Idaho students have until Friday to seek emergency funds

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho education officials say so many people have applied for federal emergency money intended to help children learn during the coronavirus pandemic that they’ll stop taking new applications after Friday.

The Strong Families, Strong Students program will provide up to $1,500 per child — with a per-family maximum of $3,500 — to about 30,000 kids who need assistance purchasing educational materials, computers or other services.

The Idaho State Board of Education says so far the state has received more than 31,000 applications for nearly 79,000 students seeking the funds. The money will be distributed based on economic need and when the applications are submitted.

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