BOOST Program Application Instructions

Income Guidelines

The BOOST Program provides scholarships for students who are eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Meals program. Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first. More about the income thresholds for the program.

Application Requirements:

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

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

    1. Documentation showing that the student has pursued enrollment in a 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. The list of potential participating schools is available in a link on the main BOOST web page.

    2. Documentation of family size and income: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ for tax year 2018 – including any applicable schedules, must be uploaded into the BOOST application as a pdf by the BOOST application deadline. If you are required by law to file a 2018 tax year return, you must upload a 2018 tax form.

      If you believe that you are not required by law to file a 2018 tax year return, you should carefully review the detailed IRS information regarding who is required to file an income tax return which can be found at www.irs.gov/faqs/filing-requirements-status-dependents-exemptions. There is also an interactive, on-line IRS interview that will further help you determine if you're required to file a federal tax return or if you should file to receive a refund. This on-line interview can be found at www.irs.gov/help/ita/do-i-need-to-file-a-tax-return.

    3. Documentation of family size and income: If by law, you are not required to file a federal 1040 tax form and have not submitted a tax return the IRS, you may submit an alternative form with the required documents. Download the BOOST Alternate Form for Income Verification and follow these directions.

      1. After downloading the alternate form – rename the file (for example - johndoe2019boost.pdf) and save it to your computer as an Adobe pdf file.

      2. Open the renamed file - johndoe2019boost.pdf - and enter your information. Make sure the information is both correct and complete. Incomplete alternate forms WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

      3. Save the completed file to your computer and open it to test that all information as entered is showing on the form.

      4. You must upload appropriate, official supporting documentation as a PDF file. Supporting documents may include Social Security pension statements (form 1099), or current year budget letter from your local department of social services if you are receiving public benefits. Please note that letters from a local school system indicating that your child receives free/reduced meals will not be considered as documentation for BOOST eligibility.

      5. Upload the fully completed/validated BOOST Alternate Form for Income Verification form and required supporting official documentation into the application as PDF files.

    4. If the student is in Informal Kinship Care, an affidavit verifying Informal Kinship Care must be submitted. Download the Informal Kinship Care affidavit form.

  3. If you do not have Adobe Reader software to create and open PDF documents, Download the Adobe PDF software.

Deadline to submit complete application – midnight April 17, 2019.

Link to the Boost application portal: BOOST Application 2019-2020

Download instructions how to print completed application.

For more information about BOOST, contact: boost.msde@maryland.gov