Student and Family Affordability Fund - Student Fees Reimbursement

Posted On Friday February 02, 2024

On August 29, 2022, the Ministry of Education and Child Care announced that school districts in BC would be provided with a one-time fund ($60 M) called the Student and Family Affordability Fund (SFAF) intended to provide additional funds to parents to offset costs of food through meals programs in the school, school supplies, and any additional fees so that students can take part in activities, such as field trips, athletics, and fine arts.

School District No. 73 received $1,656,248 in November 2022.

In the 2022-2023 school year, the District spent $760,236 of these funds supporting students and families with the cost of school supplies, course fees, academy fees, field trips, athletics, meals and snacks, leaving $896,012 for the 2023-2024 school year.

As of January 26, 2024, the District has spent approximately $670,000 which has provided assistance with an estimated 17,000 school fees.

There is $226,000 in funding available for the remainder of the school year that will continue to provide support for school supplies, course fees, academy fees and enhancement fees.

To access the Student and Family Affordability Fund for assistance with these fees, please use SchoolCash Online or the paper-based school supply or course fee forms sent home by your school.

Due to the potential of fully expending the remaining amount in the Student and Family Affordability Fund to support families with school supplies, academy fees, course fees and enhancement fees, support for additional fees (i.e. grad fees, athletic fees, field trips, etc.) will not be considered at this time. At the beginning of April 2024, Director Tallon will review the funds remaining and determine an equitable redistribution of any remaining funds for grad fees, athletics fees and field trips.

If you have additional fees that you need help with, please see your school principal about the Administrative Procedure.

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