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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools: Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Tuition Adjustment for Inflation

To:Superintendents, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School Leaders, School Business Officials
From:Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner
Date:April 22, 2021

At its December 19, 2017 meeting, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) voted to amend the certificates of Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School and of TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School to specify a tuition rate1 of $8,265 per pupil, effective for fiscal year 2019 (FY2019), with $75 per pupil retained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for program administration. Additionally, the Board voted to delegate to the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education (Commissioner) authority to adjust this rate annually for inflation for the remainder of the schools' current certificates and amend their certificates accordingly. The Board approved Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools (CMVS) tuition rate does not change over the course of the year.

This memorandum informs the CMVS and sending districts about the FY2022 base tuition rate. The Commissioner has adjusted the FY2022 base tuition rate that each CMVS will receive to $8,788 per pupil. This amount was calculated by multiplying the FY21 base tuition rate of $8,666 by the Chapter 70 inflation rate of 1.0141.2 Sending districts will be charged the base tuition rate of $8,788 plus the $75 per pupil administrative fee, which will be $8,863 per pupil.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Alison Bagg, Director (781-338-3218); Rob O'Donnell, School Finance Director (781-338-6512); or me.

1 Until December 2017, the CMVS tuition rate had been $6,700, less $75 per pupil retained by the Department (total rate of $6,625 per pupil paid to each CMVS).

2 The inflation rate is finalized in December based on a third quarter to third quarter comparison, in this case third quarter 2017 to third quarter 2018, from the inflation index that we use for Chapter 70, which is the state and local price deflator published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Last Updated: April 27, 2021

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