State to start accepting BOOST Scholarship applications as early as this week

As soon as this week, the Maryland Department of Education will start accepting applications for BOOST Scholarships (Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today Scholarship Program) for the 2020-21 school year.

Each year, the state gives about 6 weeks for families to apply for a BOOST Scholarship for the coming school year. Last year, the state started accepting applications in February.

"We expect the state to start taking applications any day now," said Garrett O'Day, deputy director of the Maryland Catholic Conference."Demand for the BOOST Scholarship program grew by more than 25 percent last year and many students remain on a waiting list. So it's important for families to be ready when the application period opens."

Eligibility for a scholarship is based on financial need. For a full list of requirements, CLICK HERE.

The Conference has been a strong supporter of the BOOST Scholarship Program since it was created by the General Assembly in 2016. Since 2016, the program has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships to low-income families, empowering those families to choose Catholic or other nonpublic school for their children. The average qualifying family made $32,999 in 2018. 

For the 2020-21 school year, the state is considering increasing funding for BOOST to $10 million, up from about $7.5 million for the current school year. 

The Conference is encouraging anyone who might be interested in applying to sign up for the Maryland BOOST Scholarship Coalition's Action Network so they will be the first to know when it is time to apply. The Conference is a member of the Maryland BOOST Scholarship Coalition. To join the BOOST Scholarship Coalition Action Network CLICK HERE.