CCSA Answers: Paying for College Courses or College Textbooks

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March 18, 2013

Question: Can a charter school pay for college courses or college textbooks, if a student is enrolled in its high school program, and receiving credit for those college classes at its high school? If yes, does the charter school only pay a percentage of the college course and textbook costs, or is it responsible for the entire expense?

Answer: A charter school may pay for a student's tuition and textbooks if the student is attending a community college. This would be considered a legitimate school expense. Supporting students who enroll in local college courses, and providing tuition and texts is frequently a more cost-effective method of offering college level course work than the expense of providing Advanced Placement courses. Specialized classes, like AP classes, are often prohibitively expensive for a small charter high school.

As with any expense, paying for college courses or textbooks needs to be included in an approved budget. However, the charter is not obligated to cover any of the student's textbook or course costs. Traditional schools offer some scholarship programs for their students, who attend local colleges, although most students bear the costs, including transportation, on their own.

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