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

  • April 8, 2024 at 10:44 am

    You say delopment fees is used for School infrastructure and teacher’s salaries tec.

    But Rs 8000/- from each student. Before Covid Devlopment fees was Rs 3000/- and after covid fees was Rs 5000/- and last year was Rs 7000/- and now Rs 8000/-.

    Wow what a high difference in your fees. But school infrastructure is not proper used for Maharaja Agrasen Model School, Pitam Pura Delhi – 34. No AC is installed in school premises.

    I just requesy only some amount waive off so that I pay on time

    My family is a medium not a rich family.

    Kindly solve the matter at the earliest


    Chander Parkash

    • April 13, 2024 at 3:34 pm

      Sir, We dont work for any school and are not related with any of the schools. You can talk to the school your kid is in regarding this.

  • April 4, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    very high amount as a development fees of Rs 8000/- per year for one student.

    We are a middle family and we can not afford a very hight amount to be pay.

    Why Private Schoole had charged with each student and where is used for charges.

    Pl tell me fully explain


    Chander Parkash

    • April 6, 2024 at 8:16 pm

      Hi, development fees is used by school to maintain and develop its infrastructure (this should not be used for any other purpose) . The parent body or association of the school can always question the school as to how and where it is using it.

  • 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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