MAA Eligibility & Expectations

Child Eligibility Requirements

In most cases, a child living in Minnesota qualifies if they:

  • Currently are in grades K-12, and

  • Attend public or private school or are homeschooled.

See additional requirements if you have a unique family situation to determine if a child qualifies.

Income Requirements

To qualify, your household income this year and last year must be $33,500 or less.  This number includes your federal adjusted gross income plus:

  • Nontaxable Social Security and/or Railroad Retirement Board benefits received

  • Deductions for payments made to an IRA, SEP, or SIMPLE plan

  • Total payments from programs including MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program), MSA (Minnesota Supplemental Aid), SSI (Supplemental Security Income), GA (General Assistance), GRH (Group Residential Housing), refugee cash assistance, and emergency assistance

  • Additional nontaxable income such as contributions to a 401(k) or deferred compensation plan, workers’ compensation, interest and mutual fund dividends, pension and annuity payments, and grants and scholarships

The following are not included in your household income:

  • Medicaid

  • Noncash benefits from government agencies, such as food or food stamps, clothing, medical supplies, fuel assistance, and child care assistance or payments made to child care providers

Expectations for the Enrolling Child’s Parent(s) or Guardian(s)

  • Commit to filing a Minnesota income tax return for the year of enrollment in MAA

  • Provide the required family contribution of 25% of the cost of each activity you participate in

  • Commit to ensuring that your child fully uses the services they registered for

  • Repay MAA for the amount loaned to you via your tax refund (which should include the tax credit to pay for the activities)