High Cost Funds

High Cost Funds

The 2023-2024 High Cost Funds (HCF) application will open on March 1, 2024 and close on May 1, 2024.

The Qualifying Cost Amount for the 2023-2024 HCF is $37,587. 

High Cost Funds (HCF) help offset the financial impact on Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) that provide educational services to high need children with disabilities. High need children with disabilities receive educational services which exceed three times the state’s average per pupil expenditure (APPE).  Only those costs associated with providing direct special education and related services to the child, and identified in the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), are considered when determining whether a child qualifies as a high need child.

To request HCF, an LEA must submit a High Cost Fund application through the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) APEX application during the HCF application window for that year.

Additional information concerning High Cost Funds can be found in the Texas High Cost Fund (HCF) State Plan.


Contact Information

High Cost Funds Team | (512) 463-9414  | hcf@tea.texas.gov
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