Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program

The Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) program provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools.  Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.

The BOOST application will be available from March 9, 2022, at noon through April 29, 2022, at 11:59 PMCarefully read the BOOST application instructions and start the online application.

BOOST provides scholarships for some students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price school meals program (FARMS) to attend eligible nonpublic schools.  Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.

The BOOST program and its funding are governed by the annual State Budget Bill. Scholarship awards are dependent on available funding. Senate Bill 290, the State fiscal year 2023 Budget Bill, which governs the 2022-2023 program year, is currently being considered by the Maryland General Assembly.

La solicitud de ampliación de opciones y oportunidades para los estudiantes de hoy (BOOST) para 2022-2023 está abierta! Los solicitantes tienen hasta las 11:59 p. m. del 29 de abril de 2022 para presentar solicitudes. Haga clic aquí para ver las instrucciones e iniciar la aplicación.

Who is eligible?
  1. Students that have submitted an application, been accepted, or enrolled at a BOOST participating nonpublic school. The list of potential participating schools is available in a link on this BOOST webpage.  
  2. Household income reported on Federal Income Tax return tax year 2021 forms must be within the income eligibility threshold limits set by the federal government for household size and income.
What are the scholarship application requirements?

Before you submit an application for a scholarship you must obtain the required documents. Go to the application requirements webpage and view the  list of the required documents and application requirements.


Do you have any questions?
A BOOST Program staff will respond to all inquiries within the next business day.