Free? yes please!
MAA Free Offer Available for limited time

This fall, Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) has a special free offer for the first 20 students who apply from the Itasca Area! Each student will be able to register for one MAA activity of their choice entirely free! That’s right, you pay absolutely nothing out of pocket. Driver’s ed? Free! Dance and art classes? Free! Tutoring? Free! Itasca Orchestra and Strings? Free!

How do I get my free offer?

  1. Find an Activity

    Visit our list of current offerings to see the programs and activities available in the Itasca area through MAA, but don’t register yet…

  2. Apply to MAA

    Before you can register your student for an activity through MAA, you must apply through our website or in-person by making an appointment with KOOTASCA Community Action at (218)-999-0800. If your student is one of the first 20 to apply in Grand Rapids this fall, we’ll send you a discount code to use for your free offer when your application is approved.

  3. Register for the Activity and Enter Your Discount Code to Register for Free!

Is my student eligible?

Students are generally eligible if:

  • They are in grades K-12.

  • Their family’s household income is $33,500 or less in both 2018 and 2019.

  • Their family will file a Minnesota tax return.

Families may also want to consult the more extensive list of eligibility requirements.

Who do I contact for help applying?

If you need assistance with the application or have questions, please contact KOOTASCA Community Action by calling

What is MAA?

MAA helps eligible families receive a significant discount on afterschool and summer activities in the Itasca Area by utilizing the K-12 Education Tax Credit. MAA makes a no-interest advance to you for the amount of the tax credit, and then state dollars automatically repay the advance when you file your taxes at the end of the year.

Can you explain more about how the MAA free offer works?

Sure! Here’s a helpful graphic that outlines the MAA process from start to finish. Typically, a family is responsible for paying the 25% of the activity cost that isn’t covered by MAA and the K-12 Education Tax Credit (as shown in the graphic). But, MAA will scholarship that 25% for the first 20 students who apply from the Itasca Area this fall. The result is that you pay absolutely nothing out of pocket!

What happens if I want to enroll my student in more than one activity?

That’s great! The free offer is only valid for one activity, but you can enroll your student in more activities through MAA and still enjoy the 75% off we typically provide.

What if my student is not one of the first 20 to apply?

We only have enough funding to provide free offers to the first 20 students who apply. Was your student number 21? Don’t worry—our regular prices are up to 75% off the list price for the activity, so you’ll still experience tremendous savings by registering through MAA.