Tuition and Excess Cost Reimbursement

School districts educating students in other public school systems must pay the full cost of education incurred by the admitting district as defined under NDCC 15.1.29-12. Non-resident tuition payments are mandatory unless specifically exempted under NDCC 15.1-29.

Special education and related costs remain the responsibility of the resident school district. The legislature appropriates funds for a special “high risk pool” for covering unusually high special education costs. This kind of insurance system protects districts against extraordinarily high special education costs that may hit some districts harder than others in any given year.

This “high risk pool” is also used to cover the excess cost of students that are placed by a state court, tribal court, juvenile services or county/state social service agencies into a state-licensed foster home, state-licensed child care home or facility, or a state-operated institution. Students placed voluntarily by a parent or legal guardian into a state-licensed child care home, facility, or program defined in NDCC sections 25-01.2-01 and 50-11-00.1 may also be eligible.

The process for claiming reimbursement for excess costs is handled through the ND TEACH Student Contract System. For more information using this system call the following NDDPI contact:

Entity Phone Number
ND TEACH Student Contract System (701) 328-2175
State Responsible – Residency Determination (701) 328-2236
State Responsible – Special Education (701) 328-4564
User access to ND TEACH Student Contract System (701) 328-2175

Additional resources:

Forms

Student Contracts
  • ND Teach Student Contract System
  • School District Responsibility for Resident Students
    • The following tables identify the school district responsibility (cost cap) for the education of
      resident students. School districts incur the full cost based on an approved contract and are
      reimbursed for amount in excess of the cost cap. The Department of Public Instruction will pay the
      full cost for students determined to be the responsibility of the state. 
Rates for special education students placed by district
(based on 4 times the state average cost per school year)
  2016-17  2015-16 2014-15 2013-14
Grades 1-8 Annual Cost Cap $45,140.56 $43,096.36 $41,584.72 $40,436.76
Grades 1-8 Cost Cap Per Day $248.03 $236.79 $228.49 $22.18
Grades 9-12 Annual Cost Cap $49,601.88 $47,188.52 $45,351.92 $43,967.96
Grades 9-12 Cost Cap Per Day $272.54 $259.28 $249.19 $241.58

 

Rates for regular and special education students placed for
reasons other than education

(based the state average cost per school year)
  2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14
Grades 1-8 Annual Cost Cap $11,285.14 $10,744.09 $10,396.18 $10,109.19
Grades 1-8 Cost Cap Per Day $62.01 $59.20 $57.12 $55.55
Grades 9-12 Annual Cost Cap $12,400.47 $11,797.13 $11,337.98 $10,991.99
Grades 9-12 Cost Cap Per Day $68.13 $64.82 $62.30 $60.40

 

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