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This section includes answers to frequently asked questions related to determining resident district, determining the district fiscally responsible for tuition payment, and calculating tuition. Regular education tuition, other than open enrollment, is based on the district cost per pupil. The district cost per pupil is also called the Maximum Tuition Rate. Those rates are listed here for districts and AEAs.

Allowable Fees

Current year maximum tuition rates and the previous two years are available on the document below.  Each year appears on a different tab in this document.

Maximum Tuition Rates - multiple years

Note:  The district cost per pupil for the newly reorganized North Union Community School District (effective July 1, 2014, FY15) would have been $6191 in FY14 if they had been reorganized in that fiscal year.  This information is only for use in interstate agreements and is not used for open enrollment or other tuition out purposes.

Open Enrollment Tuition

The amount of open enrollment tuition for the 2015-2016 school year for a regular education student is $6,366, which is the state cost per pupil from the previous fiscal year.  For a student served pursuant to an IEP, open enrollment tuition is calculated as the actual costs of the special education instructional program rather than the prior year's state cost per pupil amount.  Open enrollment tuition is billed and paid on a quarterly basis.  Under special circumstances that terminate or suspend open enrollment status, it is necessary to prorate tuition in a quarter on a per diem basis.

Link to Open Enrollment


Tuition Chart

Tuition information is included in chapter 4 of the Uniform Administrative Procedures manual.  This chart covers the most common tuition situations.

Tuition chart



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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 12, 2016 at 6:06pm.