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Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)


REMINDER: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that plan to participate in CEP MUST complete the application process by JUNE 30. Please review the CEP Application Process (Web Instructions). 

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides the option to offer free meals to all students in eligible high poverty Local Education Agencies (LEA) and schools without collecting household applications.  Eligible LEAs and schools use a claiming percentage based on the number of identified students (primarily directly certified students) of at least 40%, multiplied by a factor of 1.6, to determine a free claiming percentage.  The difference between the free claiming percentage and 100% determines the percentage of meals to claim in the paid category.

Provided below is information to help determine if CEP is a good option for your LEA. 

CEP SY 2017-2018


CEP SY 2016-2017


CEP SY 2015-2016

CEP SY 2014-2015


CEP Application Process (Web Instructions) 

Final Rule


Title I


  • SP-08-2015: Updated E-Rate Guidance for Schools Electing Community Eligibility