Senate recommends increased funding for BOOST; Less than 1 month left to apply for 2019-2020 scholarships

While the General Assembly works out the final details of the budget, the State Department of Education is already accepting applications for BOOST scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Applicants only have until April 17 at midnight to submit their application to the state. Applicants must have completed their 2018 tax return and applied to the school of their choice to be considered for a scholarship. 

"There are just a few weeks left to apply for BOOST and we are encouraging every family that is interested to apply,"said Garrett O'Day, deputy director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. "If you know someone who is interested, please share this link with them as soon as possible!"

To learn more about the requirements and to apply for BOOST, visit: http://marylandpublicschools.org/pages/boost/index.aspx

Maryland's Senate voted this week to keep all $10 million of proposed funding for the BOOST Scholarship program in the 2019-2020 budget, a move that comes just days after the House voted to cut the program. 

The differing spending plans passed by the two chambers means that legislators now must reach a compromise before the budget deadline of April 1. 

"We are grateful for the Maryland Senators who see the incredible value that BOOST provides to so many low-income students and families across our state," O'Day said. "We hope our General Assembly can agree on a final budget that maintains scholarships for the more than 3,000 existing students who are part of the BOOST program, and expands the program to allow even more deserving families the ability to choose the educational option best suited for their child."

Governor Larry Hogan proposed increasing the BOOST Scholarship Program's funding to $10 million for the coming fiscal year, an increase of just shy of $3 million from the current budget. The Senate kept his recommendation intact. However, the House voted to reduce the program to about $5.5 million, a cut of roughly $2 million from the current year's funding. 

The differing spending plans passed by Maryland's two legislative chambers requires the budget be discussed by a conference committee. The conference committee's job will be to reach a compromise on the budget. 

Maryland has until April 1 at midnight to pass its fiscal year 2019-2020 budget through both chambers.