Student Fees/Fee Waivers

  • (Refer to Board Policy 4:140)

    School fees may be charged for the use of textbooks, consumable materials, extracurricular activities, and other items and activities. Students must also pay for the loss of or damage to schoolbooks or other school-owned materials. 

    Fees for textbooks and other instructional materials are waived for students who meet the eligibility criteria for a fee waiver as described in this policy. In order that no student is denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of parents/guardians to pay student fees, the Superintendent will recommend to the Board which additional fees, if any, the District will waive for students who meet the eligibility criteria for fee waiver. Students receiving a fee waiver are not exempt from charges for lost and damaged books, locks, materials, supplies, and equipment.

    Eligibility Criteria

    A student shall be eligible for a fee waiver when the student currently lives in a household that meets the same income guidelines, with the same limits based on household size, that are used for the federal free meals program.

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

    • Illness in the family;
    • Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
    • Unemployment;
    • Emergency situations;
    • When one or more of the parents/guardians are involved in a work stoppage; or
    • Other circumstance which causes a family hardship.

    Determination and Appeal

    Within 30 calendar days after the receipt of a waiver request, the Superintendent or designee shall mail a notice to the parent/guardian whenever a waiver request is denied. The denial notice shall include: (1) the reason for the denial, (2) the process and timelines for making an appeal, and (3) a statement that the parent/guardian may reapply for a waiver any time during the school year if circumstances change. If the denial is appealed, the District shall follow the procedures for the resolution of appeals as provided in the Illinois State Board of Education rule on waiver of fees.

    Contact the District’s Chief School Business Official Jessica Donato at (847) 498-7900 if you have any questions about waiver of fees or to obtain the fee waiver application form. You can also access the fee waiver form under the title “free and reduced lunch” on the District’s website under For Families.