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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. Despite COVID-19 making this a unique school year, families still need to submit a new Application for Educational Benefits to ensure families and the District receive benefits for the 2020-2021 school year.

Educational Benefits help in the following was:

  • Qualifying students receive lunch at no cost (breakfast is free for all students).
  • Families receive reduced rates for middle and high school activities.
  • Families receive reduced tuition for early childhood programming.
  • Students receive reduced AP testing and college application fees.
  • Provides scholarships for students to attend early childhood programming.
  • Allows the District to receive Title 1 funds for academic support.
  • Helps District secure compensatory funds to reduce class sizes, provide counseling and social work services, and hire media specialists and educational assistants.

Families should complete the Application for Education Benefits if any of the following items apply to their household:

  • Any member of your household currently participates in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
  • Household’s total income is within the qualifying guidelines shown in the graph below. These guidelines denote gross earnings before deductions, not take-home pay. Do not include foster care payments, federal education benefits, MFIP payments or value of assistance received from SNAP, WIC or FDPIR as income. 

Household Members









Annual Household Income









  • Military. Do not include combat pay assistant from the Military Privatized Housing Incentive as income.
  • Your household includes one or more foster child (a welfare agency or court has legal responsibility for the child(ren)

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.


For questions contact Administrative Assistant Maria Fakhreddine at 763-528-4520 or