Established in 2016, Maryland’s Broadening Options and Opportunities for Students Today (BOOST) Program provides vouchers to low-income students to attend eligible nonpublic schools. Scholarships are provided to families eligible for the free/reduced-price lunch program, and are given based on household income, with lower incomes served first.
BOOST is the nation’s 26th voucher program and throughout the state, and 10% of families with children throughout Maryland are income-eligible.
During the 2018-2019 fiscal school year, the State of Maryland allocated $7.6 million for BOOST scholarships. There were 3,410 participating students during that school year as well. With about 176 participating schools, there are many options for you to choose from!
The language in Senate Bill 125 of the 2019 legislative session governs the BOOST program for the 2019-2020 school year, which is now open! Even if you have received BOOST funds in previous years, you still must reapply.
The application is open now through April 17, 2019! And applying for BOOST does not affect your chances of receiving support from CSFB. If you have any questions about the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.