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.

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.


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