WHAT ARE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS?

  • Schools that participate in School Nutrition Programs accept applications for Educational Benefits at any time. Approval is based on comparison of the household’s income to current U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) household income guidelines. Schools send an Application for Educational Benefits form to the households of all enrolled students at the beginning of each school year. A letter accompanies the form and explains school meal benefits and how to apply.

    Households that have already been approved for the following public assistance programs can complete an Application for Educational Benefits using case number(s) instead of household income information:

    • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

    To learn more about this program > https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/FNS/SNP/proc/App/

application for educational benefits

APPLY ONLINE

  • APPLY ONLINE! 
    The Application for Educational Benefits is available online in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Note: You must have a parent portal account to apply online. If you need access, please contact Hope Mack at hmack@isd717.org or call 952-492-4221.

    Online Steps:

    1. Log into your Parent Portal
    2. Choose 'More' in the menu
    3. Choose 'Meal Benefits' 

SUBMIT PAPER APPLICATION

  • Paper applications should be returned to the Jordan Public Schools District Office.

    Drop Off In Person:
    500 Sunset Drive
    Jordan, MN 55352

    Mail:
    Jordan Public Schools
    District Office
    500 Sunset Drive, Suite #1
    Jordan, MN 55352

    Email:
    Hope Mack
    hmack@isd717.org

    With questions, please call Hope Mack
    at 952-492-4221

LEARN MORE

  • WOULD I QUALIFY?
    The income thresholds are higher than in other programs, so many families are surprised to find they DO qualify. 

    APPLYING BENEFITS THE SCHOOL TOO!
    Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for their school as well. Compensatory revenue is money schools receive from the state to meet the needs of students. When qualifying families don’t apply for meal benefits, it results in lost revenue for our district and students. Compensatory revenue can be used to meet learners' needs in the following ways:

    • direct instructional services
    • remedial instruction
    • additional teachers and teacher aides to provide more individualized instruction
    • extended school day care or summer programs
    • comprehensive and ongoing staff development to improve their ability to identify the needs of these learners and provide appropriate remediation, intervention, accommodations, or modifications
    • instructional materials, digital learning, and technology
    • programs to reduce truancy, encourage completion of high school, enhance self-concept, provide health services, provide nutrition services, provide a safe and secure learning environment, provide coordination for pupils receiving services from other governmental agencies, provide psychological services to determine the level of social, emotional, cognitive, and intellectual development, and provide counseling services, guidance services, and social work services
    • all-day kindergarten
    • and more found here

    These applications may also make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans.