Back to School

About the Back to School Program

This year's Back to School Program has changed. The program will be a pre-approval process. You will not automatically receive a letter and application in the mail as in previous years. 

The Back to School program provides clothing vouchers and bookbags to families with children who meet the specified eligibility criteria. To be eligible for the program, the families income cannot exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and children must be entering/enrolled grades K-12 during the 2024-2025 school year.

All applications will be submitted online during the period April 15, 2024 – May 03, 2024. The number of applications processed and children served will be contingent upon funding.  Applications will be reviewed and processed in chronological order of submission. No applications will be considered if they are submitted outside the specified timeframe. 

This year, there will not be a waiting list for the Back-to-School Program.

Applicants who are approved for the back-to-school voucher program will receive an approval notice in the mail and a letter outlining the distribution dates and instructions.  Applicants who are denied due to ineligibility or lack of funding will receive a denial notice in the mail.

Who Qualifies?

To be considered for the Back to School programs:

    • You must complete an on-line application and submit all requested documentation to Richland County Job & Family Services to be considered for the Back-to-School voucher program..
    • Income, residency, and the child's school enrollment are some of the factors required to determine eligibility. 

What Do You Need to Apply for Back to School Program?

    • Complete and SIGN the on-line Application
    • Submit copies of four consecutive paystubs (if paid weekly) or two consecutive pay stubs (if paid bi-weekly) or other income verification. 
    • Copies of Birth Certificates and Social Security cards for all members of the household.
    • Verification of school enrollment is required.

NOTICE: Unsigned applications may not be processed



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