fees and waivers

fee payment options 2014-15

CBE offers flexible payments options to parents. You can choose how and when to pay your fees:

  • Online – My CBE Account
  • Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) – up to 10 monthly payments (register online using your My CBE Account or fill out PAD section of the contract)
  • Cheque
  • Apply for a Waiver

Please note: to ensure security of your personal information, we do not accept credit card information over the phone, by fax or by mail.

Pay online

You can pay most school fees online using your My CBE Account. For many parents, this option is the easiest method of payment as it can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Create a My CBE Account

Setting up an account to pay student fees online is quick and easy, but there are a few things that must be confirmed before you register. If you are setting up a My CBE Account you must:

  • be a legal guardian;
  • use the same email address the school has on file; and
  • have your child(ren)’s CBE student ID numbers.

If you are not sure of any of this information, please contact your child’s school.

Once on the My CBE Account page, you can login to your existing account or create a new account.

Add your child(ren) using their CBE student ID

After you set up a new account, you will receive a confirmation via email. You must click on the “complete process” link in the email to activate your account.

For questions related to online payments or fees, please call 403-817-7888

Pay by Pre-Authorized Debit

You can choose to pay fees by automatic withdrawal from your bank account.
The easiest way to enrol is online using your My CBE Account.

You can also use the authorization form is on the back of noon supervision and transportation registration forms. These forms need to be filled out and returned to CBE with a void cheque showing your bank account details

Scheduled payment options:

  • 10 monthly payments (withdrawn each month from September to June)
  • two payments (withdrawn in September and February)

Pay at your school

You can also pay fees at your child’s school. Most schools will only accept a cheque for the full amount of your fees.

Pay at CBE Education Centre

You may also pay in-person at the Education Centre or mail your completed forms and cheque payment to:

Transportation Services, Calgary Board of Education
1221 – 8 St. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2R 0L4

Do not mail cash

Apply for a 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 Refugee; or
  • If your Children are Treaty Status living below an income threshold based on family size.
  • If you do not meet the criteria above, you may declare a financial hardship to your school principal. Your principal will work with you to either come up with a manageable payment schedule, or decide to waive part or all of your fees.

For questions about waivers, please call 403-817-7440.
For all other inquiries, please speak to your child’s principal.

Should I apply for a waiver?

New for 2014-15

  • If your child will be riding the bus you must submit a separate Transportation contract. 
  • If your child will be staying for lunch, you must submit a Noon Supervision registration form.
  • If your child is eligible to take Calgary Transit, you must complete a Waiver for the Purchase of Calgary Transit Pass.

The CBE will waive fees for parents/guardians if they meet certain income guidelines, or fall into certain groups, including government sponsored conventional refugees, independent students and those with treaty status who are low income. If you qualify, you may apply for a CBE waiver for any or all of the following fees:

  • Instructional Supplies and Materials (ISM) Fee
  • Transportation Fee, including Calgary Transit (except for conditional riders)
  • Music Instrument Rental Fee
  • Noon Supervision Fee

If any of the following situations applies to your family you may apply for a CBE waiver:

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.

We receive assistance from Provincial Social Services
You must provide a photocopy of one of the following documents:

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

We are low income but not on Provincial Social Services
You must provide a photocopy of one of the following documents:

  • The Alberta Child Health Benefit card and letter of confirmation of renewal for the current year
  • OR
  • The Child Health Benefit (ACHB) card and the letter of confirmation of renewal for the current year
  • DO NOT send Alberta Personal Health Card

We are Government Sponsored Conventional Refugees
You must provide a photocopy of both of the following documents:

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

We have Treaty Status
You must provide a photocopy of all of the following documents:

  • Parent(s) 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 cards for each of the children (or a letter from your band verifying each child has treaty status)

Independent Students
You must provide a photocopy of the following documents:

  • A recent pay stub and a receipt for rent or a letter from your landlord indicating you are paying rent
  • OR
  • A letter from your school principal confirming you are an independent student living away from home

Alberta Child Health Benefit income guidelines

Family Type

Maximum Qualifying Income
(effective August 1, 2008)

Single parent with 1 child


Single parent with 2 children


Single parent with 3 children


Single parent with 4 children


Couple with 1 child


Couple with 2 children


Couple with 3 children


Couple with 4 children*


*For each additional child, add $4,663

* For information regarding the Alberta Child Health Benefit, please call 310-0000 then dial 780-427-6848 (toll free) or visit the website at www.employment.alberta.ca/FCH/2076.html.
 Please note it can take several weeks to receive coverage.

Applying for a waiver

Step 1: Be sure you have the appropriate documents. If you don’t have the documents, apply to the appropriate agency.

Step 2: Complete a Fee Waiver Application form. Use only one form per family listing all of your children attending a CBE school.

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

Step 4: Mail it to the address on the front of the form.

For more information, call Student Fees at 403-817-7888. To speak to someone in person, please go to the office of your child’s school.

To allow sufficient time to process your application for the beginning of next school year, it is recommended you submit it before the end of June of this school year. Applications can take up to six weeks to process.

If you do not qualify for a waiver but fees present a significant financial hardship for your family, we encourage you to meet with your school principal. Principals have discretion to waive fees in appropriate circumstances. No student will be denied access to education due to an inability to pay.





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