2017 School Bus Rebate Program Now Accepting Applications

Over $7 Million Available | Up to $1 Million for Retrofits

Need help paying for that new school bus or upgrade? EPA is offering an opportunity to receive up to $20,000 per vehicle to replace your older school buses, and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Older school buses without emission reduction retrofits emit significant amounts of harmful exhaust, so participating in this program will help improve the health of students and other members of your community.

The 2017 School Bus Rebate Program is now open and applications will be accepted untilNovember 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. ET. Please visit for the Program Guide with all the details as well as FAQs and the application form.

Eligible Entities

  • Regional, state, or tribal agencies including school districts and municipalities, or
  • Private entities that operate school buses under a contract with an entity listed above

Important Dates

September 28, 2017 Application period opens
October 5, 2017
2-3 p.m. ET
Webinar for applicants: Link to Webinar 
Call-In Number:  866-299-3188
Access Code: 20 2343 9571
November 14, 2017,
4 pm ET
Application period closes
January 2018 (estimated) EPA posts selectees and waiting list online. Official selection letters emailed to selectees
April 2018 (estimated) Purchase order submission deadline for replacement buses and retrofits
September 2018 (estimated) Deadline for submitting payment documentation demonstrating installation of retrofits, delivery of replacement buses, and scrappage of old buses. 
Within one month after receipt of payment documentation Selectees will receive their rebate payment

If you have questions, please contact