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Application for Educational Benefits

Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) offers educational benefits to qualifying families – including free and reduced-price meals – which can help both your family and your school!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide all meals to all students at no cost to families for the 2021-2022 school year.

Applications are not required to receive this free meal benefit, but families should still complete this application to receive other benefits, including:

  • Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit for families to purchase food.
  • Reduced fees for activities, early childhood programming, college applications and more!
  • Compensatory funds for the District to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services and more.
  • Title 1 funds for academic support.
  • and more!

Households must reapply for educational benefits every year. For families with children enrolled in multiple districts in Minnesota, an application must be filled out with each district. Benefits from the previous year expire mid-October without a new application being filled out.

CHPS encourages ALL families to fill out an application every year. SNAP and MFIP families automatically qualify for educational benefits and DO NOT need to complete the form.

For more information, or to apply now, visit or contact Administrative Assistant Maria Fakhreddine at 763-528-4520 or