ApplyMN is Minnesota's secure, online system you can use to apply for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs.
To get started, visit Minnesota Human Services Online to use an online pre-screening tool to find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password.
If you already have a user ID and password, you can log-on to ApplyMN directly.
MINNESOTA FAMILY INVESTMENT PROGRAM (MFIP)
MFIP is a monthly cash and food support program. It is for families with dependent children and some pregnant women. MFIP is time limited. Most parents with minor children will only receive help for a total of sixty months (5 years). Because MFIP expects, supports and rewards work; parents must meet work rule requirements or the grants will be reduced.
GENERAL ASSISTANCE (GA)
GA is a monthly cash payment that clients use for clothes, food, housing and other basic needs. GA is for people who have little or no income and they are not able to receive help from other state or federal programs. GA is for adults between 18 and 65, they have no children under 18 in the household, they are not disabled, but they cannot work. Medical verification is needed for applicants.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (EA) & EMERGENCY GENERAL ASSISTANCE (EGA)
EA and EGA are short-term help for people who need money for a crisis, such as a utility shut off, an eviction or major problem that has occurred.
EA is for families with children in the home under age 21. EGA is for adults without children in the household.
MINNESOTA SUPPLEMENTAL AID (MSA)
MSA is a monthly cash payment that helps people whose disability, retirement, or other income is not enough to meet their needs. It can also give short-term help for a crisis.
MSA is for people who are:
• Age 65 or older
GROUP RESIDENTIAL HOUSING (GRH)
GRH is a supplemental cash program for eligible recipients who reside in a group residential housing facility and need assistance to help pay for living in that facility.
GRH is for people who are:
• SSI recipients
• Age 65 or older
• Age 18 or older and disabled
REFUGEE CASH ASSISTANCE (RCA)
RCA is for people who have been in the US for 8 months or less and meet income guidelines.
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MA)
MA is a federal program that may pay medical bills for people who can’t pay them.
MA is for people who:
• Are under age 21
• Are over age 65
• Disabled (mentally or physically)
• Some parents or caretakers of a child under age 19
• Some MFIP recipients may receive MA
GENERAL ASSISTANCE MEDICAL CARE (GAMC)
GAMC is a state program that may pay medical bills for people who can’t pay them.
GAMC is for people who:
• Can’t receive Medical Assistance
• Are not receiving help from other state and federal medical programs
• If you receive GA you may also be eligible for GAMC
PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM (PDP)
PDP covers those prescription drugs that are covered by the MA program.
To qualify for PDP, you must:
• Be age 65 and over
• Be under age 65 with a disability
• Be eligible for a Medicare Premium payment program (QMB or SLMB)
FOOD SUPPORT PROGRAM
Food Support assistance is available to low income families or single adults who meet income and asset requirements. Food Support can be used like money to buy food. If you qualify there are rules that affect how much you can receive.
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
There are four different programs that can pay for child care assistance. They are Basic Sliding Fee, MFIP Child Care, Transition Child Care and At-Home-Infant Care.
To receive Child Care Assistance, you must apply through your local Social Service Department. You may be eligible for child care if your income is at or below 75% of the State’s median income and you are in need of child care services in order to secure employment, retain employment or to obtain training or education necessary to secure employment. You may also be eligible for child care assistance, if you are receiving a cash grant (MFIP).