Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program Application

Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m.


Eligibility for BOOST Scholarships:

Click here for a Question and Answer document that provides eligibility information.

Income Guidelines:
The BOOST Program provides scholarships for students who are eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Meals program. Click here to view the income thresholds for the program.

Application Requirements:

1. Students must have pursued enrollment in a potential participating nonpublic school. At the least, an application for admission must be submitted to the school before a BOOST application is submitted.

2. The application requires certain documentation to be scanned and uploaded as PDF files:

    a. Documentation showing that the student has pursued enrollment in a potential participating nonpublic school. This documentation could include a letter of acceptance/continuation, a letter that the student is on the waiting list, or acknowledgement that an admissions application has been submitted. Click here to see the list of potential participating schools.

    b. Documentation of family size and income. If an IRS Form 1040, 1040a, or 1040EZ was filed for 2015, that document should be attached. If a Form 1040, 1040a, or 1040EZ was not filed for 2015, other documents showing income status should be attached. Documents may include a W-2 Wage and Tax Statement or a Budget Letter from your Local Department of Social Services if you are receiving public benefits.

    c. If the student is in Informal Kinship Care, an affidavit verifying Informal Kinship Care must be submitted. Click here for the Informal Kinship Care affidavit form.

3. If you do not have Adobe Reader software to open PDF documents, click here to download it.

Adobe Reader software link

4. The online application does not allow you to save your work and submit it later. You must complete and submit the application in a single session. Therefore, you must have the required documents discussed above in PDF format and ready to upload/attach to your application.

For assistance with completing the online application, you may wish to contact the nonpublic school that you have selected.

Apply Now: BOOST Scholarship Application
                     - Application in English

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 11, 2016, 11:59 p.m.


All applicants will be notified of their status via e-mail.

Contact email: boost.msde@maryland.gov