Virginia - Sports participation fees--allowed: Program requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

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

Virginia Administrative Code 8 VAC 20-720-80. Student Fee and Charges.

A. No fees or charges may be levied on any pupil by any school board unless authorized by regulation of the Board of Education or by the General Assembly.

B. Each local school board shall develop a policy in accordance with the requirements of the Standards of Quality, §22.1-253.13:7 of the Code of Virginia, addressing any fees that are charged. The policy shall include the schedule of fees charged by the school division, provisions for reducing or waiving fees, and consequences for nonpayment of fees. The policy and the fee schedule shall be provided to parents annually and posted on the school division's website.

C. The policy shall provide for the reduction or waiver of fees for economically disadvantaged students and students whose families are undergoing economic hardships and are financially unable to pay them. This shall include, but not be limited to, families receiving unemployment benefits or public assistance, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid; foster families caring for children in foster care; or families that are homeless.

D. School divisions shall provide notice that a fee waiver may be requested, including directions as to how to apply for the waiver, each time a fee is charged.

E. School divisions shall not charge any fees that have not been approved by the local school board.

F. The fee policy and the fee schedule shall be consistent throughout the school division, although there may be different fee schedules assessed at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.


Virginia Administrative Code 8 VAC 20-720-80. Student Fee and Charges.

H. Local school boards may charge fees for the following:

    1. Optional services, such as parking or locker rental;
    1. Student-selected extracurricular activities;
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