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Charter Schools - Funding

Charter School Funding

Like independent school districts, open-enrollment charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of students. This process is administered through the Foundation School Program (FSP).

Unlike independent school districts, however, open-enrollment charter schools do not receive funds from local tax revenue and do not have access to state facilities allotments.


Open-enrollment charter schools may accept charitable donations from private sources and other public sources.Any donations must be strictly voluntary and not a requirement for admission or continued enrollment.

Tuition and Fees

Open-enrollment charter schools may not charge tuition and may only charge fees that independent school districts are authorized to charge.

Start-Up Grant

One possible source of funding for charter schools is the Public Charter School Start-Up Grant. This competitive grant opportunity is available for charter schools that meet the federal definition of a charter school and have never received Public Charter Schools Program start-up funds.

Previous Requests for Application (RFA) for the Public School Start-Up Grant are available on the TEA Grant Opportunities website for viewing. In the "Search Options" box, select the name of the RFA from the Application Name drop-down list and click “Search.” Scroll down to the "Application and Support Information" section to view all documents that pertain to each RFA. 

Planning Grant

Texas does not offer a pre-planning grant (i.e., prior to being awarded a charter).

If you have any questions about the information on this page, contact the Division of Charter School Administration at (512) 463-9575.


Division of Charter School Administration
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575


Page last modified on 1/2/2014 03:08:37 PM.