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Fees & Waivers Low Income Central Fee Waiver

Low Income Central Fee Waiver

​Due to COVID-19 and the extended tax deadline, the Alberta Government has provided temporary extended coverage for their income support programs. Families applying for a waiver for the 2020-21 school year will need to provide documents showing yearly enrolment in the program beyond September 2020.

Waiver applications are available through your MyCBE/PowerSchool account.​ The deadline for waiver applications is June 30 of the applicable school year. Waiver applications that are submitted past the deadline may not be approved.​

Apply for a Central Fee Waiver

No child is ever denied access to an education in the CBE because of an inability to pay. If you can’t afford the fees, there are several ways to qualify to be eligible for the fees to be waived including:
  • If you receive assistance from Provincial Social Services
  • If your family is eligible for the Alberta Child Health Benefit
  • If you are a Government Sponsored Convention Refuge
  • If you have been approved by the City of Calgary’s Fair Entry program

  • If you do not have the documents listed above but have a low income and Treaty Status 
  • If you are an independent CBE student who is not financially supported by a parent/guardian

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may review the criteria for Extraordinary Circumstance Waiver for further support.

For questions about waivers, please contact ​​Student Fees:​

For inquiries about School Based Fee Waiver, please contact your child’s school.

What fees may be ​​waived? ​​

The CBE will waive fees for parents/guardians if they meet certain income guidelines. Income levels are supported by specific documents. If you qualify, you may apply for a CBE waiver for any or all of the following fees:

  • Student Supplies Fee​
  • Transportation Fee
  • Music Instrument Rental Fee
  • Noon Supervision Fee

​Documents required to apply fo​​r a Central Fee Waiver

If you receive assistance from Provincial Social Services
You need to provide a photocopy of either:

  • A currently dated Social Services Benefit Card showing applicant’s and student(s) names. OR
  • A current letter from Social Services verifying you are in receipt of assistance and the children listed are covered as your dependants.

If you receive the Alberta Child Health Benefit 
You need to provide a photocopy of:

  • The Alberta Child Health Benefit card and the letter of confirmation of renewal for the current year. (DO NOT send a copy of your Alberta Personal Health Card)

If you are Government Sponsored Convention Refugee
You need to provide photocopies of either:

  • Parent(s) “Confirmation of Residency” papers indicating Convention Refugee and a current Citizenship and Immigration cheque stub. OR
  • A copy of current dated Interim Federal Health Certificate of Eligibility for applicant and children.

If you have been approved by the City of Calgary’s Fair Entry Program

  • A copy of your program acceptance letter showing the guardian and dependent names that matches your application, approval status and expiry date.

If you do not have the above documents but have a low income and Treaty status
You need to provide photocopies of both:

  • Treaty Status Card and Notice of Assessment for parents/guardians (this is the only situation where any form of income tax papers will be accepted). AND
  • Treaty Status Card for each of the children (or a letter from your band verifying each child has treaty status).

If you are an ind​​ependent CBE student who is not financially supported by a parent/guardian

You need​​ to provide photocopies of both:

  • ​Current lease agreement showing the independent CBE student as primary tenant AND
  • A recent paystub of the independent CBE student

Alberta Child Health Benefit income guidelines

Family Type
Maximum Qualifying Income
(effective July 1, 2015)
Single parent with 1 child$26,023
Single parent with 2 children$31,010
Single parent with 3 children$36,325
Single parent with 4 children$41,957
Couple with 1 child$31,237
Couple with 2 children$36,634
Couple with 3 children$41,594
Couple with 4 children*$46,932
*For each additional child, add $4,973
* For information regarding the Alberta Child Health Benefit, please call 310-0000 then dial780-427-6848 (toll free) or visit the website
Please note it can take several weeks to receive coverage.
Please note: CBE follows the Alberta Child Health Benefits (ACHB) income guidelines to determine waiver eligibility. The ACHB plan is for families with limited incomes. It pays for health services, prescription drugs and dental care for children up to age 18, and up to age 20 if they live at home and are attending high school up to Grade 12. 

How to Apply

Please note: in addition to the steps below to have fees waived, you will still need to register for all services by filling out and submitting the required online forms.

Step 1: 
Be sure you have the appropriate documents. 

Step 2: 
Complete Fee Waiver application online at MyCBE/PowerSchool

Step 3: 
Attach the documentation to your online form indicated for your situation (applicant’s name must be on documentation). 

For more information, contact Student Fees at  

Applications can take up to 8-12 weeks to process.​ ​To allow sufficient time to process your application, please apply as soon as possible. The final deadline for application is June 30 of the applicable school year.​

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