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Prekindergarten Tuition

A district is required, if it has 15 or more eligible children, to offer a free half day of prekindergarten to those eligible children. (For more information on eligibility for free prekindergarten, please see section 7 of the most recent Student Attendance Accounting Handbook.)  


Allowable Prekindergarten Tuition Rates

Per the Texas Education Code (TEC), §29.1531, 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 as permitted by the TEC, §29.1531: 

  • 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 the proposed tuition rate to the commissioner for approval annually.
    Sample Proposed Tuition Rate Letter (PDF 17 KB)

For additional information, contact:

Office of School Finance
(512) 463-9238  

Page last modified on 10/18/2013 01:13:08 PM.