Flexibility of Effective Date of Eligibility

The Eligibility Manual for School Meals requires application determinations to be made within ten operating days from the date the application is received. Similarly, direct certification eligibility dates must be updated within three operating days of obtaining a match.
The below flexibilities allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to backdate applications to the date of submission and direct certification eligibility dates can be backdated to the date School Nutrition Unit receives a new data file. These flexibilities are extremely beneficial for families and SFAs in mitigating unpaid meal charges accrued during the determination period.

Please contact Rachael Burnham with questions (burnham_r@cde.state.co.us).

SFAs must have a method to document application submission dates and/or direct certification file receipt date (i.e. date stamp, School Nutrition email blasts, etc.). Please describe your method of documentation.

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