Fees, charges and donations

This page sets out the requirements and information for schools and parents about what schools can charge for and how schools can opt in to the donations scheme. It also provides information on those schools that have opted in to the scheme in 2020.

Requirements about what schools can charge for

We have developed guidance which makes it clear what schools can charge for and what parents need to pay for.

Opting in to the donations scheme

The opt-in deadline for 2020 has now closed. 1,563 schools have opted in to the scheme.

Schools that have opted in to the scheme will receive their donations payment as part of their January 2020 operational funding instalment. The donations payment will be calculated based on the July 2019 roll.

We will accept late opt-ins to the scheme for 2020 up until 12pm Wednesday 20 November.

Donations scheme opt-in form (external link)

Schools will be able to opt in to the 2021 donations scheme as part of their 2020 July roll return.

Donations Scheme FAQs

Schools that have opted in to the donations scheme in 2020 [XLSX, 76 KB]

Policy documentation on the Donations scheme

Breakdown of schools which have opted in to the donations scheme for 2020 by region, type and decile 

(As at 12.30pm Monday 18 November)

Education Region

Schools Opting In

Roll Count of Participating Schools

Funding Going to Schools in 2020

Average Roll Count

Average Amount Going to Schools in 2020

Total Eligible Schools

% Opting In

Tai Tokerau

134

26,831

$4,024,650

200

$30,035

140

95.7%

Auckland

305

126,876

$19,031,400

416

$62,398

357

85.4%

Waikato

201

47,266

$7,089,900

235

$35,273

222

90.5%

Bay of Plenty/Waiariki

145

43,220

$6,483,000

298

$44,710

162

89.5%

Hawke's Bay/Tairawhiti

138

30,759

$4,613,850

223

$33,434

153

90.2%

Taranaki/Whanganui/Manawatu

166

34,535

$5,180,250

208

$31,206

184

90.2%

Wellington

163

37,947

$5,692,050

233

$34,921

174

93.7%

Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast

85

19,009

$2,851,350

224

$33,545

94

90.4%

Canterbury/Chatham Islands

122

34,224

$5,133,600

281

$42,079

137

89.1%

Otago/Southland

104

15,915

$2,387,250

153

$22,954

122

85.2%

Total

1,563

416,582

$62,487,300

267

$39,979

1,745

89.6%

 

Decile

Schools Opting In

Roll Count of Participating Schools

Funding Going to Schools in 2020

Total Eligible Schools

% Opting In

1

293

59,873

$8,980,950

312

93.9%

2

226

50,109

$7,516,350

250

90.4%

3

232

61,205

$9,180,750

245

94.7%

4

214

64,018

$9,602,700

231

92.6%

5

224

64,375

$9,656,250

244

91.8%

6

189

57,840

$8,676,000

228

82.9%

7

185

59,162

$8,874,300

235

78.7%

Total

1,563

416,582

$62,487,300

1,745

89.6%

School Type

Schools Opting In

Roll Count of Participating Schools

Funding Going to Schools in 2020

Total Eligible Schools

% Opting In

Composite

69

17,611

$2,641,650

84

82.1%

Intermediate

83

36,599

$5,489,850

90

92.2%

Kura

46

4,660

$699,000

59

78.0%

Primary

1117

235,464

$35,319,600

1,193

93.6%

Secondary

184

118,514

$17,777,100

244

75.4%

Specialist

32

3,357

$503,550

34

94.1%

Other

32

377

$56,550

41

78.0%

Total

1,563

416,582

$62,487,300

1,745

89.6%

Decile reviews

Decile 8-10 schools that believe there has been a significant change in their school's roll profile since deciles were last recalculated in 2014 and want to opt in to the donations scheme can apply for a decile review.

Applications for a decile change to take effect from the 2020 school year closed on 23 September 2019. Information and the application pack is available on the Education Counts website.

Decile Review – Education Counts  (external link)

2018 Census data will not be available in time to recalculate deciles for 2020 so the Ministry will continue to carry out decile reviews based on the 2013 Census data.

If a board successfully applies for a decile review that results in them gaining eligibility for the Donations Scheme, they will be advised before the start of the 2020 school year. These schools will have until March 2020 to decide whether to opt in to the scheme. They will receive their funding in their April 2020 operational funding instalment. The funding will be calculated based on the previous year’s July roll return.

If a school applies for a decile review and anticipates that they will be eligible to opt in to the scheme, they must not ask families for donations in the 2020 school year.

School camps

If your school/kura opts in to the donations scheme, the board of trustees cannot ask you to make a donation unless it is for a school camp.

You can choose if you want to pay none, some or all of the school camp donation. If you choose not to make a donation, your child cannot be stopped from attending a camp if it is part of the school’s curriculum.

What is a school camp?

A school camp is any curriculum-related activity where students are expected to stay overnight as part of that activity.

Examples of activities covered by this definition include:

  • Education Outside the Classroom camp
  • Year 9 induction camp
  • Senior school leadership camp
  • Overnight field trip as part of senior secondary assessment (eg Year 12 Biology field trip)
  • An overnight trip to Wellington to visit key places such as Te Papa, Parliament, and the Carter Observatory

Examples of activities NOT covered by this definition include:

  • Swimming lessons
  • Day trip to the museum
  • Day trip as part of senior secondary assessment.

Fees, charges and donations

Schools and kura cannot charge domestic students a fee for enrolment or attendance or for delivery of the curriculum (e.g. subject fees). There are however some situations where parents, caregivers and whānau might want to make a payment.

These three types of payments include:

Donations

  • These are voluntary payments, no matter who asks for them. Parents can pay them in part, in full or not at all.
  • They can be for general purposes, or for a specific purpose.
  • Anyone can chose to make a donation to a school or kura at any time. GST is not payable. Donation tax credits can be claimed.
  • Decile 1-7 schools and kura who opt in to the donations scheme will receive $150 per student payment for that year in exchange for not asking for donations- with the exception of donations for school camps.
  • Decile 8 -10 schools and those who chose not to opt-in can still ask for donations but payment cannot be compelled or enforced. Parents can choose to pay a donation in full, in part, or not at all.

Purchases of goods & services

  • Schools and kura can ask parents and whānau to pay for goods and services they provide that are optional (e.g. pens and lunches) but it is up to parents/whānau to decide whether to buy them from the school/kura or somewhere else.
  • All purchases/signups are voluntary and cannot be enforced.
  • If a purchase is agreed, payment can be enforced.
  • GST is chargeable and a tax credit cannot be claimed.

Attendance dues

  • These are compulsory for students attending state-integrated schools and kura, regardless of whether the school or kura has opted in to the donations scheme.
  • Payment can be enforced and GST is payable. A tax credit cannot be claimed.
  • State integrated schools and kura cannot increase attendance dues without the approval of the Minister of Education.

 

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