Fee Waiver Guidelines

Fee waivers will be granted based on the household size and income limits listed below. In addition, the fee may be waived, in part or in whole, if a family is experiencing exigent circumstances such as an unforeseen medical problem, change in family status, change in employment for one or both parents, or other emergencies.  This type of waiver request may require a discussion with the Superintendent.

School Programs Waiver

These guidelines are for the Belmont Public Schools programs noted below. The guidelines do not pertain to free and reduced lunch eligibility. Free and Reduced Price for school meals information is available here.

Along with your registration form or letter requesting a fee waiver, please submit a copy of your latest IRS 1040 tax return to the department or school associated with the fee. 

  • Athletics: Athletics Department, 221 Concord Ave. 
  • Fine and Performing Arts and Instrumental Music: Fine Arts Department, 221 Concord Ave. 
  • Saturday Morning Music School and All Town Chorus: Fine Arts Department, 221 Concord Ave 
  • High School Activities: BHS Office, 221 Concord Ave. 
  • Middle School Activities: BMS Office, 221 Concord Ave.
  • Chenery Upper Elementary School Activities: Chenery Office, 95 Washington Street

Bus Transportation Waiver 

Financial waivers are granted based on household size and income. Fee Waiver Application Form (Busing) is available now. You may send the completed form with a copy of your latest federal tax return (Form 1040) to:  

Belmont Public Schools
C/O Business Office - Busing
644 Pleasant Street
Belmont, MA 02478

You may also fax your paperwork to 617-993-5439. Please be advised that we may require additional documentation to verify your household financial responsibility. For security reasons, please do not email your tax information to the Business Office. Waivers will be reviewed confidentially.

Fee Waiver Scale for 2024-2025
Household Size Free 50% of State Median Income 85% of State Median Income 100% of State Median Income Over 100% of State Median Income
2  $41,552   $49,467 $84,094 $91,159 over $91,159
3 $51,329   $61,106 $103,880 $112,607 over $112,607
4 $61,107  $72,746 $123,667 $134,056 over $134,056
5  $70,883   $84,385 $143,455 $155,507 over $155,507
6  $80,660   $96,024 $163,241 $176,955 over $176,955
7  $82,494   $98,207 $166,951 $180,977 over $180,977
8  $84,327   $100,389 $170,661 $184,998 over $184,998
9 $86,160  $102,571 $174,371 $189,020 over $189,020
% of Fee to be Paid 0% 25% 50% 75% 100%

Instrumental Music Program Fee for one child

  FREE $62.50 $125 $187.50 $250

BHS Fine and Performing Arts Fee for one child

  FREE $68.75 $137.50 $206.25 $275

BHS Athletic Fee for one child

 1st Season Enrolled FREE $121.25 $242.50 $363.75 $485
2nd Season Enrolled FREE $83.75 $167.50 $251.25 $335
3rd Season Enrolled FREE $46.25 $92.50 $138.75 $185

BHS Activities Fee for one child

  FREE $25 $50 $75 $100

Middle School and Chenery Upper Elementary School Fine Arts, Athletics and Activities Fee for one child

  FREE $37.50 $75 $112.50 $150

BUSING

  FREE $143.75 $287.50 $431.25 $575

Grade 8 Washington DC Trip

  $150 $375 $750 $1,125 $1,500

*Please note income includes: earnings from work before deductions, welfare, child support, alimony, pensions, retirement, social security, and other miscellaneous income.