Application for Educational Benefits form
NEW! In 2021-22, school meals are free for all students. No application is necessary to receive free meals. But there are other reasons you should fill out the Application for Educational Benefits. Complete the form and you could get reduced rates on fees for school activities, home internet, academic tests, transportation and college applications. In some cases, these services could be free.
The 2021-22 Application for Education Benefits can be completed online HERE.
A new application must be completed each school year.
If you have questions or issues with the online form, please call 651-621-6025.
In order for the District to process your application as quickly as possible, please fill out and submit the form online. Paper applications are also available at all the schools in the front office. Applications are available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali. If you would like a paper application mailed to your house, please call 651-621-6025.
For 2021-22 household income guidelines, click HERE.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Who can receive the Educational Benefits program?
Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children can qualify for educational benefits without reporting household income. Enter a current case number on the Application for Education Benefits form.
Also, children can receive Educational Benefits if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions. Approval for Educational Benefits is good for the entire school year.
How will I find out the status of my application?
You will receive a letter in the mail with the status of your application. Please keep this letter for your records. If your student qualifies for free or reduced Educational Benefits, you may receive reduced fees for athletics, extracurricular activites, community programs, bussing, and other costs within Mounds View Schools.
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your children do not have to be U.S. citizens for your children to qualify for Educational Benefits.
Who should I include as members of my household?
Include yourself and all other people living in the household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends). Include a household member who is temporarily away, such as a college student.
What if my income is not always the same?
List the amount that you normally get. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you get it only occasionally.
Where will the information I provide be kept?
Information you provide on the form, and your child's approval for Educational Benefits, will be protected as private data.
Will the information I give be checked?
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof.
What if I disagree with the school's decision about my application?
You should first call Sarah Studley in Nutrition Services at 651-621-6025 to discuss the application. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
You also may ask for a fair hearing by writing to: Mounds View Public Schools, Bernice Humnick, Mounds View District Center, 4570 Victoria Street North, Shoreview, MN 55126.
What if my information changes in the middle of the school year?
You may apply for Educational Benefits at any time during the school year.
Outreach for Minnesota Health Care Program
Click this LINK to see if you qualify for Free or Low cost Health Care programs for Children.
Questions? Please call our Nutrition Service office if you have any questions at 651-621-6025.
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