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802.20 Tuition Fees

Except as provided elsewhere in this policy, the district shall not charge tuition to any resident, between the age of five and twenty-one years, and/or to any resident veteran as defined in section Iowa Code Section 35.1, for as many months after becoming twenty-one years of age as that veteran spent in the armed forces of the United States before they became twenty-on. e.   Nonresident children shall be charged tuition in keeping with Iowa Code 282.24.

The district may charge fees to cover instructional costs for summer school, driver’s education, and/or community education.  The district may also charge fines, fees, and charges as outlined elsewhere in board policy.

In cases of financial hardship, the board may exempt a student from payment of the above fee(s). Every person, however, who shall attend any school after graduation from a four-year course in an approved high school or its equivalent shall be charged a sufficient tuition fee to cover the cost of the instruction received by the person. This section shall not apply to tuition authorized by Iowa Code Chapter 260C.

For purposes of this section, “resident” means a person who is physically present in a district, whose residence has not been established in another district by operation of law, and who meets any of the following conditions:

  1. Is in the District for the purpose of making a home and not solely for school purposes.
  2. Meets the definitional requirements of the term homeless individual under 42 U.S.C. Section 11302 (a) and (c).
  3. Lives in a residential correctional facility in the district.

Students who do not meet the definition of “resident” as defined by Iowa law are considered “non-residents.”

Legal Reference:
Iowa Code Chapters 282.1A, 282.4, 282.24, 260C

Cross Reference:
501.31 Approval of Open Enrollment Transfers In
501.32 Open Enrollment Transfers
503.03 Fines, Fees, and Charges

Reviewed:
August 18, 2003
April 18, 2011
February 20, 2017
November 18, 2021

Revised:
June 19, 2000
April 18, 2011
February 20, 2017
December 21, 2021