Fourth round of pandemic benefits begin going out today

They're based on how many COVID-19 absences a student had
Credit: MGN

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human services announced Tuesday that Nebraska has been approved to disperse a fourth round of pandemic electronic benefit transfers beginning today.

The DHHS, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, is overseeing the disbursements.

Benefit amounts will be determined based on the number of COVID-19 related absences a student had per month.

The more absences a student has, the higher the benefit value will be.

Four benefit distributions will be included in the fourth round of P-EBT, depending on when the absences occurred.

  • Benefits for absences between August and October of 2021 will be issued April 20.
  • Benefits for absences between November 2021 and January 2022 will be issued May 19.
  • Benefits for absences between February and March of 2022 will be issued June 16.
  • Benefits for absences between April and May of 2022 will be issued August 16.

Students who missed 1 to 5 days will receive $21 per period. Those who missed 6 to 15 days in a period will receive $71 dollars and students who missed more than 16 days will receive $121.

Families who already have the P-EBT cards will have the funds automatically loaded onto their cards, and those who do not currently have the cards will receive one via mail.

Families with questions about their eligibility should contact their school; questions about the P-EBT program should be directed to

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