BOOST Program Applications Still Available!

BOOST is Maryland State funding for students to attend Catholic and other non-public schools. The application period for the 2020-2021 BOOST Program has been extended to July 15, 2020. BOOST provides financial awards for students who are eligible for the free or reduced–price lunch program. Awards are granted based on household income. Award applications are accepted for students currently attending non-public schools as well as those currently attending public schools.

  • BOOST has been funded for $7.5 million for the 20-21 school year. 
  • Families can expect to receive the same level of funding in 20-21 that they received in 19-20, assuming their financial eligibility remains the same and they complete the 20-21 application. 
  • As of April 27, 2020, MSDE has received 2,300 applications, less than half those received at this time last year. 
  • Low application rates will lead to funding being cut in the future.