Information for Service Providers

The Opportunity

Are you looking for ways to help increase participation among low-income students in your afterschool programs?  Is cost a frequent barrier to student participation?  Minnesota Afterschool Advance (MAA) is your solution!

MAA helps families utilize the Minnesota K-12 Education Credit (the “Tax Credit”), which can give them up to $1,000 per child to spend on qualified afterschool program expenses, giving families the ability to pay for programs like yours.

Qualified Service Providers

The Tax Credit can be used to cover:

  • fees paid for individual instruction, such as tutoring and music lessons,

  • the instructional portion of fees and tuition paid for out-of-school time programs or camps that are primarily academic in nature or related to the fine and performing arts. Examples include science exploration courses, language skills courses, academic summer camp, and band camp (non-instructional expenses like travel or room and board are not eligible expenses), or

  • driver’s education (both classroom and behind-the-wheel).

These programs must be taught by a “qualified instructor.”  To be a qualified instructor, the person must meet one of the following requirements:

  • be a Minnesota licensed teacher,

  • be directly supervised by a Minnesota licensed teacher,

  • have passed a teacher competency test,

  • teach in an accredited private school,

  • have at least a baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree (the subject you teach need not have any relation to your academic training), or

  • be a member of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

How It Works

To be eligible to be a service provider through MAA, you must first complete a simple process to become pre-certified for the Tax Credit by the Minnesota Department of Education.  Once pre-certified, MAA will work with you to enroll MAA students.  Payment for the services you provide will come directly from MAA.  MAA will also provide support to help you provide the required itemized receipts for each MAA student.

Get Started

If you’re interested in becoming an MAA service provider, please contact Matt Norris, Director of MAA, at or (763)-202-9012.