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Published Date: March 29, 2012
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09 Non-Continuous Needs

Children’s School Expenses


Income Support, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 19
BFE/ETW & Full-Time Learners Ministerial Order: Section 24, Schedules 1, 2, and 4


To assist parents in covering additional costs associated with having children in school.


A benefit for fees and costs associated with school attendance may be provided for a child in a household unit if the child is registered in and attending school, enrolled in correspondence school in Alberta, or home schooled.

The worker issues school expenses in accordance with the child’s grade.

  • When a child is in a lower grade than the age indicates, no repayment is required if the amount has already been paid automatically.
  • When a child is in a higher grade than the age indicates, the worker issues the higher amount, or the difference between the amount already issued and the higher amount.

What it Covers
All school-related expenses such as:

  • school fees,
  • locker fees,
  • school supplies (pencils, books and paper),
  • field trips,
  • gym shoes,
  • sports supplies and
  • all other expenses required by the school for school attendance


  • Client’s verbal statement.
  • Substantiation of school attendance is required for 4 year olds.
  • 18 and 19-year-olds sign Schedule C Declaration of 18 and 19 Year Old Dependant.
  • Workers may request substantiation such as a letter from the child’s school only if there is a concern (i.e. whether the child is actually attending school or if there is an age/grade discrepancy).

Maximum $50 per year per child aged 4 or 5 or in kindergarten
Maximum $100 per year per child aged 6 to 11 or in elementary school
Maximum $175 per year per child aged 12 or older or in junior high or high school

Need Code
1802  Children’s School Expenses


LISA runs a program annually before July rollover to automatically add the children’s school expenses allowance to the August budget of each file with children aged 5-17.

The children’s school expenses allowance for applicants, 4-year-olds, 18 and 19-year-olds, and anyone not captured through the annual automatic adjustment must be manually entered in LISA.