Free & Reduced: The Education Benefit Form

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Free & Reduced: The Education Benefit Form

Education Benefit Form

All students in St Vrain Valley Schools will have access to free healthy, nutritious school meals beginning in the 2023-24 school year thanks to the Health School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters.

Our District is very excited to participate in the program. Here is some additional information and a few important reminders about what this means for our schools and families.

  • Please continue to fill out the Education Benefit Form. While meals will be provided for free to all St Vrain students through Healthy School Meals for All, it’s important for us to continue gathering this information to receive full access to available federal funds that support educational programs at your school.
  • We ask all St Vrain families to please complete the form during registration for the 2024-25 school year. By providing this information, you will help our district access all available funds and grants to assist in educational programs for students. Plus, families who fill out the form may qualify to receive discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more!
  • All household income information provided through this form is strictly confidential and protected by law. Only one form is required for all children in the household. Immigration, migrant, citizenship or refugee status is not required when completing the form.

If you have questions about completing the form, please contact your school’s nutrition department. Learn more about the Healthy School Meals for All program in this short video:

Family Benefits to Submitting an Education Benefits Form:
● School program fees are waived.
● After-school program fees are waived.
● Preschool programs fees are waived.
● SAT and ACT tests and college application fees are reduced.
● Access to community food banks services are available.
● Discounts on utilities and internet service are available.
● Discounts for participation in community groups like sports or YMCA programs are available.

School Benefits to Submitting an Education Benefits Form:
● Schools receive more federal dollars in their budgets to support students.
● Schools receive additional dollars in grants targeting school programs.
● Title I Schools receive additional funding dollars for classroom support.
● District Technology Services receives additional e-rate funding dollars for classroom support.
● St. Vrain Valley Schools qualifies to receive more money per student from the state and federal
government, which they can pass on to school classrooms.
● Middle schools with high return rates may also help their feeder elementary schools qualify for free
afterschool snacks, dinners, and on-site summer meals.
● Schools may become eligible for money to fund after-school programs.
● Schools may become eligible for money to fund preschool programs.

A new form must be completed each school year, available after July 1st of each year. Families are responsible for any student fees that accrue anytime between benefit status lapses. 

Applying online is the fastest way to get your form processed to ensure no lapse in coverage happens. Applying online also reduces the chance for errors and the need to send applications back to families to correct.

Video link to a tutorial for how to complete income farms (Education Benefit Form) online with LINQ Connect.

LINQ Connect: Income Forms

I don’t qualify for free or reduced benefits, do I need to do anything?
If you do not believe you qualify for free or reduced benefits, you are not required to complete an application. We encourage all families to complete the form for assessment of the socio-economic needs of each school community, and for assessment of maximizing Federal funding for school meals and other programs.

St. Vrain Valley Schools