Student Eligibility & Online Application Software

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The North Dakota Student Eligibility System is a comprehensive package for school meals that will be made available by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) to all schools in the state at no cost.

The Division of Child Nutrition and Food Distribution (CNFD) will be offering its Student Eligibility Software for use at the beginning of the 17-18 SY (July 1, 2017).   Utilizing this technology will reduce eligibility determination errors and expedite the Administrative Review process by allowing CNFD to review Household Meal Applications and validate eligibility online prior to the on-site portion of the new Administrative Review. 

Features & Benefits
  • Online - Household Free and Reduced Priced Meal Applications
  • Online, user friendly meal application available from anywhere
  • Only complete applications can be submitted
  • Immediate eligibility determination and parent notification
  • Many school districts receive 80% of their applications online
  • Less manual processing equals less labor and fewer errors
  • Available in Spanish
 Application Scanning
  • Application can be scanned in lieu of manual data entry
  • Saves time and reduces calculation errors
  • Easy and immediate retrieval of electronically stored application images
Letters/Email to Household 
  • Choose to notify families via email and/or printed letters
  • Generate emails/letters in the language of the original application
  • Create customized notification templates
  • Save money on postage, paper and printing with email notifications 
  • System-generated verification sample
  • Generates initial and follow-up notifications, tracks responses and determines verification results
  • One-click Verification Summary Reporting
Direct Certification (DC)
  • Automatic DC of matched students
  • Review and manage unmatched students and extend DC to siblings with easy-to-use tools
  • System-identified lists of possible siblings
  • Increase Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) claiming percentages through higher DC counts
Remote Review
  • Increases preparedness for administrative review by keeping all documents and reports organized
  • State reviewers can review applications, direct certification verification prior to arriving on site for the review 
Works with Point-Of-Sale systems
  • Exports are available to upload into various electronic Point-of-Sale systems to keep eligibility current and synchronized