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Laws and Regulations

Regulations Governing Senior Secondary School Student Fees

Announced Date:2013-11-12
Article 1
These Regulations have been formulated in accordance with the provisions of Article 56, Paragraph 4 of the Senior High School Education Act (hereunder referred to as “the Act”).
Article 2
The fees that a senior secondary school (hereunder referred to as a “school”) levies from its students and the expenses that the fees are used to pay are set out below:
I. Tuition: refers to fees directly related to teaching activity, used to cover the expenses required for the school’s teaching, discipline and counseling, personnel, equipment, and school building repairs and renovation.
2. Miscellaneous fees: refers to the fees indirectly related to teaching activities, used to cover the expenses required for administrative, operational, and other miscellaneous costs.
3. Usage related fees: refers to charges and security deposits collected from students and paid to other parties on their behalf for students’ use of the following special equipment, facilities, or services provided by those other parties:
 (1) Repeating a subject or taking a subject as a make-up course.
(2) Internships and experiments.
(3) Computer use.
(4) Dormitory accommodation.
(5) Schoolwork related counseling and assistance.
(6) Other usage-based fees.
4. Fees collected for third parties: The school handles collection of the costs of the following student related matters for other parties:
(1) Group insurance premiums. 
(2) Parents' association fee.
(3) Health examination fee.
(4) Class related expenses. 
(5) Swimming pool utility and maintenance.
(6) Meal heating.
(7) Textbooks and other book costs.
(8) Transportation.
(9) Air-conditioning use and maintenance.
(10) Other costs collected on behalf of some third party.
A school that collects a security deposit in accordance with the provisions of Subparagraph 3 of the preceding paragraph shall clearly set out the criteria for having the security deposit returned or not returned, the associated procedures, and other related regulations and make these public.
With the exception of any security deposit referred to in the preceding paragraph that must be refunded, any remaining amount of the money referred to in Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 3 which was collected to pay usage-based fees on behalf of students may be used for recurrent expenditure to improve the school’s basic facilities or enhance its teaching equipment.
Article 3
The amounts charged for each of the items listed in Paragraph 1 of the preceding article are set in the following ways:
1. Tuition: This is set by the central competent authority and made public before the beginning of each school year.
2. Miscellaneous fees, and money collected to pay usage-based fees: These are set by the competent authority to be used for the purposes referred to in Subparagraphs 2 and 3 of Paragraph 1 of the preceding article and made public before the beginning of each school year.
3. Fees collected for third parties: Apart from the fees made public by each competent authority, each school shall set any fees listed in Subparagraph 4 of Paragraph 1 of the preceding article which have been approved at a meeting attended by representatives of the parents' association and impartial upright representatives of the community. The school shall set the fees in accordance with the principle of balancing income and expenditure and make the fees public before levying them. 
The rules governing who shall participate in the meetings referred to in Subparagraph 3 of the preceding paragraph, and its operations, shall be drawn up by the school and must then be approved by its school council.  At any meeting on levying fees to be collected for third parties, the number of participants of any one gender is not permitted to be fewer than one third of the total number of participants, and the number of parents' association representatives is not permitted to be fewer than half of the total number of participants, and if necessary, parent representatives with different family backgrounds may also be included. When a meeting is held, the actual number of parents’ representatives actually attending is not permitted to be fewer than half of the total number of people at the meeting.
Each school shall post the range of fees levied in the previous school year, the purpose each was used for, and the amount levied for each in the information area on the school’s website, and each school shall clearly state the address of information area on the school’s website in its admission brochure. If any adjustments are made to the particular fees being levied and/or the associated amounts for the current school year, the school shall immediately post the details in the information area on its website.
The minutes of the meetings referred to in Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 3, expenditure receipts, and related information shall all be kept for the prescribed number of years for future reference, and details of the school’s income and expenditure shall be posted in the information area on the school’s website.
Article 4
The eligibility criteria for tuition waivers for students who enrolled at a school in or after the 2014 school year and the subsidies for these students are set out in Schedule 1.
The eligibility criteria for tuition waivers and tuition subsidies for students who enrolled at a school in the 2013 school year or in an earlier school year are set out in Schedule 2.
Article 5 
The total annual household income (including separately taxed incomes) referred to in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2, which are referred to the preceding article, is calculated as set out below:
1. If a student is unmarried: 
(1) For minors: Their income is incorporated into that of their legally designated custodian.
(2) For adults: Their income is incorporated into that of their parents.
2. If a student is married: Their income is incorporated into that of their spouse.
3. If a student is divorced or their spouse has died: Their own total income.
If it is unfair to combine the income of a student referred to in Subparagraph 1 of the preceding paragraph with that of their parent or their legal guardian because the student’s parents are divorced, or the student has been abandoned, or for some other special reason, the student may set out the reasons out clearly and submit related documents and materials. The school shall review the matter and if it determines that the reasons are valid, the income of that student’s parents will not be included when calculating the total annual household income.
The income details provided by the Fiscal Information Agency of the Ministry of Finance for the most recent year shall be used as the standard total annual household income referred to in Paragraph 1. The school shall submit the related details in each student’s application to the central competent authority. The central competent authority shall send all students’ related details to the Fiscal Information Agency to check against its records and that agency will subsequently notify each school of the result.
A student who has some doubt about the result of the check referred to in the previous paragraph may apply to the local tax collection authority for a second check to be conducted and send the result of the further check to the school for it to evaluate.
When a student registers for the first semester, they may give the school a list of details of the income from all categories reported in the total income tax for the most recent year and request the school to examine it, and the student will not be subject to the provisions of Paragraph 3.
Article 6
The provisions of Article 4 pertaining to tuition exemption and tuition subsidies are not applicable to a student who does not have Republic of China nationality, a student who is repeating a grade, or a private school student who satisfies the provisions of Article 36, Paragraph 1 of the Act. However, students who had the exam-free admission to a school, referred to in the proviso of Article 35, Paragraph 6 of the Act, are not subject to this restriction.
Article 7
Regarding the tuition fee waiver referred to in Article 4, if a student is entitled to receive some other government provided tuition fee waiver or tuition subsidy, or a payment equivalent in nature to a tuition fee waiver or tuition subsidy, unless other ordinances dictate otherwise, the student shall select just one such entitlement to apply for and is not permitted to select more than one.
Article 8
If for any reason a student is unable to continue their studies and cancels their enrollment, the school shall refund the fees paid by the student in accordance with the following provisions:
(1)   If the enrollment is canceled after registering but before the beginning of the semester, these fees shall be refunded in full.
(2)   If the enrollment is canceled after the beginning of the semester before the end of the first third of the semester, two thirds of the fees shall be refunded.
(3)   If the enrollment is canceled after the end of the first third of the semester but before the end of the second third of the semester, one third of the fees shall be refunded.
(4)   If the enrollment is canceled after two-thirds of the semester has already passed, no fee shall be refunded.
2. Fees collected for third parties: The refund shall be handled in accordance with the nature of each fee and the associated usage.
When a school issues a refund in accordance with the provisions of the preceding paragraph, it shall issue an itemized refund document listing the nature and amount of each fee refund included in the total amount.
Article 9
A student who transfers to another school shall pay fees to the school to which that they have transferred, based on the proportion stipulated in Item 1 or in Item 2 of Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1 of the preceding article.
A transient student shall pay (be refunded) the miscellaneous fees and usage-based fees to their original school and the school they attend on a temporary basis in accordance with the ratios stipulated in the items of Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 1 of the preceding article. The fees collected for third parties shall be handled in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 1, Subparagraph 2 of the preceding article. A transient student who in accordance with the regulations is required to pay the tuition fee shall pay the tuition fee at their original school.
Article 10
If a school’s collecting of fees from students is handled in breach of these Regulations or involves some other improper conduct, the school shall refund those fees; each competent authority may take necessary disciplinary action against the school and any associated personnel in accordance with the law.
Article 11
The eligibility conditions for tuition waivers and subsidies for senior high school students doing a general course which are set out in the Schedule 1 referred to in Article 4 apply, mutatis mutandis, to any student, who enrolled in or after the 2014 school year, who is in the first three years of a seven-year single-track educational system program jointly implemented by a senior high school and a university in accordance with the provisions of Article 7, Paragraph 2 of the Arts Education Act after being approved by the competent education administration authority.
Article 12
These Regulations shall take effect on August 1, 2014.

 
Schedule 1
Tuition Waivers and Subsidies for Senior Secondary School Students Who Enrolled in and after the 2014 School Year
Program
(for registered students)
Type of School Total Annual Household Income
(unit: NTD)
$1.48 million or less Above $1.48 million
Vocational Study Area                & Continuing Education Division Programs Public Tuition waiver
Private
Comprehensive
 Senior
High School
Programs
Grade 10 Public Tuition waiver
Private
Vocational Programs
Grade 11             & Grade 12
Public Tuition waiver
Private
Academic Programs
 Grade 11             & Grade 12
Public Tuition waiver No Subsidy
Private Fixed Subsidy
General Programs Public Tuition waiver No Subsidy
Private Fixed Subsidy
Notes:
  1. Tuition waiver: In accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2, and Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3 of Article 56 of the Act, the full tuition fee is subsidized.
  2. Fixed subsidies: Apart from the subsidy provided in accordance with the provisions of Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3 of Article 56 of the Act, the following subsidies are available for students based on the location of their  household registration:
  1. In Taipei City: The Taipei City Government provides a subsidy of NT$6,000.
  2. In Kaohsiung City: The Kaohsiung City Government provides a subsidy of NT$5,000.
  3. In municipalities and counties (cities) other than the areas in the two previous subparagraphs: The Ministry of Education provides a subsidy of NT$5,000.

Schedule 2 
Tuition Waivers and Subsidies for Senior Secondary School Students Enrolled in and Before the 2013 School Year
Program
(for registered students)
Type of School Total Annual Household Income
(unit: NTD)
$1.48 million or less Above $1.48 million
Vocational Study Area                & Continuing Education Division Programs Public Tuition waiver No Subsidy
Private Fixed Subsidy
Comprehensive
 Senior
High School
Programs
Vocational Programs Public Tuition waiver No Subsidy
Private Fixed Subsidy
Academic Programs Public No Subsidy
Private Tuition Difference Subsidy Fixed Subsidy
General Programs Public No Subsidy
Private Tuition Difference Subsidy Fixed Subsidy
Notes:
1.     Tuition waiver: In accordance with the provisions of Paragraph 1, Paragraph 2, and Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3 of Article 56 of the Act, the full tuition fee is subsidized.
2. Tuition difference subsidies: The difference between the tuition fee of private schools and of public schools for the same courses and programs is subsidized, in accordance with the provisions of Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3 of Article 56 of the Act, and of relevant regulations regarding having uniform tuition fees for private senior secondary school programs and courses.
3.  Fixed subsidies: Apart from the subsidy provided in accordance with the provisions of Subparagraph 1 of Paragraph 3 of Article 56 of the Act, the following subsidies are available for students based on the location of their household registration:
  1. In Taipei City: The Taipei City Government provides a subsidy of NT$6,000.
  2. In Kaohsiung City: The Kaohsiung City Government provides a subsidy of NT$5,000.
  3. In municipalities and counties (cities) other than the areas in the two previous subparagraphs: The Ministry of Education provides a subsidy of NT$5,000.
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