3.10 - Fees, Fines & Charges; Waiver of Student Fees

  • Fines, Fees, and Charges; Waiver of Student Fees 1

    The school establishes fees and charges to fund certain school activities. Some students may be unable to pay these fees. Students will not be denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of their parent or guardian to pay fees or certain charges. Students whose parent or guardian is unable to afford student fees may receive a fee waiver. A fee waiver does not exempt a student from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and/or equipment.

    Applications for fee waivers may be submitted by a parent or guardian of a student who has been assessed a fee. A student is eligible for a fee waiver if the student currently lives in a household that meets the income guidelines, with the same limits based on the household size, that are used for the federal free meals program.

    The Superintendent or designee will give additional consideration where one or more of the following factors are present: 2

    • An illness in the family;
    • Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
    • Seasonal employment;
    • Emergency situations; or
    • When one or more of the parents/guardians are involved in a work stoppage.


    Within 30 days, the Superintendent or designee will notify the parent/guardian if the fee waiver request has been denied, along with the appropriate appeal process. If you have questions regarding the fee waiver process, you may contact the Superintendent or designee at (847) 381-6300.

    Cross-references:
    PRESS 4:110, Transportation
    PRESS 4:140, Waiver of Student Fees
    PRESS 4:140-AP, Fines, Fees, and Charges – Waiver of Student Fees
    PRESS 4:140-E1, Application for Fee Waivers
    PRESS 4:140-E2, Response to Application for Fee Waiver, Appeal, and Response to Appeal

    1Illinois law now gives school districts two options with respect to school fee waiver applications. Option #1 allows a district to use students’ application for free meals. Previously, this was the only option available to school districts and requires schools to follow guidelines of the free meals program to determine students’ eligibility for a fee waiver. Option #2 now establishes a new application process to determine students’ eligibility for a fee waiver. This second option is still based on the same income guidelines established by the federal meals program, but allows a district more flexibility in verifying the information in students’ fee waiver applications. This model policy follows new option #2. This procedure is consistent with the Illinois Association of School Board’s PRESS Service

    2This optional language follows the Illinois Association of School Board’s PRESS Service policy.

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