​Fee Information Questions and Answers

Q. Why are fees charged in a public education system?
A. Fees are charged to cover the gap between the cost of programs and services and the funding provided by the province.

Q. I can’t afford to pay the fees all at once. What options do I have to pay these fees?
A. The CBE accepts payments as follows:

  • Online: 4-6 weeks after registration for transportation and/or noon supervision using VISA, MasterCard, VISA Debit or Interac Online. Payment, either lump sum or monthly installments, can be made at MyCBE/PowerSchool​.

Q. How can I register for noon supervision or bus transportation?

A. Parents/guardians have the option to register online for noon supervision and yellow school bus transportation for regular or alternative programs. Online registration using MyCBE/PowerSchool​ is the simplest and most convenient way to register for noon supervision and transportation services.

Online registration and fee payment is ongoing. 

​Q. When do I need to pay my fees?

A. Fees are due starting in September. Payment of school fees can be made online using your MyCBE/PowerSchool​ account 4-6 weeks after online registration. 

Q. What happens if I cannot afford the fees?

A. No child is ever denied access to an education in the CBE because of an inability to pay. There are several ways to be considered eligible for a waiver, including but not limited to:

  • You receive assistance from Provincial Social Services

  • Your family is eligible for the Alberta Child Health Benefit

  • You are a Government Sponsored Conventional Refugee, your do not have the documents listed above but have a low income and Treaty status

  • You have been approved by the City of Calgary Fair Entry Program OR

  • You are an independent student living away from home

Applications can be made online at MyCBE/PowerSchool​ or are available on the CBE website at www.cbe.ab.ca/forms.

If your application for a waiver is denied, you may declare a hardship to your school principal. The school will work with you to either come up with a manageable payment schedule or waive part or all of your fees.

Q. Does the CBE use collection agencies?
A. If CBE efforts to collect fees fail, our last resort is sending the account to a collection agency. If you use a CBE program or service, our policy is to charge you for that program or service. If you cannot afford the fees, there are several ways that the fees can be waived. Fees are only sent to collection if families have not declared a financial hardship for services they use and after every reasonable attempt has been made to settle the amount owing. No outstanding balances are sent to collections until at least 200 days have elapsed. Our policies require us to work to collect fees owing from any source. Again, no child is ever denied access to CBE programs or services because of an inability to pay.

Q. What if I received a collection notice in error?
A. If there has been an error, please contact our Finance Department immediately at 403-817-7888, or email studentfees@cbe.ab.ca. We will work with you to correct the error as soon as possible.

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