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 FY2020 poverty guidelines published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2020.

Family Size Gross Income

2              $31,894

3              $40,182

4              $48,470

5              $56,758

6              $65,046

7              $73,344

8              $80,346

9*             $81,622

For family units of more than eight members, add $8,288 for each additional member.

*See Family Size of 9 as an example.