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CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible​ students in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) for schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.​

 Application Process

School Year 2023-2024 CEP Application:

The Online CEP Evaluation and Application Module is available to all sponsors. The module began accepting CEP applications for SY 23-24 on April 1, 2023. The deadline for CEP application submission is traditionally June 30, 2023.​

Step One of the CEP application process is to secure an enrollment file, ensuring that all NSLP/SBP students are included in the template format below. ISBE team members are available for technical assistance if needed. Contact us at​ or (800) 545-7892.

For any school electing CEP for the first time, it is highly recommended that you complete the CEP evaluation worksheets below to ensure that election to CEP is financially feasible for your school/district.​​​​​​

 Evaluation Worksheets


 Outreach Data


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