2022 Clean School Bus Rebates Program - What You Need To Know

Upgrading your fleet may be less expensive than you thought.

Over the next five years, the EPA’s Clean School Bus Program will provide $5 billion in funding. The goal is to replace dated, inefficient buses with newer and cleaner models.

The first funding opportunity is the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates program, which will offer an initial $500 million. Applications are now open. All public school districts, including charter schools, are welcome to apply.

The program will offer $250 million for clean school buses as well as an additional $250 million for zero emission school buses, such as the Saf-T-Liner® C2 Jouley® Electric School Bus. Depending on prioritization criteria, the maximum rebate per school bus is $375,000.

You can learn more about the program and download additional supporting materials by visiting the 2022 Clean School Bus Rebates page, but here are a few key points:

Replaceable Buses

Eligible buses must:

  • Be a 2010 or older diesel-powered school bus

  • Have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001 lbs or more

  • Be operational at the time of your application

  • Have provided transportation to a public school district for at least three days per week during the 2021/2022 school year


The program does prioritize districts that meet certain criteria:

  • High-need school districts

  • Low-income areas

  • Rural districts

  • School districts funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • School district receiving support payments under section 7703(b)(1) of title 20 for children residing on Indian land

Districts that meet one or more of these criteria categories may be preferred in the selection process and be offered more funding. To check if your district is prioritized, you can review the complete list.


Applications can be submitted online between now and August 19th, 2022. Following a month of review, you will be notified of your select status in October 2022.

If selected, you will have between October 2022 and April 2023 to submit your purchase orders. This includes both the purchase of the new buses and the eligible charging infrastructure.

Kerlin Bus Sales & Leasing is a proud, full-service dealer of Thomas Built Buses. If you have questions about new or used buses, please contact us today.