3.3.6 Prohibition Against Charging Student Fees

Prohibition Against Charging Student Fees

California law prohibits public schools from charging student fees for public education, unless the fee is specifically authorized under the law.  (SFUSD Board Policy 3260)

  • All supplies, materials, and equipment needed to participate in “educational activities” shall be provided to students free of charge.
  • A fee waiver policy shall not make a student fee permissible.
  • “Educational activity” means an activity that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Schools are permitted to solicit voluntary donations of funds or property; voluntary participation in fundraising activities; and may provide prizes or other recognition to students for voluntarily participating in fundraising activities.

For more information go to: www.sfusd.edu/services/know-your-rights/no-fees-essential-school-activities


See the full Handbook and downloadable, translated PDFs at sfusd.edu/Handbook.

This page was last updated on August 16, 2023