The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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Prepare your Meritorious Budget Award or Pathway to the MBA application packet:

Completed MBA application or Pathway to the MBA application.
Cover letter specifying any MBA criteria that do not apply to your school district.
Completed MBA Criteria Checklist.* (Four completed sections for MBA; Executive Summary and one other completed section for Pathway. Second-year Pathway applicants must complete a section not completed the first year.)
Reviewer comments from the previous year and your school district's responses.
Budget document or a link to your budget document.

* All applicants must use the updated checklist for budget year 2018-2019. Prior versions of the checklist will not be accepted.

Submit your application packet within 90 days of your budget’s legal approval:

BY EMAIL (preferred)
  • Attach each of the required application documents as separate PDFs.
  • Include payment information. (Email submissions must be paid by credit card.)
  • Email to
  • Flash drive containing separate PDFs of the required documents (preferred if mailing).
    Three hard copies of the complete application packet.
  • Include payment information. (Mailed submissions may be paid by check or credit card.)
  • Mail to:
    ASBO International
    Meritorious Budget Award
    11401 North Shore Drive
    Reston, VA 20190-4232


Any school system in the U.S. and Canada, charter schools, educational service units, and colleges and universities that incorporates the MBA criteria into its budget development process is eligible to apply. New applicants may apply to the award's introductory program, Pathway to the MBA, for the first two years.


Application fees are based on your district’s total revenue.


Total Revenue, All Funds ASBO International Member Non-Member
Less than $50 million $ 660 $ 1,000
$50 million – $200 million $ 1,060 $ 1,375
$200 million – $1 billion $ 1,110 $ 1,425
More than $1 billion $ 1,160 $ 1,475

Pathway to the MBA

Total Revenue, All Funds ASBO International Member Non-Member
Less than $50 million $ 300 $ 550
$50 million – $200 million $ 400 $ 650
$200 million – $1 billion $ 450 $ 700
More than $1 billion $ 500 $ 750

Deadline and Extensions

All MBA application materials are due within 90 days of your budget’s legal approval. 
Need an extension? Submit a request to