The BOOST Program provides scholarships for students who are eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Meals program. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.
Access the income thresholds for the program. Applications for BOOST Scholarships must include documents supporting income eligibility and school enrollment.
You need to submit two types of documents with your application in order to be considered for a scholarship award:
Both required documents must be in pdf file format and uploaded to the BOOST online application.
Access detailed information regarding who is required to file a federal income tax return.
Access an inter-active, on-line IRS interview that may provide additional information regarding who must file a federal tax return or who should file to receive a refund.ONLY if by law, you are not required to file a federal income tax return, and have not submitted a federal income tax return to the IRS, you may complete and submit an alternative income verification form with supporting documentation necessary to verify income.
Access the alternative income verification form. Supporting documents may include supplemental social security statements, or a 2020 budget letter from your local department of social services if you are receiving public benefits. Letters from a local school system will not be considered as documentation for BOOST eligibility.
Informal Kinship Care - for students in informal kinship care, the BOOST application should be completed with information on the relative/other adult providing kinship care as the guardian, and the federal 1040A tax return listing the student as a dependent. The application must also include an electronic attachment of an affidavit verifying informal kinship care.
Access the MSDE kinship care affidavit form.For children in foster care, a written state/local documentation re: child placement must be uploaded instead of a federal tax return. The BOOST application should be completed with information on the foster parent as the guardian, and the family income should be reported as zero.If you do not have Adobe Reader software to create and open PDF documents, click here to
download the Adobe PDF software.For additional information, please contact the BOOST Program -
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