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Prekindergarten and Foreign Student Tuition

This page provides tuition information and links for both prekindergarten and foreign students.



See the links below for Texas law relating to prekindergarten and foreign student tuition.


Tuition-Supported and District-Financed Prekindergarten

If a school district has 15 or more eligible children, it must offer a free half day of prekindergarten to those children.

A district may charge tuition to provide:

  • an additional half day of prekindergarten classes to those children who are eligible for free prekindergarten classes; and
  • half-day and full-day prekindergarten classes to children who are ineligible for free prekindergarten classes.

If a district charges tuition:

  • the tuition may not be higher than is necessary to cover the added costs of providing the additional prekindergarten classes, including any costs associated with data collection and reporting requirements; and
  • the district must submit a proposed tuition rate to the commissioner for approval annually. See the Sample Proposed Tuition Rate Letter (PDF 17 KB).

See Section 7 of the most recent Student Attendance Accounting Handbook for more information on free prekindergarten eligibility.


Tuition for Students Holding Certain Student Visas

School districts and open-enrollment charter schools must charge tuition to certain foreign students under the Texas Education Code, Section 25.0031, which was enacted by the 83rd Legislature in 2013. The tuition a district or charter school charges must not exceed the tuition amount established by the commissioner of education. The files below show the commissioner-established tuition amount for each district and charter school.  


For additional information, contact:

Office of School Finance
(512) 463-9238  

Page last modified on 7/28/2014 09:24:04 AM.