Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form
Create an account and apply online through SchoolCafe (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese). Allow 5 business days for processing. You will be notified via email (to the address you have on file with the Enrollment Office) that your eligibility results are ready to access.
- Help secure essential funding for your school, like teacher salaries and school supplies
- Receive discounted utilities like internet for your home
- Become eligible for afterschool programs and SAT fee waivers
- Receive benefits regardless of citizenship status
Use these resources and learn more below.
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How do I know if my children qualify for school eligibility benefits?
- For the 2021-2022 school year, all meals are free for all SFUSD students, regardless of income.
- On SchoolCafe.com, create an account or log in. Select Add a Student and use the SFUSD student ID number, school, and last name. Under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. This will bring up your letter of eligibility. You can view, print or download your letter. If there is no letter, click Apply to submit an application.
How To: Create an Account
- Go to SchoolCafe.com
- Under Need to Create an Account? Select CA-California and type in San Francisco USD.
- Click Go to My District.
- Select Create a New Account and follow the steps to register. Use the email address you use in ParentVUE.
- Once logged in, select Add a Student to link your student(s) to your SchoolCafe account.
If you previously created an account but forgot your login information, select Forgot Username? or Forgot Password? on SchoolCafe.com and follow the steps to reset your username or password.
How To: Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form on SchoolCafe
- Download the SchoolCafe app or visit SchoolCafe.com
- Login to your account (Need to create an account? See above.)
- Apply for free or reduced school eligibility benefits (submit only one form per household)
- Read the Tips/Instructions and Income Guidelines English | Español | 中文 | عربي | Tagalog | Tiếng Việt
- Complete each step and submit
- Review confirmation page (save your confirmation number)
- Please allow 5 business days to receive an email with the results
How To: Access Your Eligibility Letter
- Access online by logging in to SchoolCafe.com. Under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. You can print or download your letter.
- If you don't see your letter, go to the Dashboard, select Add a Student, enter the SFUSD student ID number, school, and last name. Then, under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. If there is no letter, click Apply to submit a form.
- Alternatively, you can request a copy by emailing the student name, school name and SFUSD student ID number or date of birth to SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu.
About the Multipurpose Family Income Form
- You may resubmit the Multipurpose Family Income Form at any time. If there is a change in your household size, income, or employment status, you may submit a new form at any time.
- Free or reduced school eligibility benefits are available if your household’s income is less than or equal to the income guidelines. If anyone in your household receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) your student(s) will be eligible through the case number included on your form. SFUSD also participates in Direct Certification. If you receive notification that your students are directly certified, you do not need to submit this form. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant education, or runaway are eligible for free school benefits, and are encouraged to submit a form.
- The school eligibility benefits do not apply to the “public charge” rule. Meals are available regardless of citizenship status and families should continue to submit a form. A social security number is not required on the form. Contact the Student Family Resource Line at FamilyLink@sfusd.edu or 415-340-1716 with questions.
- By submitting the form, you are supporting our efforts to provide better school meals. Federal, local, and private grant funding is based on the number of eligible forms we collect. Submitting the form helps provide classroom funding at your school.
- Your information is secure. Student Nutrition Services will share your information only for the purposes of determining school eligibility benefits or for educational use. Our online platforms are secure.
Earned Income Tax Credit
The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) are state tax credits for working Californians. If you qualify, you may see a reduced tax bill or a bigger refund. Visit caleitc4me.org.
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.