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Grants paid by the Department of Education

The main source of school income for schools in the Free Education Scheme is grants payable to schools both on a per capita basis and for specific purposes.

Schools participating in the Free Education Scheme may not charge fees. Such schools receive Capitation grants. Schools which do not participate in the Free Education Scheme charge tuition fees which represent their main source of income. Many grants, such as the capitation and support services grants, are issued to schools on a per capita basis. These allocations are based on the Annual Enrolment Returns submitted each year by schools.

Many of the grants received by schools go into the general school fund to pay for school expenses. However, some grants and income received may only be used for specific purposes and these specific grants are dealt below.