CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The application period for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) School Clothing Allowance has been extended, according to a release. Applications were originally due on July 31, but now, West Virginia families can submit as late as August 12. The allowance will give eligible children who are enrolled in West Virginia schools a $200 benefit to buy back-to-school clothing.

The benefit can be used to buy appropriate school clothing or goods for families to make clothing for their children.

The following groups automatically received School Clothing Allowance benefits for each school-age child in the home:

  • Families with school-age children who currently receive WV WORKS cash assistance
  • Parents or guardians of children in foster care
  • Children ages 4-18 who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, are enrolled in school and whose household income is under 130% of the Federal Poverty Level

Families who received School Clothing Allowance in 2021 and currently have Medicaid coverage should receive a School Clothing Allowance application by U.S. Mail in late June. 

Others may be eligible for School Clothing Allowance benefits based on the income limits by household size as listed below. Verification of income for July must be submitted with the application.

        Number of Persons in Household                Income Limit
                                1                    $1,396
                                2                    $1,888
                                3                    $2,379
                                4                    $2,871
                                5                    $3,363
                                6                    $3,855
                                7                    $4,347
                                8                    $4,839
                                9                    $5,331
                               10                    $5,823
Income Limits for the School Clothing Allowance Program for 2022

To apply, visit the WV PATH website or request a paper application be mailed by contacting their local DHHR office or by calling 1-877-716-1212. 

School Clothing Allowance recipients will receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The EBT card will operate like a debit card and can be used at any retailer who accepts EBT cash transactions, including online retailers. Parents or guardians of children in foster care will receive the School Clothing Allowance benefit as a check.