Charter Schools - Funding

Public schools in Texas receive state funds based on the average daily attendance (ADA) of students. This process is the same for independent school districts and for open-enrollment charter schools. The Foundation School Program (FSP) is the source for these funds.  See Charter School Finance page for more information.

House Bill (HB) 2251 enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature provides charter schools that have experienced a 10% or greater growth in enrollment with the option of an accelerated FSP payment schedule beginning in the 2015–2016 school year. For more, see Accelerated Foundation School Program (FSP) Payment Schedule for Charter Schools

Unlike independent school districts, open-enrollment charter schools do not receive funds from local tax revenue. Charter schools also do not have access to state facilities allotments.

See also 2015–2016 Significant Expansion of Enrollment—Open-Enrollment Charter Schools Only


Open-enrollment charter schools may accept charitable donations from private sources and other public sources. Any donations must be voluntary and cannot be a condition for admission or continued enrollment.

Tuition and Fees

Open-enrollment charter schools may not charge tuition. They may only charge fees that independent school districts can charge.

Start-Up Grant

The Public Charter School Start-Up Grant is one possible source of funding for charter schools. This competitive grant opportunity is available for charter schools that meet the federal definition of a charter school. The charter school must also have never received Public Charter Schools Program start-up funds.

Previous Requests for Application (RFA) for the Public School Start-Up Grant are available on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. In the Search Options box:

  1. Select the name of the RFA from the Application Name drop-down list.
  2. Click Search.
  3. Scroll down to the Application and Support Information section to view all documents for each RFA.

Planning Grant

Texas does not offer a pre-planning grant (i.e., before charter award).

If you have any questions about the information on this page, contract the Charter School Administration by e-mail at or by phone at (512) 463-9575.


Division of Charter School Administration
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 463-9575