Economically At Risk Information

Students who qualify for free or reduced price meals under Federal income guidelines may also qualify for savings and supplemental support while enrolled in the Blue Water Middle College Academy (BWMCA).

The BWMCA does not participate in the U. S. Department of Agriculture school nutrition program, but the same guidelines are used to determine eligibility for other economic or academic supports. Benefits to students that qualify for free or reduced cost lunch may include:

  • Future college/university application fees waived

  • Cost of SAT retake waived

  • Participation in special support programs or services implemented by the Blue Water Middle College Academy*

* The BWMCA may be able to implement new support programs or services with funding provided by the state or Federal governments based on the number of students qualifying for free or reduced cost lunch. 

In order for our district/ academy to receive additional funding, families that meet the income criteria must either be directly certified by the State of Michigan or complete and return an application.  Students are directly certified if they qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Aid for Needy Families Program (TANF), or if they are a foster child.  If you are unsure of your status and eligibility for benefits related to Free or Reduced Cost Meals, please contact the BWMCA director, Pete Spencer, at 810-989-5805.

If the student is not directly certified, but the family income falls under the guidelines found on the chart below, they should complete and submit The Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals.  A link to the application is below the chart, and it is available in the middle college office.

The chart below lists the guidelines for the 2019 - 2020 school year.  If your household annual income falls at or below the amounts listed based on your household size, your son or daughter will qualify for possible benefits.

FEDERAL INCOME ELIGIBILITY CHART for School Year 2019-2020

Household Size

Annually

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,107

1,926

445

2

31,284

2,607

602

3

39,461

3,289

759

4

47,638

3,970

917

5

55,815

4,652

1,074

6

63,992

5,333

1,231

7

72,169

6,015

1,388

8

80,346

6,696

1,546

Each additional person:

8,177

682

158


​Click the link below to access the Household Application for Free and Reduced Lunch.  It will open as a PDF file that must be printed and filled out by hand.
Free and Reduced-price application.pdf

Directions for completing the application can be found at this link:
How to Apply for Free or Reduced Cost Lunch

Completed applications must be turned in to the Blue Water Middle College Academy office or mailed to the middle college at:

Blue Water Middle College Academy
323 Erie St.
Port Huron, MI 48061

Paper copies of the application are also available in the middle college office and can be completed and submitted there during office hours.

If you have any questions about eligibility for Free or Reduced-cost Lunch and the benefits that might be available to students who qualify, please contact the BWMCA director, Pete Spencer, at 810-989-5805 or at spencer.pete@sccresa.org.