Low-income Students

Over the last 10 years, the number of students in Connecticut who are considered low-income has increased by seven percentage points. Research shows that low-income children need more support to achieve at the same level as their more affluent peers. In Connecticut, low-income students are defined as students who are eligible for the United States Department of Agriculture’s free and reduced price lunch program. In school year 2017-18, a family of four’s children were eligible for free and reduced price lunch if their family's annual income was $45,510 or less. Today, 196,247 Connecticut students are considered low-income.

The increase in low-income students has not been equal across school districts. Many larger school districts have seen the largest increases in the percentage of their students who are low-income. Districts with the largest increases include: Danbury, Norwalk, Stratford, and Torrington.

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