Focus On Student Fees

High-priced tickets at Von Steuben are making some parents wonder what's going on. These apparently include $135.00 for prom ($47K if 350 people attend), $75.00 for a graduation fee, and $45.00 for cap and gown rental ($30K for 250 seniors). Student athletes also now reportedly pay $100.00 per sport, plus do fund raising. ( Previously sports were included in a $100.00 required student fee) The 2009-2010 school year student fee will be $200.00.

Does that seem like a lot of money -- or not all that out of line compared to other schools in Chicago? And, are schools required to explain how they're using student fees and other revenue-generating activities to parents in a budget or LSC report?

Filed under: Parents and Parenting

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