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$1,000 Learning Recovery Bonus for Kansas Families Available Now

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — A previously announced $1,000 Remedial Learning Bonus Program for Kansas families has officially opened for applications.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday, Feb. 22, that the Kansas Education Enrichment Program has officially opened applications for parents and qualified guardians of students in the Sunflower State. She said the program will provide $1,000 per student to pay for various educational goods and services to aid in remedial learning and create opportunities for academic enrichment.

“This program will provide Kansas students with new opportunities and resources to help them thrive in the classroom,” Governor Kelly said. “I encourage all families who qualify to apply for KEEP.”

Kelly indicated that KEEP funds can be used for various educational enrichment activities which include:

  • Day and night camps with an academic curriculum such as music, art, science, technology, agriculture, math, and engineering
  • Curriculum and teaching materials including some technological devices
  • Language courses
  • Musical instruments and lessons
  • Tutoring

The Governor noted the funds are not eligible for private tuition.

Kelly said eligibility is determined by financial need and that funds will be given to actively enrolled K-12 students ages 5 to 18. Those whose household income is less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines are eligible.

According to the Governor, future rounds of funding could come with expanded household income eligibility metrics, subject to funding availability.

KEEP was offered through a contract between Merit International, Inc. and the Kansas Office of Recovery to assist in educational opportunities in response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was funded with American Rescue Plan Act money through the SPARK process.

To see if families are eligible or for more information, click HERE.

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