State Policies on Family Fees

Sliding fee scales generally utilize the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) as guidance to implement a fee schedule. Each state defines its own criteria for what a family is required to pay and is typically dependent upon the family's income and family size. Each family's cost would vary and may or may not be on a per service charge. Some states include extenuating circumstances as one way to reduce the family liability. Other examples of family fees include enrollment or annual fees.


Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education