School districts are required to waive all fees for low income and homeless students who qualify for free breakfast and lunch. Homeless students are eligible for fee waivers regardless of their family’s income. Schools can ask for information to verify income, if their request is reasonable such as payroll stubs, public benefit award statements, or letters.
Special considerations for Chicago Public Schools
Because all Chicago Public School (CPS) students receive free breakfast and lunch regardless of their income, CPS students whose family income meets the federal income guidelines for free breakfast and lunch (130% of the federal poverty level) are eligible for school fee waivers.
Students who are in the free lunch program at their school also qualify for a school fee waiver. You can apply for your child to get free lunch at school. If your child gets reduced-priced lunch or doesn’t participate in the free lunch program, the school must give you a way to apply for a fee waiver.
Your child also qualifies for a fee waiver if you:
- Receive SNAP or TANF benefits;
- Are homeless;
- Are a migrant or runaway; or
- Have a child in Head Start.