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Direct Certification

What is Direct Certification?

Direct certification is the process under which LEAs certify children who are members of households receiving assistance under the Food Stamp program, Cash Assistance (formerly TANF) or FDPIR as eligible for free school meals, without further application, based on information provided by the State/local agency administering those programs. – Eligibility Manual for School Meals, January 2008

Tutorials/Training Guides

Direct Certification System User Manual - PowerSchool SFA

Direct Certification System User Manual - NonPowerSchool SFA

The New Direct Certification System slides (11/2019)

RECORDED WEBINAR - The New Direct Certification System (11/8/2019)

Direct Certification Extended Benefits

USDA Policy Memo SP 38-2009
    Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household

USDA Policy Memo SP 25-2010
    Questions and Answers on Extending Categorical Eligibility to Additional Children in a Household

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