Free & Reduced Program
The Free and Reduced Program is available to all eligible families, providing discounts and waivers to ensure our students receive the support they need.
- Free and reduced-price meals
- District waivers and discounts including iPad fees, reduced Fine Arts district instrument usage fees, Extended School Day (ESD) fees and more
- College readiness waivers and discounts including SAT, ACT and AP exam fees and college application fees
- NCAA fee waivers
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. While an application is not required for free meals this year, LISD will process Free and Reduced Program applications to determine student status which may provide benefits beyond free meals. The Free and Reduced Program application also helps verify P-EBT benefits.
Applying now will also ensure your student continues to receive these benefits for the first 30 days of the next school year.
Am I eligible?
Families that have a gross household income within the limits determined by federal government guidelines qualify for the Free and Reduced Program. Only one application is needed for all children in your household who attend LISD schools.
Additionally, families receiving benefits from any of the following special programs may be eligible for the Free and Reduced Program:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Families must complete the Free and Reduced Program application and include their Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number in the application to be approved.
Foster, Homeless, Runaway or Migrant Students
Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for the Free and Reduced Program regardless of the income of their resident household. Students who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify. Your U.S. citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility.
Families must complete the Free and Reduced Program application and include the Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number in the application to be approved.
Children attending Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start are also eligible for the Free and Reduced Program. Pre-K Families wishing to access the Free and Reduced Program should complete an application.
Students ages 0-21, who temporarily lost access to the Free and Reduced Program due to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). P-EBT can be used to buy food from any retail location that accepts Lone Star Cards. To learn more and apply for this assistance visit yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/PEBT.
Deadline to apply is August 13, 2021.
My student's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out a new one for this year?
Yes. An application is only good for that school year and for the first 30 days of the next school year. Send in a new application unless the school has told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?
Yes. Apply at any time during the school year. A child with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for the free and reduced program if the household income drops below the income limit determined by the federal government.
What if my income amount is not always the same?
List the amount normally received. If a household member lost a job or had hours/wages reduced, use current income.