Massachusetts Charter Schools

FY17 Charter School Tuition and Enrollment Projections

Below you will find links to FY17 tuition and enrollment projections for charter schools and sending districts. It is our hope that this information will assist in the FY17 budget process for charter schools, school districts, and municipalities.

It is important to note some caveats that may affect the accuracy of these projections. While actual enrollment cannot exceed the projection reported by a given charter, enrollment by individual sending school districts may vary. Additionally, each sending district's tuition rate is a function of local spending and subject to change. Both districts and charter schools should allow for some margin of error in these projections when preparing their FY17 budgets.

At the time of publication both the House Ways and Means' budget level funds the Charter Aid program at $85,500,000. This funding covers 100 per cent of the Facilities Tuition and 51 per cent of the Increased Tuition program. Once the state budget is finalized, the reimbursement analysis will be revised.

Tuition, FTE and Rate Summaries

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Projected FY17 Charter FTE and Tuition is an MS Excel spreadsheet of the number of pupils at each charter school and the total dollars to be paid.
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Projected FY17 Charter Tuition Payments and Reimbursements For Sending Districts is an MS Excel spreadsheet of each district's total enrollment at all charter schools; the local tuition assessed (including facilities); and the Commonwealth's reimbursement to districts for facilities tuition and increases in tuition.
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Projected FY17 Rates by Charter School and Sending District is a comprehensive, sortable list of the individual district tuition rates at each charter school. Also included are comparison worksheets for Foundation and Above Foundation Spending Rates.

Rate Component Detail

The charter school tuition rate has three components. The facilities component is set by the legislature at $893 per pupil. The detail for the other two components is provided below.

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FY17 Foundation Budget is an MS Excel spreadsheet containing the Foundation Budgets of all applicable charter school sending districts. A drop down menu allows the user to select the school, campus, and district. For detail on proposed changes to the FY17 Foundation Budget please see FY17 Preliminary Chapter 70 Aid and Net School Spending Requirements. A discussion of the new low income metric may be found at Redefining Low Income - A New Metric for K-12 Education Data.
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Projected FY17 Net School Spending Percentage Above Foundation Budget is an MS Excel spreadsheet that provides the calculation used to determine the percentage of net school spending above foundation budget. Deductions for retired teacher's health insurance and out-of-district special education costs are shown in detail.

Questions regarding charter school tuition and reimbursements may be addressed to Hadley Cabral in School Finance at (781) 338-6586 or

Last Updated: April 14, 2016

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