will be deleted and you will have to start over.
  • You have the right to submit an incomplete 3SquaresVT application at any time as long as you provide your name, address, and electronic signature. This will set your filing date. If you are found eligible, your 3SquaresVT benefits will begin the date your application was filed. Other programs calculate benefits on the day of approval. You must then complete and submit the rest of the application as soon as possible.
  • You may have a right to get 3SquaresVT benefits faster. We'll ask some questions to see if you are eligible to get faster service.
  • Social security numbers (or proof that you have applied for a social security number) must be given for everyone in your household who is applying for benefits. While you do not have to provide Social security numbers for people who are not applying, you may have to provide other information such as their income and resources. Social Security numbers are confidential and secure and are only used for verification purposes. See Privacy Act Statement 7 CFR 273.2 (4)
  • Only U.S. citizens and certain legal immigrants can get benefits. If there are noncitizens living with you who are not eligible, you can still apply and get benefits for eligible members.You do not have to provide immigration information for people not applying for benefits but you may need to provide other information such as their income and resources. 

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

3SquaresVT is Vermont's name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly called food stamps, it is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  

For any other information dealing with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues, persons should either contact the USDA SNAP Hotline Number at (800) 221-5689, which is also in Spanish, or call the State Information Hotline (the numbers can be found online at

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Apply for Benefits

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If you submit your application after 4:30 p.m. or on a weekend or holiday, the filing date is the next business day. If you have problems using the online application, call our Benefits Service Center during regular business hours:1-800-479-6151.

 After You Apply

  • Before we approve your benefits, we may need to verify some of the information you provided. In some cases, you'll need to talk to a worker. We will contact you by mail or phone if we need more information.
  • You may be asked to verifiy the following:

    • Identification (licenses, birth certificates) and social security numbers for all members applying for assistance.  If you don't have a social security number, we can help you apply for one.
    • All gross wages received by your family in the last 30 days.  Pay stubs or written statements from employers.
    • If self-employed, most recent federal income tax return including all W2's, forms, and schedules or record books showing income and expenses for the current year.
    • Written statement for any person paying you for room or meals.
    • Income you received from providing dependent care to children or adults in your home (Self employment records or statement from person paying).  Also note the number of snacks, and the number and type of meals you provide unless you receive reimbursement for them.
    • Unearned income such as social security, SSI, verteran's benefits, unemployment or workers's compensation, dividends, or child support (award letter, divorce/seperation papers or statement from person paying support, 1099).
    • Phone bill  (page that shows the name).
    • Amount of room only, meals only, or room and meals that you pay.
    • Dependent care expenses you paid in the last calendar month.
    • Alimony or child support payments you made to anyone outside your household (cancelled checks or statement from the person receiving payment).
    • Savings, checking, credit union account numbers or statements of all accounts, including children's accounts.
    • IRAs and profit sharing accounts.
    • Automobile payment book or schedule to show any balances due.
    • Rent receipt, lot rent receipt.
    • Proof of mortgage payment such as cancelled check, payment book or payment schedule.
    • Property tax bill and fire insurance premium.
  • Parents who get Reach Up benefits may be asked to cooperate with the Office of Child Support.

To find out about other services in your community visit: or dial 2-1-1 on your phone.

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