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Finance--Student Fees


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State Status/Date Level Summary
AZSigned into law 04/2014P-12School Fees
S.B. 1350
Section 2: Requires all school district and charter school governing boards that authorize fee assessments for students to ensure all fees include a provision allowing fees to be waived in the event of an economic hardship to the student. Mandates that nonpaym...

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AZSigned into law 05/2013P-12Convenience Fees; Replaces GED References
H.B. 2071
Allows the department of education to impose a convenience fee on a per transaction basis for credit card, debit card or other means of electronic payment transactions when collecting other authorized fees; specifies that the department must continue to accept...

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UTSigned into law 04/2013P-12Expanding Access for Sixth Graders to Secondary Education
H.B. 345
From bill summary: Defines secondary school as school serving any grades 7-12. Provides that a secondary school may impose a fee to secondary students, including students in grade 6 attending a secondary school. Provides that certain remediation programs apply...

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CASigned into law 09/2012P-12Prohibition of Pupil Fees
A.B. 1575
Primarily from bill summary: Defines "pupil fee." Defines "educational activity" as an activity that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities. Prohi...

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SDSigned into law 03/2012P-12Programming Instruction Fees
H.B. 1195
Forbids school districts to collect a fee for providing programming as a high school extracurricular activity.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1195ENR.pdf...

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SDSigned into law 03/2012P-12Fee for Early Childhood Services
H.B. 1195
Permits schools to charge a fee for early childhood services for any child who is under the age of compulsory attendance pursuant to 13-27-1 and is not enrolled in kindergarten or a more advanced grade. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1195ENR....

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ILSigned into law 01/2012P-12Family Costs at Illinois School for the Deaf and Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
S.B. 274
Removes language requiring the department of human services to complete a financial analysis on each student attending the Illinois School for the Deaf or the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and to ask parents or guardians to participate, if applicab...

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CAVetoed 10/2011P-12Prohibition for Pupil Fees for Participation in an Educational Activity
A.B. 165
From bill summary: Prohibits a public school pupil from being required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity, as specified. Provides that this prohibition is not to be interpreted to prohibit
solicitation of voluntary donations, volun...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Student Transportation Fee
S.B. 1 - Student Transportation Fee
Authorizes a board of trustees, under certain circumstances, to require payment of a reasonable fee for student transportation to and from school. Page 138 of 263: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/821/billtext/pdf/SB00001F.pdf#navpanes=0...

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OHSigned into law 06/2011P-12Student Fees for CTE Courses
H.B. 153 - Student Fees for CTE Courses
Permits districts to charge fees (including to low-income students) for any tools, equipment, and materials that are necessary for workforce-readiness training within a career-technical education program that, to the extent the tools, equipment, and materials ...

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NCVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 06/2011P-12Tuition Charge for Governor's School
H.B. 200 - Tuition Charge for Governor's School
Removes requirement that the state board implement a $500 tuition charge for students attending the Governor's School of North Carolina. Replaces with provision permitting the state board to implement a tuition charge (dollar amount not specified) to cover the...

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OHSigned into law 03/2011P-12All-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 30 - All-Day Kindergarten
Repeals provision requiring districts to provide all-day kindergarten to all students beginning in fiscal year 2011. Permits a district that did not receive for fiscal year 2009 poverty-based assistance for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition or fees for st...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12Private and Homeschool Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities
S.B. 66
Provides that a minor enrolled in a private school or a home school is eligible to participate in extracurricular activities at a public school whose district boundaries the student's parent resides within or from which the student withdrew. Provides a private...

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UTAdopted 11/2009P-12Activity Participation Fees for Charter School and Online Students
R277-494
Requires charter and online schools to allow students to participate in extracurricular activities sponsored by public schools. Repeals tiered participation fee schedule for charter school and online students to participate in extracurricular or co-curricular ...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Alternative Process for Determining Eligibility for Student Fee Waivers
H.B. 475
Allows school districts to verify a family's eligibility for waivers of school fees separate from the verification process used for free meals received under the federal National School Lunch program. Allows a district establishing an alternative process for d...

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UTAdopted 12/2008P-12Student Participation in Extracurricular or Co-curricular School Activities
R277-438
Provides consistent statewide procedures and criteria for homeschool, online school and private school students' participation in public school activities, including dual enrollment. Provides that student participation fees for charter school and online school...

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UTAdopted 10/2008P-12Charter, Online Student Participation in Extracurricular Activities
R277-494
Adds rule requiring local school boards to allow charter school and online student participation in extracurricular school activities. Establishes fee schedule for student's school of enrollment to pay to participate in specific extracurricular activities. htt...

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VASigned into law 03/2008P-12Textbook Purchases
H.B. 137, S.B. 356
Permits local school boards to enter into contracts with publishers for the purchase of textbooks. The bill expands the definition of textbook to include print, electronic, online, and other manipulative-based programs. The bill reorganizes the textbook purcha...

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OHSigned into law 11/2007P-12All-Day Kindergarten
H.B. 190 -- Multiple Components
Permits school districts that are not eligible for state payments for all-day kindergarten to charge tuition on a sliding scale for all-day kindergarten classes. Requires the Department of Education to issue an annual report on tuition charged by school distri...

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MSSigned into law 03/2007P-12Financial Hardship Waivers
H.B. 833
Specifies eligibility for students to receieve financial hardship waivers for supplemental instructional materials and supplies, excluding textbooks. Would waive requirement that qualified students be responsible for certain state-authorized fees that district...

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KSSigned into law 05/2006P-12Full-Day Kindergarten Funding
S.B. 549 - Section 6, 14
Authorizes a district offering both half-day and full-day kindergarten to impose a fee for enrollment in full-day kindergarten, to cover that portion of the cost of providing full-day kindergarten not paid by the state. Clarifies that this does not require di...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12Transportation Fees
H.B. 1191
Authorizes school districts to impose a fee for transportation by resolution of the board, rather than by a vote of the people. Adds that districts are authorized to impose the fee for transporting students who are eligible for a free or reduced lunch. Require...

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VASigned into law 03/2005Postsec.
Community College
Annual Reporting of the Use of Student Fees
H.B. 1816
Adds new section: 23-2.3. Annual reporting of the use of student fees. Requires each public two- and four-year institution of higher education to publish annually a descriptive report detailing the (i) amount and distribution of student activity fees assesse...

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UTSigned into law 03/2005P-12Verification of Eligibility for Fee Waivers
H.B. 183
Requires the state board to make rules requiring a parent or guardian of a student applying for a fee waiver to provide documentation and certification verifying the student's eligibility for a fee waiver or specifying the acceptable forms of documentation to ...

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IAEmergency Rule Adoption 09/2004Postsec.College Application Fees
681 IAB 1.2, 1.7, 2.27
Removes references to specific amounts for application fees in Chapters 1 and 2; creates a new rule with all application fees listed.
1.2 and 1.7: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/Current/iac/681/6811/6811.pdf
2.27: http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Rules/Curren...

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WVSigned into law 04/2004Postsec.Student Fees
S.B. 448
Gives each governing board the authority to impose, collect and expend the proceeds of a special equity fee under the following conditions: (a) The fee shall be used solely for the purpose of complying with the athletic provisions of 20 U. S. C. 1681, et seq.,...

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ORSigned into law 08/2003P-12Collection of Amounts Owed by Students
H.B. 3044
Allows a school district to seek payment of an amount of money owed by a student from parent or guardian of student; directs school district boards to adopt policies on collection of amounts that are $50 or more; directs such districts to withhold grade report...

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HIVetoed 07/2003P-12Textbooks and Fees
H.B. 32
Authorizes schools to assess and collect annual fees for textbooks; requires schools to compile annual list of textbooks to be used during that school year and to be made available upon request of student, parent or guardian of student. http://www.capitol.hawa...

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NESigned into law 05/2003P-12Student Fees, Choice & Participation
L.B. 249
The Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act does not limit the ability of a governing body to request
donations of money, materials, equipment, or attire to defray costs if the request is made in such a way that it is clear that the requ...

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SCSigned into law 04/2003P-12Student Fees
H.B. 3274
Revises the manner in which matriculation and incidental fees may be charged by school districts including provisions to exempts students eligible for free lunches from these fees. http://www.scstatehouse.net/sess115_2003-2004/prever/3274_20030325.htm...

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NDSigned into law 03/2003P-12Student Fees
S.B. 2169
A school board may not charge a fee for textbooks or other items necessary for completion of a specific course required for grade advancement or graduation. Does allow student fees for the use of musical instruments. http://www.state.nd.us/lr/assembly/58-200...

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NESigned into law 04/2002P-12Student Fees
L.B. 1172
LB 1172 is the Public Elementary and Secondary Student Fee Authorization Act. The act provides that a school or an educational
service unit (ESU) may collect fees or require students to provide equipment or attire for the following purposes: extracurricular
ac...

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COSigned into law 02/2001P-12Non-Enrolled Participation
H.B. 1129
Increases the fee a school of participation may charge a non-enrolled student for participation in an extracurricular activity; allows the school of participation in certain circumstances to charge a non-enrolled student the actual cost of post-season particip...

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OKSigned into law 04/2000Postsec.Student Fees
S.B. 1305
Raises cap on library automation and materials fee in regard to higher education....

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12Fees for Repeated Classes
S.B. 146
Establishes the presumption that public school students will pay the fees associated with courses they are repeating or remediation; provides alternatives to waiving the fees in cases of financial hardship; provides for a partial or full waiver in cases of ext...

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