Public education is tuition-free but not completely free of expenses. Schools may not charge fees for anything related to a course grade, such as textbooks, workbooks, or laboratory supplies necessary for an instructional class. However, students must buy their own pencils, paper, pens, erasers, notebooks, and other personal items on the school supply list.
Expenses you can expect are:
All school districts must have procedures to waive a fee if the student or parent is unable to pay it. You can find that procedure in your school’s Student Handbook. Also available in the Student Handbook is information on the national Free and Reduced Price Lunch program. For more information, see the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Web site.