- Participation fees (per sport/activity)
- Co-Curricular fees (band, orchestra, select choirs, debate, forensics, plays)
- Instrument maintenance/rental fee (if applicable)
- Parking permits
- Membership in student organizations
- Additional supplies for co-curricular activities
- Lost USD 497 property (library books, textbooks, uniforms, technology equipment, etc.)
- Yearbooks (if purchased)
- Activity Ticket (assessed for students in KSHSAA sponsored sports and co-curricular activities, as well as for students who request an activity ticket). More information on Activity Tickets can be found here.
Course Fees, select courses only:
- Course fees (additional material for the classroom not covered by basic fees)
Please review the High School Planning Guide and Course Description Book for courses that require additional fees.
Q: If my student attends only part of the year, do I pay fees for the full year?
A: Basic fees are pro-rated on a quarterly basis. If your student attends one day of the quarter, fees are due for the quarter. Special fees and course fees are not pro-rated.
Q: How are fees assessed for students who attend school for less than a full day?
A: Fees for students who attend less than a full day will be pro-rated according to current policy set by the school board. Special fees and course fees are billed at 100%.
% of Enrollment Assessed Fees - %
0.0% - 10.0% 0.0%
10.1% - 33.0% 33.0%
33.1% - 67.0% 67.0%
67.1% - 100.0% 100.0%
Q: Can my fees be waived?
A: If you receive a letter form USD 497's Food Services Department approving your student's meal prices as free or reduced, you may be eligible to have certain fees waived. Fees eligible to be waived are basic fees, co-curricular fees, participation fees, course fees, instrument maintenance/rental, activity ticket, and cap & gown. If you wish to have your fees waived, both the Approved Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Application and Form 3E - Consent for Disclosure must be on file in the Food Services Department. These forms, in English and Spanish, may be found here
Q: How do I pay for my fees?
A: The school office or district office accepts checks, cash, cashier's checks, and money orders. See below for information regarding insufficient fund checks. Payments may be made online via eFunds
. The eFunds program accepts electronic check and credit card payments.
Q: When do I pay for fees?
A: Payment will be accepted once the fees have been added to your student's account. USD 497 does not accept payments made prior to the fees being assessed. The only exceptions are for yearbooks, activity tickets, and parking permits. You will receive a monthly statement only if you have a balance due on an account. You may also check your balance using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. If your account carries a credit balance, you will receive a refund check from USD 497.
Q: May I make payments for fees?
A: Yes. Payments may be made in installments at your discretion. USD 497 does not have established payment plan dates, but requires your bill be paid in full by May 23. Not all fees are eligible for the payment plan. For more information, contact your school office.
Q: What if my fees are not paid by May 23?
A: Fees that remain unpaid after May 23 will be sent to collections. Silo Recovery is the district's collection agency.
Q: What if my check is returned due to insufficient funds?
A: USD 497 uses RECHECK, Inc., a check recovery company, for all insufficient fund checks. If a checks is returned due to insufficient funds, payment MUST be made to RECHECK, Inc. and NOT to the student's school or the district business office. By law, RECHECK, Inc. is able to electronically debit the check writer's account for the amount of the check and a $30.00 processing fee.
Q: How does the eFunds program work?
A: The eFunds program allows you to pay fees online at your convenience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access eFunds through the PowerSchool Parent Portal
. In order to pay online you will need to create a user account and add your student(s) to your account. Once your account has been set up, you may make a payment. When you select New Payments or Pre-Authorized Payments, you will be directed to a screen that shows all fees with a balance on your student's account. You may make a partial payment by adjusting the dollar amount listed next to the fees. To pay a specific fee, click on "add" beside the fee. The fees you have selected for payment will be displayed at the bottom of the payment screen. Please note that eFunds will not be available during summer to accomodate year-end processing (approximately from May 25 through mid-July).
Q: Is there a fee for using eFunds?
A: Yes, there is a small convenience fee charged by eFunds. Currently, the fee is $1.00 for each electronic check payment and $2.45 for each credit card payment. eFunds, a third party vendor, sets this fee and it is subject to change.
Q: Where do I find my student's ID so I may use eFunds?
A: You may call your student(s) school or you will find their ID on their fees statement.