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Official Rules

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Box Tops for Education™ Program (the “Program”). The following Official Rules (the "Rules" or the "Terms") are a legal agreement between you ("you," "your") and General Mills, Inc. ("General Mills," “Box Tops for Education,” "we", "our" or "us").

Effective June 18, 2019, these Official Rules govern the Program and it’s website, mobile website and app.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING TERMS CAREFULLY. BY CLICKING “I ACCEPT,” OR REGISTERING FOR AN ACCOUNT, DOWNLOADING THE BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION MOBILE APPLICATION (the “App”), ACCESSING, BROWSING, OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM, WEBSITE, MOBILE WEBSITE AND/OR THE APP, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ, UNDERSTOOD, AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS, INCLUDING THE BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION PRIVACY POLICY AND TERMS OF USE, AS WELL AS ANY APPLICABLE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT AND ANY ADDITIONAL TERMS OR FUTURE MODIFICATIONS.

We reserve the right to change these Terms at any time without notice. Please check back often to ensure you are aware of any updates or changes to these terms. Your use of the App, Program website and mobile website, and/or participation in the Program indicates acceptance of all terms.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION OVERVIEW

Easy Ways to Earn Cash for Your School

Cash can be earned for your eligible and enrolled school through the Box Tops for Education program in a variety of ways:

Your Receipt and The Box Tops for Education App or Mobile Website

The Box Tops for Education App and Mobile Website allows users to earn cash for their designated eligible, enrolled school by using the features of the App and Mobile Website respectively.  Starting on June 1, 2019, cash can be earned by using the App or Mobile Website to scan your receipt for the purchase of Box Tops participating products. Cash can also be earned by participating in periodic bonus cash opportunities found on the App and Mobile Website. Validated earnings are directly deposited into your eligible, enrolled school’s account.

How to Earn Cash via a Receipt and the App or Mobile Website

  • Download the App and/or Access the Mobile Website. Download and access the App via your mobile device. In lieu of the App, you can choose to access the Box Tops for Education Mobile Website (the “Mobile Website”) via your smartphone or tablet. Your wireless service carrier's standard charges, data rates and other fees may apply. In addition, downloading, installing, or using certain mobile services may be prohibited or restricted by your carrier, and not all mobile services may work with all carriers or devices. By using the App, you agree that we may communicate with you regarding the App, in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You agree to only use the App on supported mobile devices that you own or control.

  • Register for an Account. To earn for your school and access the features of the App or the Mobile Website you must register for an account. Membership is free. If you are currently a registered member of the Box Tops for Education website (www.BoxTopsForEducation.com) (the “Website”), you must use that established log-in information. If you are not currently registered at the Website, you can register via the App or Mobile Website. You can also use the username and password created on the App to log-in on the Website.

  • Shop. Beginning June 1, 2019, purchase products participating in the Box Tops for Education program. Keep your receipt!

  • Redeem your Receipt. Redeem the Box Tops for Education earnings from your purchase by scanning your full receipt with the App or Mobile Website within 14 days of your date of purchase as indicated on the receipt. You may scan a maximum of 50 receipts per day per registered account.

Receipts dated prior to June 1, 2019 will not be accepted.

Receipts from online purchases must be redeemed using the following method:

  1. Take a screen shot (or multiple) of your entire receipt from your online purchase, including retailer name, all items, transaction total, and date of purchase
  2. Open the Box Tops Contact Us form
  3. In the Comments field, please include:
    • Your email address
    • Your name
    • Your school’s name
    • The amount of Box Tops earned with the purchases from that receipt
  4. At the bottom of the form, use the “Upload Image Files” feature to add the screen shot(s) of your receipt. 

We will process your receipt from your online purchase and award the cash earned within 2 weeks.

  • Earn Cash. We will validate the participating products you purchased and give the cash you earned to your eligible enrolled school.  Each participating product you purchased will earn 10 cents (or more when indicated) for your eligible enrolled school.

Products carrying the traditional clip program Box Tops are not guaranteed eligibility to earn cash via the App or Mobile Website.

Earning via Bonus Offers Redeemable on the App or Mobile Website

Bonus Offers to earn cash for your eligible, enrolled school are presented from time to time.  Bonus Offers are credited directly to your eligible, enrolled school’s account when you participate in the offer as a registered member of Box Tops for Education on the Box Tops for Education App or Mobile Website and follow the specific participation and redemption instructions for the specific offer.

Most Bonus Box Tops credits are earned or awarded through your participation in various promotional offers, opportunities or programs through the Box Tops for Education App.  Occasionally, they are earned or awarded through online sweepstakes, website or email registration, or making applicable purchases in participating retailer shopping card loyalty programs. Sometimes a printed code will be provided for your purchase or participation in promotional offers such as these. In such cases, the code must be redeemed via the App or Website to be credited to your school. These Bonus Offers may sometimes be referred to as eBoxTops. You must be an enrolled Box Tops for Education member participating via the Box Tops for Education App or Mobile Website and supporting a designated eligible, enrolled school to be able to earn Bonus Box Tops this way.

To qualify for a Bonus Offer the required items must be purchased during the offer period and the receipt must be scanned within 14 days of the date of purchase. You may purchase and redeem multiple Bonus Offers on an individual receipt.

Bonus offers may be subject to additional terms and may be discontinued by General Mills at any time. At any time and in our sole discretion, General Mills may: (i) determine whether or not you are eligible to redeem an Offer;  or (ii) determine whether or not you have successfully fulfilled an offer.

Information regarding the Box Tops for Education App can be found at http://www.boxtops4education.com.

The Traditional Clip Program

You can continue to earn cash for your school by clipping the Official Box Tops for Education "Box Tops" from the packages of purchased participating products on which you find them.

Traditional Box Tops from a clip program participating product will continue to be honored and paid out to your school if:

  1. The Box Tops clip has not reached its expiration date and continues to be collected by your eligible, enrolled school;
  2. Your eligible, enrolled school has a designated coordinator registered as such at www.boxtops4education.com; and
  3. The designated coordinator compliantly submits them as outlined in the Coordinator section of www.boxtops4education.com.

Traditional Clip, Collect, Send and Earn

Clip physical Box Tops from purchased Clip Program participating products bearing an unexpired Box Tops coupon. Send your collected Box Tops to an enrolled eligible school of your choice. Your school coordinator will submit collected Box Tops using a completed online submission form with its unique barcode to General Mills for processing and verification. Each valid Box Tops is worth 10 cents to each enrolled and active school if the Box Tops is properly submitted in accordance with these Official Rules. Qualifying Clip Program products are subject to change. The expiration date and alphanumeric code must be visible when clipped.

Traditional Clip Program School Coordinator, Redemptions and Program Deadlines

Each participating school must designate a school coordinator in order to participate in the Traditional Clip program. School coordinators will be able to add or remove themselves, or to add others, as coordinators for their schools. However, General Mills reserves the right at its discretion to remove a school coordinator from the program at any time if it determines that the school coordinator is a detriment to the Box Tops for Education program.

To redeem qualifying Clipped Box Tops or Bonus Box Tops certificates not redeemable via the App or Mobile Website for cash for a designated school, a school coordinator must complete an official Box Tops Submission Form online for each separate shipment, print out the form and include it with the shipment of qualifying Box Tops. For clarity, a print out of each separate completed online submission form with its unique barcode must be included in each submission package. Box Tops should be submitted in bundles of 50 Box Tops and Bonus Box Tops certificates must be kept in separate bundles. 

Submissions must be postmarked by November 1st for earnings to be included on December checks and by March 1st to be included on April checks. An exception to these stated postmark deadlines will occur any time November 1 or March 1 falls on a weekend. In such an event, the submission postmark deadline will be the Monday following that weekend. All submissions are subject to verification.

Expired Traditional Clip Box Tops

Box Tops and Bonus Box Tops certificates not redeemable via the App or Mobile Website submitted with a postmark after their printed expiration date are considered void and will not be honored.

Shipping Charges

All postage and shipping charges are the responsibility of the sender. General Mills reserves the right to return boxes or envelopes mailed without sufficient postage. To assist in providing proof of shipment, a trackable method of delivery is suggested. General Mills is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected mail.

School Eligibility

The Box Tops for Education program is open to the following schools, provided that these schools (i) are organized and operated primarily for educational purposes, (ii) provide classes to a regularly enrolled body of students in one or more grades from kindergarten through eighth grade, and (iii) maintain a regular faculty and curriculum that emphasizes foundation skills such as reading, writing and mathematics:

  • Public schools in the United States;
  • Private or parochial schools in the United States that qualify as 501(c)(3) educational organizations under the Internal Revenue Code;
  • Schools operated by, or on behalf of, the U.S. military worldwide; and
  • Accredited private or parochial schools in Puerto Rico.

The Box Tops for Education program is also open to Internal Revenue Service recognized 501(c)(3) home school associations in the United States, organized and operated primarily for educational purposes and containing a class of 15 or more students in one or more grades from kindergarten through eighth grade.

School eligibility will be determined by General Mills in its sole discretion. General Mills reserves the right to conduct its own research and/or request documentation (including without limitation proof of 501(c)(3) status and tax identification numbers) to verify eligibility for participation in the Box Tops for Education program. General Mills may deny participation in the program for failure to meet any of the verification or eligibility requirements.

Note that by participating in the Box Tops for Education Program, schools grant publicity rights to General Mills to use the school’s earnings information and identifying information, including name and city, in promotional and marketing materials in all forms of media, in perpetuity.

Your Eligibility

You must be of majority in the state in which you live and at least eighteen (18) years old and a legal resident of the United States of America to participate in the Program, including use of the App and Mobile Website.  By agreeing to the Terms, you represent and warrant to us: (i) that you have not previously been suspended, removed or deactivated from the App, boxtop4education.com, the Mobile Website,  or from the Box Tops for Education program and (ii) that your registration and your use of the App, boxtops4education.com, the Mobile Website, or the Box Tops for Education program  is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are participating in the Program on behalf of an entity, organization, or company (collectively "Subscribing Organization"), you are an authorized representative of that Subscribing Organization with the authority to bind such organization to these Terms; and agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such Subscribing Organization.  In such a case, “you” in these Terms refers to your Subscribing Organization, and any individual authorized to use the Service on behalf of the Subscribing Organization, including you.

Maximum Annual Earning Amount

Each eligible, enrolled school participating in the Box Tops for Education program may earn up to, but not more than, $20,000 cash per year (beginning on March 2 of every year and running through March 1 of the following year) from the Box Tops for Education App, Mobile Website and Traditional Clip combined.

Each registered user of the Box Tops for Education App and Mobile Website may earn up to, but not more than, a total of $10,000 cash per year (beginning on March 2 of every year) from the purchase of Participating Products in the Box Tops for Education Program.

Individual promotions may have independent consumer earning limits based on transactions or activities.

Sweepstakes awards or other earning not based on the purchase of  participating products are not included in school or user maximums above.

Program Restrictions and Unacceptable Submissions

Traditional Clipped Box Tops and Bonus Box Tops certificates may be validly submitted only if they were clipped from product packaging by the final purchaser of the product contained in that packaging. Similarly, Bonus Box Tops codes and receipts for the Box Tops App or Mobile Website may be validly used only by the final purchaser of the product. By way of example, if Box Tops or Bonus Box Tops are clipped from packaging material that is not part of the final sale of all components of the underlying product to the end purchaser of the product, submission of these Box Tops or Bonus Box Tops is not permitted. In addition, the reproduction, modification, purchase, sale, or trade of Box Tops, Bonus Box Tops , or receipts for the purchase of Box Tops participating products is not permitted, renders these items invalid, and renders any attempt to submit these items invalid. Moreover, any Box Tops,  Bonus Box Tops, or receipts for the purchase of Box Tops participating products that have been defaced, mutilated, forged, rendered unreadable, or altered in any way, or that are missing expiration dates or alphanumeric codes are invalid and may not be submitted. UPC symbols are not a substitute for valid Box Tops and may not be submitted. Similarly, non-currency new digital Box Tops icons indicating a product’s participation in the App and Mobile Website program are not valid Box Tops and may not be submitted.  General Mills reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject and to decline payment for (and/or permit other companies whose products participate in the Box Tops for Education Program to reject and to decline payment for) Box Tops, any form of Bonus Box Tops, or receipts for the purchase of Box Tops participating products in the event that General Mills determines, in its sole discretion, that they are invalid, expired, fraudulent, or otherwise prohibited by these Official Rules, that they are acquired, transferred, clipped, or submitted impermissibly, invalidly, fraudulently, or otherwise in a manner not permitted by these Official Rules, or that any aspect of the submission is prohibited. All submissions become the property of General Mills. When a school or school coordinator submits Box Tops or Bonus Box Tops certificates, failure to complete and include the online submission form, with its bar code unique to that school and that submission, for each submission package will invalidate that particular submission. Schools and/or coordinators are subject to expulsion from the Box Tops for Education program in the event that such school and/or any associated coordinator promotes the sale or purchase of Box Tops, Bonus Box Tops, or receipts for the purchase of Box Tops participating products, knowingly submits fraudulent Box Tops or receipts for the purchase of Box Tops participating products, or otherwise knowingly promotes activity that violates the rules in this paragraph.

Program Changes

General Mills, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to cancel without obligation, or alter the terms of, the Box Tops for Education program at any time.

Payments to Eligible, Enrolled Schools

To receive payment from Program participation, schools must be enrolled and determined to be active in the Box Tops for Education program. If your designated school is determined to be inactive or ineligible in the Program, any Box Tops, Bonus Box Tops, or  earnings from the Box Tops for Education App or Mobile Website submitted or earned on behalf of that school will be deemed invalid. Prior to distribution to schools, all earnings shall remain the sole property of General Mills. You have no property rights or other legal interest in the earnings for any purpose. Checks will be made payable to the designated, active school; however they can be made payable to a school parent teacher organization (along with the school name)  if specifically requested by the school upon enrollment. Payments made to schools are not tax-deductible by schools, participants or purchasers. Payments will be made twice each school year, by December 31st and by April 30th . Each payment will include amounts earned by schools from the Clip program, the Box Tops for Education App and from any form of Bonus Box Tops. The December payment will reflect the amounts confirmed from March 2nd through the following November 1st, and the April payment will reflect the amounts confirmed from November 2nd through March 1st. Schools that accrue total earnings of less than $20.00 from March 2nd through the following November 1st will not be issued a December payment. Instead, those earnings will carry over and a payment will be issued for the entire school year to those schools in the April payment. Checks will be mailed to the school’s address by the end of the month (December/April). If a school fails to cash any Box Tops for Education program check within 18 months of issuance, then the school shall forfeit its right to receive such payment. Active status in the Box Tops for Education program, and entitlement to any earnings, is conditioned upon the school cashing all earnings checks within 18 months of issuance. General Mills imposes this condition because of the time and cost associated with administering uncashed program payments for extended periods of time. General Mills will not replace checks requested more than 18 months after the original check was issued. Proof of shipment and a valid copy of your online submission form will be required in order to research any discrepancies or payment disputes. 

Earnings Update

General Mills is not liable or responsible in any way for inaccuracies that may be displayed on www.boxtops4education.com, the App, or the Mobile Website relating to earned or pending amounts, whether as a result of human or mechanical error or otherwise.

Your Account

As an enrolled member of the Box tops for Education Program, you can access a record of the Bonus Box Tops credits you have earned for your school through the various programs in the “Your Activity” section under “School Earnings” of the Box Tops for Education website.

General

Our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use are expressly incorporated herein by reference and made a part of these Rules.

These Rules, together with our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and any other agreements expressly incorporated by reference herein, constitute the entire and exclusive understanding and agreement between you and General Mills regarding your use of and access to the Program, it’s applications, features, and services.