School fees – Various heads and what they constitute

Schools charge school fees under various heads and we look at what each of these heads constitute. Its important for parents to know about these school fees various heads and what they constitute so that they have a clarity of what’s going where and if its actually really being utilized. A recent court proceeding between private schools and Delhi government at the Delhi high court led to discussion around what constitutes different school fee heads. We sum up these different heads and the details of what’s covered as part of them.

Annual Charges relates to the following expenses:

1. Hostel running expenses
2. Administrative & General Expenses
3. Rents, rates and taxes
4. Communication Expenses
5. Printing & Stationery
6. Electricity & Water charges
7. Travelling & Conveyance
8. Expenses of teaching & non teaching staff
9. Insurance charges
10.Promotional expenses
11.Remuneration of Auditors (including expenses reimbursed)
12.Repairs & maintenance of Building
14.Financial expenses such as interest on loans, loss on sale of
fixed assets & investments
15.Other expenses – Write offs and provisions
16.Miscellaneous expenses
17.Legal Expenses.

Development Fees pertains to expenditure related to the following:

1. Furniture, Benches
2. Chairs, Wall paneling, Green/Black Boards
3. Computers
4. Projectors
5. Smart Boards/ Touch Panels in classes
6. Water Coolers
7. Air conditioners
8. RO water treatment plant
9. Overhauling of electrical
10.Panels, switches, MCB’s
11.Fire safety equipments
12.Fans and lights
13.Changing / repairing of doors and windows
14.Tiles, Lift

Tuition fees pertains to expenditure related to the following:

1. Teacher salaries (as per research conducted by Delhi education department, it was 50%-60% of total fees charged and in some cases 70% of fees charged by schools).
2. Expenditure (mostly manpower) on conducting co-curricular and extra curricular activities if not covered under above heads.
3. Adhoc teacher expenses

Library fees includes library books and associated management

IT fees includes computer tools and associated management


Have questions with respect to any other school fees head? Ask us.



Last Updated on June 9, 2021 by Go4Reviews

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5 thoughts on “School fees – Various heads and what they constitute

  • July 19, 2021 at 2:15 am

    My school is not giving breakup of fees and neither giving discounts. What to do?

  • July 5, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    The school of our child is not giving any waiver. What shall we do? He studies in Gurgaon school?

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  • June 12, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    This is such a helpful post, i was wondering why schools are not reducing fees. now have some clarity. still schools should offer some discounts on development and annual fees which is part of composite fees in UP now.

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