School Clothing Allowance
Information on this page refers to the Nutrition Assistance program Information on this page refers to the Cash Assistance program
This subject includes information about benefits paid to participants receiving a School Clothing Allowance.
School clothing allowance payments are received from the Department of Child Safety (DCS)(g) to assist foster parents in providing new clothes for school-aged foster care youth.
For NA, the payments made for a school clothing allowance are countable unless one of the following applies:
Paid annually or less frequently
Paid in the form of a voucher
For CA, the payments made for school clothing allowance are countable.
Countable income is used to determine an income budget. (See Income Budgeting to see how FAA determines the income budget.) FAA needs to know about income that is both countable and not countable to determine whether a budgetary unit’s income is exceeding their expenses. (See Income Eligibility for more information about how FAA uses countable and not countable income.)
The participant has the primary responsibility for providing verification. (See Participant Responsibilities – Providing Verification for additional policy.)
For NA, all of the following income is required to be verified before eligibility is determined:
Reported on a new application, during the interview of a new application, or changes reported before the eligibility determination of a new application.
Changes after an eligibility determination of a new application (e.g., a renewal application, mid approval contact, etc.) and any of the following apply:
The source of the income has changed.
The income is questionable(g) or unclear(g).
The reported income amount has changed by $51 or more.
The previous verification in the case file is more than 59 calendar days old.
For CA, all income is required to be verified before determining eligibility.
Examples of verification that can be used for a school clothing allowance include, and are not limited to, any of the following:
Assistance payments records
Bank records
Agency or payer providing the income
Current check reflecting gross income (Do not copy federal government checks)
Signed statement from the agency or payer providing the income
Legal Authorities
7 CFR 253.6(d)(2)(ii)(B)
7 CFR 273.9(b)(2)(ii)
45 CFR 233.20(a)(3)(ii)
last revised 10/02/2023