The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


A basic and high school continuation program shall be provided as an opportunity for anyone over compulsory school age who is not attending high school in this District. Program procedures are contained in the Adult and Career Technical Education Procedures Handbook.

GED Eligibility

A person who is not at least eighteen (18) years of age may be permitted to take the General Educational Development (GED) tests upon submission of a statement of justification recommended by the Superintendent. The statement of justification shall be based on at least one of the following circumstances:

 A.The candidate justifies a need to be employed that would prevent school attendance.

 B.The candidate is a parent who does not have access to child care.

 C.The candidate justifies health condition(s) that would prevent school attendance.

 D.The candidate desires to enter a vocational program, a college or university or military service.

Postsecondary Programs and Fees

A fee schedule shall be established for students enrolled in adult basic, adult secondary, career technical certificate education, or other adult programs, who are reported for funding through the Workforce Development Education Fund. The Florida legislature annually establishes fees for the adult and career technical education program in accordance with the General Appropriations Act. In addition, provisions are made in this policy for financial aid and fee/tuition waivers, disposition of funds collected, community-based organizations, self-supporting classes, private sector instruction, special textbook or supply items, and capital improvements, technology enhancements or equipping buildings.

Adult and vocational education services are provided to adults in the following areas:

 A.Adult General Education (Adult Secondary and Adult Basic Education)

  1.Students who demonstrate functional literacy skills at/or below the eighth grade level and are studying to achieve literacy.
   Tuition is charged to this category of students.

  2.Students earning credit required for a high school diploma and/or preparing for the Test of General Educational Development (GED).
   Tuition is charged to this category of students.

  3.Students who have a high school diploma and demonstrate functional literacy skills at/or above the ninth grade level require specific improvement of academic or learning skills before pursuing post-secondary education goals to obtain or maintain employment, or to benefit from postsecondary adult vocational education programs.
   Students in this category pay fees as established by the General Appropriations Act. Additionally, the School Board may charge any additional fees authorized by Florida law or State Board of Education Administrative rule.

  4.No fees are charged to students who are fee exempt based on State law.
   Students not counted for funding purposes will be assessed fees equal to, but not exceeding, the cost of providing such programs.

 B.Career Technical Education

  1.Students enrolled as postsecondary adult vocational certificate pay fees as established by the General Appropriations Act. Additionally, the Board may charge any additional fees authorized by Florida statute or State Board of Education Administrative rule.

  2.Students taking adult postsecondary vocational courses for personal or hobby use will pay fees equal to, but not exceeding, the cost of providing such programs.

  3.No fees are charged to students who are fee exempt based on State law.

Career Technical Education services provided to students classified as non-resident for tuition purposes as defined in State statute pay fees accordingly.

Financial Aid and Fee/Tuition Waivers

 A.Financial Aid
  A fee may be assessed to postsecondary adult vocational and adult secondary students to pay in full or in part, the fees of eligible postsecondary adult vocational certificate and adult secondary students with demonstrated financial need. Each center will maintain documentation as required by State Board of Education Administrative Rule.
  Students in COE accredited centers when eligible may utilize financial aid from Federal or State assistance programs. Financial aid information is available through the area technical center counseling offices.

 B.Fee/Tuition Waivers
  Fee/Tuition waivers may be granted by the principal or designee when necessary to assure an education opportunity for students who have financial needs which cannot be met by existing sources of student financial aid and as authorized by law or rules of the State Board of Education. No fee waivers are allowed for students taking adult vocational classes for strictly personal or hobby use and students identified above.
  School Operations will allocate such fee waivers as may be available based upon need and requests of the various adult and area technical centers. Allocations will be made for each fiscal year and when depleted no additional waivers will be granted unless additional funds become available. Annual allocations may not exceed the maximum established annually in the General Appropriations Act.
  Each center receiving a fee waiver allocation shall maintain complete documentation as required for each waiver issued.

  The Board may establish scholarship funds using donations to help students who need financial assistance to pay fees, who are enrolled in adult secondary, adult life-long learning, and postsecondary adult vocational education programs.

 D.Deferred Fees/Installment Payments

  1.Deferred Fees
   Fees for students qualifying for and receiving grants, loans, or scholarships or for whom fees are being paid on their behalf by an employer, association, or governmental agency may be deferred. Students for whom or from whom deferred fees have not been collected by the end of the trimester in which they registered will not be allowed to register for subsequent courses until all financial obligations have been met.

  2.Installment Payments
   Students in need of installment payments may pay fees for regular courses through an installment payment schedule if they register before the beginning of the course, before the trimester or within twenty-one (21) calendar days of the beginning of the term.
   At least 1/3 of the fee must be paid at the time of registration. All fees must be paid no later than the end of the sixth week in the trimester. Fees must be paid in one lump sum when students register on or after twenty-two (22) calendar days after the course or trimester has begun.

Disposition of Fees Collected

 A.All tuition collected will be forwarded to Treasury Management.

 B.All other monies collected at adult education centers shall be properly receipted and deposited directly into the center's internal funds.

Community Based Non-Profit Organizations (CBOs), Public Agencies, and Private Businesses

The District may enter into affiliating agreements with community-based non-profit organizations (CBOs), public agencies, and private businesses that may wish to provide unique classroom or laboratory instruction that will significantly enhance the employment opportunities of students enrolled in these programs.

Private Sector Instruction

Private businesses/agencies may request adult vocational or basic education classes that qualify for Workforce Development Education Funds but do not have sufficient enrollment to support the class/program. The District may cooperate with these businesses/agencies through an agreement approved by the Superintendent where the business/agency will pay the difference between projected workforce Development Education Funds earned and the actual program cost. All other fees applicable in this policy shall be contracted prior to the operation of such a class/program.

Self-Supporting Classes

Students enrolling in non-reimbursed classes will pay a fee to cover the cost of instruction. The amount will be variable depending on the expense for offering the course. In all instances, the salaries, fringe benefits, and supplies furnished will be included in the costs.

The Superintendent shall develop and implement administrative procedures to make schools available to citizens of the District for these purposes and to implement this policy.

F.S. 1003.435, 1004.93, 1004.94

Revised 8/6/14

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