Is My Child Eligible?

To qualify for a Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship, you must be the parent, legal guardian or agency worker of the child(ren) and your family must meet the following requirements.

  • You must have a Minnesota home address in order to be eligible for scholarships.
  • You must provide proof that your child currently participates in at least one of the following programs:
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
  • Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP)
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Head Start
  • Foster Care


To qualify for an Early Learning Scholarship, a family’s income must be equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level in the current calendar year. The chart below based on FY2019 poverty guidelines published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2019.

Family Size Gross Income
2 $31,283.50
3 $39,460.50
4 $47,637.50
5 $55,814.50
6 $63,991.50
7 $72,168.50
8 $80,345.50
9* $88,522.50

For family units of more than eight members, add $8,177 for each additional member. *See Family Size of 9 as an example.