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

The BOOST online Application has been extended to May 17, 2021

The online Application will be available from March 10, 2021 at noon through May 17, 2021, 11:59 PM.

The BOOST online Application closed on May 17, 2021.

The BOOST Program provides scholarships for students who are eligible for the Free or Reduced-Price Meals program (FARMS).  Awards are granted based on household income, with the lowest income served first.  Click here to view the income thresholds for the program. Applications for BOOST Scholarships must include documents supporting income eligibility and school enrollment.

Required Application Documents:

You MUST submit two types of documents with your application to be considered for a scholarship award:
  1. 2020 Federal Income tax return - Form 1040/1040A/1040EZ, 
  2. Documentation from a participating nonpublic school that the student is enrolled or has applied for admission to the school.
Both required documents must be in pdf file format and uploaded to the BOOST online application.

Application Requirements:

  1. Students has submitted an application, been accepted or enrolled at a BOOST participating nonpublic school. The list of potential participating schools is available in a link on the main BOOST webpage.  
  2. Household income reported on Federal Income Tax return tax year 2020 forms must be within the FARMS threshold limits for household size and income. 
Detailed information regarding who is required to file a federal income tax return can be found here. An inter-active, on-line IRS interview that provides additional information regarding who must file a federal tax return and who should file to receive a refund can be found here.

ONLY if by law, you are not required to file a federal income tax return and have not submitted a federal income tax return to the IRS, you may complete and submit an alternative income verification form with supporting documentation necessary to verify income. The alternative income verification form can be found here. Supporting documents may include supplemental social security statements, or a 2020 budget letter from your local department of social services if you are receiving public benefits. Letters from a local school system will not be considered as documentation for BOOST eligibility.

3. 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.

4. If you do not have Adobe Reader software to create and open PDF documents, click here to download the Adobe PDF software.

Deadline to submit a complete application extended to 11:59 pm May 17, 2021.

The online application portal can be found here:  BOOST Application 2021-2022


For additional information, please contact the BOOST Program - boost.msde@maryland.gov