State law requires fees for participation, but provides for waivers or a cap on the amount of money to be collected.
Montana Code Annotated 20-9-214. Fees.
(1) The trustees of a district may:
- (a) require pupils in the commercial, industrial arts, music, domestic science, scientific, or agricultural courses to pay reasonable fees to cover the actual cost of breakage and of excessive supplies used; and
- (b) charge pupils a reasonable fee for a course or activity not reasonably related to a recognized academic and educational goal of the district or a course or activity held outside normal school functions. The trustees may waive the fee in cases of financial hardship.