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Educational Benefit Applications

Educational Benefit Application Information

Educational Meal Benefits are available to families who qualify. If you would like to apply please complete an Educational Benefit application.  Applications can be completed via Stratapps our online application system, or you can download and print an Educational Benefit Application Form Here. The forms can also be picked up and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. 

A new application must be submitted each year. You are encouraged to complete and return your new application as soon as possible.

Please complete only one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for Educational Benefits. This information may also be used for other state or federally-funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are the household size and total household income.

  • HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses.
  • The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

Return Applications to:

Please return the completed application to your child's school office or cafeteria manager. One application per household, please.

Other Benefits Include

Your Child's School

Discounts on ACT testing fees, activity fees, Chromebook insurance, and student parking, among other offerings. Ask your child's school Counselor, Principal, or Dean of Students

Amazon Discounted Prime Memberships
Qualifying families receive discounted membership rate. Visit for more information.

Assurance Wireless Lifeline Assistance Program
Visit for more information.

Children’s Theatre Company ACT Pass program
The ACT Pass program provides financial aid to attend Children’s Theatre Company’s performances, classes, and camps. Visit for more information.

Easy Wireless Lifeline Assistance Program
Visit for more information.

Internet Essentials Affordable Internet at Home Program
Qualifying families receive discounted cost for internet services. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Children’s Museum “All Play” Membership
Qualifying families receive free admission for one full year. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Energy Assistance
Qualifying families may receive assistance with energy bills. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Historical Society Limited Income Program
Qualifying families receive discounted admission: $4 for adults and free for children ages 17 and under. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Lifeline Discount Program
This program provides a discount on the cost of monthly telephone or qualified internet access service. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Power Payment Assistance Programs
Minnesota Power offers the different assistance programs for qualifying families. Visit for more information.

Minnesota Zoo Free to Explore Program
Free to Explore provides free admission for a qualifying guest and their dependents. Visit for more information.

Q-Link Wireless Lifeline Program
This program offers affordable phone services to qualifying families. Visit for more information.

SafeLink Free Wireless Program
Visit for more information.

Science Museum of Minnesota
Qualifying families receive discounted admission. Visit for more information.

The Works Museum
Qualifying families receive discounted admissions, memberships and camp: $4.25 admission and $25 family memberships. Visit for more information.

Transit Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transit Assistance Program (TAP) is designed to help make public transit more affordable for low-income residents. Qualifying families receive $1 fare for a full year. Visit for more information.

YMCA Discounted memberships
The YMCA provides discounted memberships to qualifying families. Visit for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, autiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf , from and USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
(1)mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or (2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.