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Filling Out Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Tips
· Your base pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, DO NOT include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded form income. It is base Gross Income and BAS.
· If students spend time in different households, only count income of the household applying for the program.
· Use your gross income- to the dollar. Some families miss the cut off by as little as $5-7 dollars when they use a round number.
· Frequency of pay- twice a month is being paid on the 1st and 15th. Bi-weekly implies that you are paid every two weeks.
· If child support or alimony is not consistently paid, you do not have to count it as long as you can prove that you are not receiving it on a regular basis.
ALL families must reapply for Free and Reduced Lunch annually. There is a grace period that occurs for the first 30 contact days of school.
If you qualify for SNAP, students automatically qualify for free lunches. You can be Directly Certified, and you will receive an email stating that your student(s) were Directly Certified.
The first Direct Certification will be received the end of July, if by the end of your grace period you have not received a Direct Certification Approval Letter, Please apply using your SNAP number by following the instructions on an application, either paper or online.