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Applications Now Open For School Clothing Stipend

A mother and young daughter shop for school clothes together.
An annual program administered by the Department of Human Services and the Bureau for Family Assistance grants parents a stipend to purchase back-to-school clothing for their kids.
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Parents of children attending West Virginia schools can currently apply for financial assistance to buy their children school clothing.

Administered by the West Virginia Department of Human Services (DoHS) and the Bureau for Family Assistance, the annual school clothing allowance program grants students $200 to purchase school wear through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card.

Purchases can then be made online, or through retailers that accept EBT payments.

Children in foster care, households that receive aid through the WV WORKS program and families 130 percent below the federal poverty level who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits automatically qualify for the benefits.

Other households may qualify based on their monthly income, if it does not exceed $3,250 a month for a family of four.

To apply online, visit the West Virginia People’s Access To Help program website.

Parents and guardians can also request a paper application through the mail by contacting their county DoHS office, or by calling the Office of Constituent Services at 877-716-1212.

Applications will close July 31.