Q & A
Q: Did the government eliminate charging all school fees?
A: The government only eliminated speciﬁc school fees for textbooks, workbooks, photocopying and printing paper.
Q: Why are you charging for things that I did not pay for last year?
A: Although Edmonton Catholic Schools suspended school fees in speciﬁc categories for the 2016/17 school year, it was a one year pilot project that we were unable to sustain. We have reinstated some fees, but have done our best to reduce what you pay (an average of 50% across the District).
Q: My school used to collect all ﬁeld trip fees in September. Why did that change?
A: September is a very expensive month for families. We have stopped collecting ﬁeld trip fees upfront that could be paid later to ease the ﬁnancial strain on families.
Q: How will I know what the fees are in my school?
A: Your school’s fee structure will be posted on their website once approved by the Minister, hopefully by the end of August. Your school will also inform you of your child’s speciﬁc fees, based on their courses in late September.
Q: What if I can’t afford my school fees?
A: Please meet or contact your school principal to discuss your circumstances and determine if you need an alternate payment plan or if you need your school fees waived.