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Financial Assistance

Need help covering the cost of school related expenses?

Fill out an Educational Benefits Application to learn if you're eligible for assistance with school-related activities. Applications will be processed beginning in August.

Online applications are processed through SchoolCafe. You will need to sign in to your account.

Your Educational Benefits Application could help not just your family, but kids across the district in many ways. Just one form ensures continued funding to support ALL kids in our schools. Families MUST fill out a new application for benefits at the beginning of each school year or benefits will expire! Applications will be processed beginning in August.

Benefits For You

  • Sports and activities: Reduced fees to participate on school teams or clubs
  • Instruments, equipment and other supplies: Free or reduced costs to rent musical instruments or purchase equipment or supplies needed for activities or sports
  • Field Trips: Free or reduced costs to attend field trips with your class
  • College Application & Testing Fees: Discount on fees associated with applying for college and for participating in academic testing such as SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement
  • Utility help: Some companies will offer reduced fees on utilities, such as electricity and internet

Benefits For All Students

  • School Funding: Increased funding for our schools to ensure kids receive the support they need
  • Technology Funding: Increased funding to schools to improve internet access, wireless and network services

Who can qualify for Education Benefits?

Children in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and foster children can get free school meals without reporting household income. Also, children can get educational benefits if their household income is within the maximum income shown for their household size on the instructions. Approval for educational benefits is good for the school year.

  • Due to new state legislation, a complete breakfast and lunch meal will be provided at no cost for all students.
  • A list of additional resources available to those who qualify will be available soon.

Need your educational benefits letter?

  1. If you submitted your application online, you can go into your Schoolcafe account and print it off. 
  2. Check your e-mail. Most letters were sent via e-mail. Be sure to check your spam folder. Please note, letters are sent to the email address listed in PowerSchool.  
  3. Call 651.351.8326 and request your letter to be e-mailed to you or printed and mailed. You can also request the letter to be printed and you can stop and pick up at the Central Services Building located at 1875 South Greeley Street in Stillwater.

Pursuant to United States Code, title 42, section 1758(b)(6)(A), the Department of Education shall enter into an agreement with the Department of Human Services to share the eligibility information provided by each school for the limited purpose of identifying children who may be eligible for medical assistance or MinnesotaCare. Parents must contact the school district in writing if they choose not to have this information disclosed.

Youth Advantage

Youth Advantage is a nonprofit organization that provides eligible young people access to activities offered in our community through financial need-based scholarships and loan of new or gently used athletic equipment, musical instruments, or other necessary items.

Families who live in Independent School District 834’s boundaries and 1) whose children qualify for Educational Benefits or 2) who have experienced a recent financial hardship, likely qualify for a Youth Advantage Scholarship. Serving students in grades K-12.

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Valley Outreach

Valley Outreach is the only nonprofit in the St. Croix Valley / Stillwater, Minn. area that provides people with a wide range of support – whether they need food, clothing, or help to navigate resources during challenging times. Their programs include a food shelf, clothing program and client support services. 


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