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Title I Eligibility

There are 4 levels of Title I grants: Basic, Concentration, Targeted and Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG). Each level has eligibility criteria that the school, Local Educational Agency (LEA) and/or state must meet in order to qualify for the grant. The Title I funds are allocated through statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

Basic Grant

  • An LEA must have at least 10 poverty children and;
  • Poverty children must exceed 2 percent of the LEA's school age population (ages 5-17).

Concentration Grant

  • An LEA must have at least 6,500 poverty children or;
  • Poverty children must be greater than 15 percent of the LEA's school age population (ages 5-17).

Targeted Grant

  • An LEA must have at least 10 poverty children and;
  • Poverty children must be at least 5 percent of the LEA's school age population (ages 5-17).

Education Finance Incentive Grants (EFIG)

  • A state must rank well in comparison to other states in its effort to provide financial support for education compared to its relative wealth as measured by its per capita income and;
  • A state must rank well in comparison to other states in its degree to which education expenditures among LEAs within the state are equalized and;
  • An LEA must have at least 10 poverty children and;
  • Poverty children must be at least 5 percent of the LEA's school age population (ages 5-17) and;
  • An LEA must target the Title I funds schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families and;
  • Schools must focus Title I services on children who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet state academic standards (unless a school is operating a schoolwide program*).
  • An LEA also must use Title I funds to provide academic enrichment services to eligible children enrolled in private schools.

*Schools in which poverty children make up at least 40 percent of enrollment are eligible to use Title I funds for schoolwide programs that serve all children in the school.


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