About the Budget Programs

Meritorious Budget Award

For nearly 20 years, the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) has recognized school districts that demonstrate excellence in school budget presentation, setting a high standard for transparent budget development.
The MBA is designed for all school districts that have previously applied to the MBA and for first-time applicants who would like to complete all four MBA Criteria Checklist sections.

Apply for the Meritorious Budget Award.

Pathway to the MBA

Recognizing the same budget presentation standards as the Meritorious Budget Award, the Pathway to the MBA is an introductory program that allows school districts to ease into full MBA compliance.

The Pathway to the MBA is designed specifically for first- and second-time Pathway applicants who have not previously applied for the MBA. Applicants complete only two of the four MBA Criteria Checklist sections (the Introductory section is mandatory; the second is chosen from the OrganizationalFinancial, or Informational sections).

Apply for the Pathway to the MBA.

MBA vs. Pathway to the MBA

Which award program is a better fit for your district? See a side-by-side comparison of the MBA and Pathway to the MBA.