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Economically At-Risk Information

Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals under Federal income guidelines may also qualify for savings and supplemental support while enrolled in the Blue Water Middle College (BWMC).

The BWMC does not participate in the U. S. Department of Agriculture school nutrition program, but the same guidelines are used to determine eligibility for other economic or academic supports. Benefits to students that qualify for free and reduced-cost lunch may include:

  • Future college/university application fees waived
  • Cost of SAT retake waived
  • Participation in special support programs or services implemented by the Blue Water Middle College Academy (the BWMC may be able to implement new support programs or services with funding provided by the state or federal governments based on the number of students qualifying for free or reduced cost lunch)

In order for BWMC to receive additional funding, families that meet the income criteria must either be directly certified by the State of Michigan or complete and return an application. Students are directly certified if they qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Aid for Needy Families Program (TANF), or if they are a foster child. If you are unsure of your status and eligibility for benefits related to Free or Reduced Cost Meals, contact the BWMC director, Matt Ruiz, at 810-989-5800.


Michigan Department of Education 

Free and Reduced-Price School Meals application, directions, and resources

2022-23 Free and Reduced-Price School Meals application

Return completed applications to the Blue Water Middle College office or mail to:

Blue Water Middle College
323 Erie St., PO Box 5015
Port Huron, MI 48061-5015

If you have any questions about eligibility for Free or Reduced-cost Lunch and the benefits that might be available to students who qualify, please contact the BWMC director, Matt Ruiz, at 810-989-5800 or at