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  1. There is no such thing as a “registration fee,” so avoid using that term. The chart of allowable fees in included in Book 25 Decision 62.
  2. Fee waivers, full and partial, are governed by 281--Iowa Administrative Code 18. A full waiver of all fees shall be granted if the student or the student’s family meets the financial eligibility criteria for free meals, for the Family Investment Program (FIP), for transportation assistance under open enrollment, or if the student is in foster care.  A partial waiver is appropriate if the student or student’s family meets the financial eligibility criteria for reduced-price meals, and is based on “a sliding scale related to an ability to pay.”  One simple way to justify the amount of a partial waiver is to make sure that it corresponds to the percentage of the reduced-price meal from full-price meal.  Finally, each school district has discretion to grant a temporary waiver of one or more fees in the event of a temporary financial difficulty in the student’s immediate family.  This temporary waiver may be granted at any time during a school year; the maximum length of a temporary waiver shall be one year.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 8:04pm.