Funded: $470/yearly pass
- Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who reside at least 2.4 km from their designated neighbourhood school.
- Please note that for 2019-20, this fee is prorated to $282 and will take effect February 3rd, 2020.
Not Funded – Regular Program: $470/yearly pass
- Kindergarten to Grade 12 students who reside between 1.6 km and 2.4 km from their designated neighbourhood elementary or junior high school, and high school students attending IB or AP.
- Access to second bus fee is an additional $235/yearly pass.
- Family maximum is $1410 (family maximum based on 3 or more students).
Not Funded – Program of Choice/Standby: $500/yearly pass
- Kindergarten to Grade 12 students attending a school/program of choice.
- Access to second bus fee is an additional $250/yearly pass.
- Family maximum is not applicable.
- Replacement Pass: $15
- The full amount of the fee is due when the pass is issued.
- Exceptions due to financial hardship require approval by the Manager, Transportation Services. For information on waiving of fees due to financial hardship, please refer to our Student Transportation Administrative Regulation C-130-AR in our Policy Manual.
- Returned cheques will result in a $25 administration charge.
Understanding Transportation Fee Increases
A fee increase is required for a number of reasons.
- Government funding has been frozen at the same rate since 2012. In addition, the government eliminated the fuel contingency program in 2013.
- Carrier rates increase annually.
- The City of St. Albert is growing, as is the number of students in our school district. As the city expands and our ridership grows, so too does the complexity of our routes. The district strives to provide a high level of service based on maintaining reasonable ride times for students, while traffic in the city becomes more congested. This comes at a cost.
While we seek to run a very efficient transportation system and are always looking for ways to improve, the bottom line is that we have two sources of funding for transportation: provincial government grants and student bus fees. If transportation costs are not covered through these two sources, our only other option is to pull money from the classroom to subsidize busing. This is, clearly, not a desired solution, and therefore we do that to a limited degree and make the difficult decision to raise fees.