Wake Ed

Wake County raises tuition fee for attending school system

How much would you be willing to pay to attend the Wake County school system if you didn’t live in the county?

The tuition fee for the 2015-16 school year will be $2,895.93, a 13-percent increase from the $2,564.38 charged this school year. But before you inquire, the Wake school system has historically been leery of accepting students who don’t live in the county.

This school year, seven students paid tuition. That total includes one senior who paid for the full year and two who paid for two quarters.

Citing overcrowding, Wake traditionally discourages requests from families in other counties who want to attend school in the district. Exceptions are made, such as when students move out of the county during the school year but don’t want to change schools.

Students of school employees who live outside Wake County can also be charged tuition. But the fee can be waived for those employees.

Exceptions are also made for people such as foreign-exchange students.

The fee, as calculated by the district’s Accounting Department, is based on the 2014-15 county appropriation for current expense, capital outlay and capital improvement. The school board approved the new fee last week.