School in Need FAQs

What does it mean to be a School in Need?
The schools in need we have listed in the Box Tops App are Title I, Part A and have more than 40% of the enrolled students on the Free & Reduced-Price Lunch Program. Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies for children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

The Title I Schools you see listed in the Box Tops for Education mobile app come from MDR’s (Market Data Retrieval) ConnectEd Database. This data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's statistical branch, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in its annual survey to public schools, the Common Core of Data (CCD) which is refreshed every July. The schools visible in the app only include the Title I Schools that are Schoolwide Title I and where more than 40% of students enrolled are on the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Act of 1946. Schoolwide programs address the educational needs of children living in low-income communities with comprehensive strategies for improving the whole school so every student can achieve higher levels of academic proficiency. Schoolwide programs have great flexibility for participating schools to determine how to organize their operations and allocate the multiple funding sources available to them. They do not have to identify individual children as eligible for services or separately track federal dollars. Instead, schoolwide programs can use all allocated funds to increase the amount and quality of learning time (nces.ed.gov).

My School is Title I. Why don’t I see it in the app’s list?
In order for your school to be eligible, they must have been part of the NCES annual survey identifying your school as receiving schoolwide Title I funding by July of the current year, and more than 40% of students enrolled must be on the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Act of 1946. We only list those schools that are eligible for schoolwide Title I funding that meet this criteria, as opposed to some schools who receive funding for individual students. They also must be a Box Tops for Education current participating school. If your K-8 school is not currently enrolled in the Box Tops for Education Program, confirm the eligibility requirements in the Program Rules. Then ask your school administrator to call us at 1-888-799-2444 to be considered for enrollment in the Program. Please note: Only a School Administer can make an enrollment request.

Why is Box Tops highlighting Schools in Need?
Box Tops believes a child’s education is the foundation to achieving their fullest potential. We have always existed to help the school community get what it needs for every child. By highlighting schools that receive schoolwide Title I funding with enrollment in the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program greater than 40%, we are making it easier for our members to find and support schools that are most in need. All participants will be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice, however this update can make it easier for participants without a direct connection to a school find & support schools in need of a little extra help.

Do Schools in Need get more earnings with Box Tops?
No. The official program rules are currently the same for every school that participates in Box Tops.

I thought Title I schools already received government funding. Do they really need more with Box Tops?
Even with the additional government funding, there is still great disparity in funding levels between high and low poverty school districts. According to the Education Trust, “Across the country, the U.S. spends approximately 7 percent — or $1,000 — less per pupil on students educated in our nation’s highest poverty districts than those educated in the wealthiest.” At Box Tops, we believe that highlighting Title I schools within the app can make it easier to find and support schools in need. All participants will be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice, however this update can make it easier for participants without a direct connection to a school to find & support schools in need.

My school is not a Title I school – can it still participate in Box Tops?
Absolutely. The goal of highlighting Title I schools in the app is to drive greater awareness around schools in need and to give participants the ability to support a school if they do not have a direct tie to a school. You may continue to support your school, or any other school of your choosing.

Does this change affect how much I can earn for my school?
No, each product participating in the Box Tops program is still worth 10 cents for your school & participants will continue be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice.

I saw that my app earnings were matched to a School in Need. Which school did those earnings go to?
The earnings went to a Box Tops for Education eligible School in Need that was located closest to your ZIP code in your account settings. A school in need is a Title I school where more than 40% of its students are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. If your selected school at the time of scan was a School in Need, or if you have a School in Need in your supported school list, then matched earnings went to that school.

How do I find out which School in Need my matched earnings went to?
You can find the school your earnings went to by looking at the My Earnings section in the app. Those earnings, along with the school name, will be flagged as the Match Bonus.

My school is a School in Need. Do the matched earnings go to my school?
Yes! You should see the matched earnings reflected in your Earnings History and Earning Moments in your school dashboard.

Can I choose the School in Need that matched earnings go to?
Currently, you are unable to select which school your matched earnings go to. The app simplifies the process by finding the closest School in Need to your ZIP code in your account settings. If your school is a School in Need, or if you have a School in Need in your supported schools list, then matched earnings will go to that school.

I just got a message that my earnings were matched. How much of my earnings were matched to a School in Need?
100% of real-time total base and bonus earnings get matched to the closest School in Need. The total amounts are in your My Earnings section in the app.

There are multiple Schools in Need located near my current selected school. Which one did my matched earnings go to?
If there is more than one School in Need within the same proximity closest to your selected school, then the earnings go to the School in Need with the lowest earnings in the school year.

My earnings were matched to a School in Need last week, but I just scanned again, and they weren’t matched. Are you no longer matching to Schools in Need?
School in Need matching occurs during key moments and timeframes throughout the year, but is not always on. There are often limits to how much we will match to Schools in Need, so if the limit is reached, then the offer will no longer be available. Match programs can also be brand or retailer-specific, so check back in the app for details on the match programs that are currently running.

Do I have to buy specific products for my earnings to match to a School in Need?
Sometimes our match programs require specific brands to be purchased. Check back in the app for the details on match programs that are currently running.

Do I have to shop at specific stores for my earnings to match to a School in Need?
Sometimes our match programs require that you shop at specific retailers. Check back in the app for the details on match programs that are currently running.

Is there a cap to how much I can earn for Schools in Need?
Most match programs will have a cap set on how much is earned for Schools in Need. Check back in the app for the details on match programs that are currently running.

Do digital receipt submissions count towards matching?
When digital receipts are forwarded to receipts@boxtops4education.com and successfully earn for your selected school, the match will count towards a School in Need. Unfortunately, digital receipts submitted via our Contact Us form will not qualify for the match.

I won a sweepstakes! Will my winnings be matched to a School in Need?
Sweepstakes earnings are not typically matched to a School in Need. Please review the full sweepstakes rules available at BTFE.com for details.

I recently submitted Missed Earnings during a match period. Will those earnings be matched to a School in Need?
Missed Earnings do not count towards match programs.

Can I Give Credit to a School in Need?
You can only Give Credit to grades or classrooms in your supported school list. If your match goes to a school other than one that you are supporting, then you will not be able to Give Credit.

My school is a School in Need, so I got the match back to my school. Can I Give Credit for these matched earnings?
Yes! Since you are supporting the School in Need, you are able to Give Credit.

My school is not considered is not a School in Need. Can I get the match?
No, only Schools in Need are eligible for the match.

My school is a School in Need, but I did not get the match. Why?
For your school to qualify, it must meet our criteria on how we are defining a School in Need. Your school must be Title I and with at least 40% of the student population on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, and it must be flagged as a School in Need within the app. Missed Earnings do not count toward match programs.