Utah - Sports participation fees--allowed: Program requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State law requires fees for participation, but provides for waivers or a cap on the amount of money to be collected.

Utah Code 53G-7-504. Waiver of Fees.

(a) A local school board shall require, as part of an authorization granted under Section 53G-7-503, that adequate waivers or other provisions are available to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate because of an inability to pay the required fee, deposit, or charge.


Utah Code 53G-7-504. Waiver of Fees.

(2) (a) The board shall require each school in the district that charges a fee under this part and Part 6, Textbook Fees, to provide a variety of alternatives for satisfying the fee requirement to those who qualify for fee waivers, in addition to the outright waiver of the fee.
(b) The board shall develop and provide a list of alternatives for the schools, including such options as allowing the student to provide:

  • (i) tutorial assistance to other students;
  • (ii) assistance before or after school to teachers and other school personnel on school related matters; and
  • (iii) general community or home service.

(c) Each school may add to the list of alternatives provided by the board, subject to approval by the board.


Utah Administrative Code 277-407-4 School Activities Outside of the Regular School Day

(1) A school may charge a fee, subject to the provisions of Section R277-407-6, in connection with any school-sponsored activity, which does not take place during the regular school day, regardless of the age or grade level of the student, if participation in the activity is voluntary and does not affect a student's grade or ability to participate fully in any course taught during the regular school day.

(2) A fee related to an extracurricular activity may not exceed limits established by the LEA governing board.

(3) A school shall collect fees for school-sponsored activities consistent with LEA policies and state law.


Utah Administrative Code 277-407-5 General Provisions

(1) An LEA may not charge or assess a fee in connection with any class or school-sponsored or supported activity, including an extracurricular activity, unless the fee has been set and approved by the LEA's governing board and distributed in an approved fee schedule or notice in accordance with this rule.

(2)(a) An LEA governing board shall adopted a fee schedule and fee policies for the LEA at least once each year in a regularly scheduled public meeting.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules


Utah Administrative Code 277-407-6 Waivers

(1) An LEA shall provide, as part of any fee policy or schedule, for adequate waivers or other provisions in lieu of fee waivers to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in a class or school-sponsored or supported activity because of an inability to pay a fee.
Utah Office of Administrative Rules


Utah Administrative Code 277-407-7 Fee Waiver Eligiblity

(1) A student is eligible for fee waiver if an LEA receives verification that:

  • (a) based on family income, the student qualifies for free school lunch under United States Department of Agriculturechild nutrition program regulations;
  • (b) the student to whom the fee applies receives SSI;
  • (c) the family receives TANF funding;
  • (d) the student is in foster care through the Division of Child and Family Services; or
  • (e) the student is in state custody.
    Utah Office of Administrative Rules
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