School Funding Form

  • Complete your School Funding Form today!

     

    Visit schoollunchapp.com to apply.

     The 2021-2022 school year is underway and we need your help. We need every family to complete the School Funding Form, regardless of household size or household income.

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    The School Funding Form needs to be submitted each year from every AUSD family. You can complete the form right now with this link to schoollunchapp.com.

  • What is the School Funding Form?

    The School Funding Form collects basic information about your student so AUSD can qualify to receive additional money and programs.

    Why does every family need to complete the School Funding Form?

    It is important for EVERY family to fill out this form because doing so helps bring much needed additional money and services to your student's school and to AUSD.

    AUSD receives funding from the state and federal governments to support the needs of low-income students. For each student who qualifies for Community Benefits available to free and reduced-price qualifying households, AUSD receives thousands of additional dollars in funding. Even a small increase in eligible forms collected results in significantly more money to support our schools and students.

    What if my student doesn't eat school meals?

    Filling out the form is very important. It ensures that your school gets all of the funding and benefits available to support teachers and students. Even if your student does not eat school meals, your family may receive Community Benefits available to free and reduced-price qualifying households, such as:

    • Discounts for your family on utilities
    • Reduced priced or free internet service
    • Reduced fees for SAT and ACT tests and college applications

    Where can I pick up a School Funding Form?

    You may already have the blue form from your student’s back to school packet. If not, pick up a paper application from your student’s school, the District Office, or the Nutrition Services Office.  Return completed forms to the same locations.

    Information

    If you have received an email/letter that your student is Directly Certified or qualifies for Community Benefits available to free and reduced-price households for the 21/22 school year, you do not have to complete a new application.  Visit www.schoollunchstatus.com to view your student's current meal eligibility status.

    To determine if your student(s) will qualify for Community Benefits based on your household size and household income, check the California Department of Education Income Levels for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Printing Application Results Letter

    An email was sent to you if your child qualifies for Community Benefits available to free and reduced-price qualifying households.  To view or print a copy of the letter, visit www.schoollunchstatus.com.  If you did not receive a letter and you believe your student qualifies for Community Benefits, apply online at www.schoollunchapp.com.  A new application must be completed annually.

    If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application, please contact the Nutrition Services Office at (925) 779-7600, option 2.

    CalFresh Food

    CalFresh Food helps people from low-income families buy the nutritious food they need for good health.  Recipients can buy food at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer.  For more information, click here.

    SELECT: GetCalFresh.org is an on-line CalFresh application tool that takes 10 minutes to complete.  It is available in English, Spanish and Cantonese.

    CALL:  Call the CalFresh Info Line (877)-847-3663 to get connected to your county.  The Info Line is available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Russian.  For speech or hearing assistance call 711 Relay.

    COME IN:  Use the interactive locator map to find a county office nearest you.

    If you have any questions regarding CalFresh Food, please contact by phone (877) 847-3663 or on the website at CalFreshFood.org.

    Earned Income Tax Credit

    Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.

    You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.