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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual Schools: Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Tuition Adjustment for Inflation

To:Superintendents, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Virtual School Leaders, School Business Officials
From:Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner
Date:May 31, 2022

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 (FY19), 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 FY23 base tuition rate. The Commissioner has adjusted the FY23 base tuition rate that each CMVS will receive to $9,184 per pupil. This amount was calculated by multiplying the FY22 base tuition rate of $8,788 by the Chapter 70 inflation rate of 1.045.2 Sending districts will be charged the base tuition rate of $9,184 plus the $75 per pupil administrative fee, which will be $9,259 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 based on a third quarter to third quarter comparison, in this case third quarter 2020 to third quarter 2021, from the U.S. Department of Commerce's state and local government price deflator capped at the 4.50% maximum set in Chapter 70 and reflected in the governor's as well as the House and Senate's FY23 budget filings.

Last Updated: June 1, 2022

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