Back-to-school Assistance: How to get a $214 payment for school supplies in NY

The economic situation around the world is a worrying one, the rising cost of living across the West is becoming increasingly problematic, however the United States of America is continuing to try and assist their citizens.

With American schools currently on summer vacation, there is the inevitability of reopening at the end of the summer, however this brings a whole raft of fresh costs for families.

Be it new stationary, books or even gym kit, parents are often forced to spend a lot of money on back-to-school supplies each year.

With the aforementioned economic crisis in full flow, these additional expenses are far from welcome, and given how education is not an optional extra in life in America, the government are making moves to assist people.

How much will families get paid?

A payment of $214 will be made eligible to families and they will be administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

The money is coming from a pot of $44.4 million which was part of the federal pandemic funding that states have been given.

The beneficiaries of these payments are large in number, with estimates suggesting that 184,000 children will be helped ahead of the new school year.

Where will the payments be applied?

As of August 12, which is the date that payments will begin to be made by local authorities, New York is leading the way with these one-time payments for back-to-school supplies.

It was announced on Thursday by New York governor, Kathy Hochul, although it remains unclear if any other regions are going to follow suit.

A study conducted by suggested that a majority of parents are expecting to pay around $700 in new school supplies for the year that is about to begin.

This policy will likely be readdressed ahead of the start of the 2023 school year, although economic forecasts for that period are still somewhat unclear.