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Tips to Off-Set Extracurricular Fees


From 2015-2016, there was a 10% increase in combined extracurricular and college prep activity costs. Here are some tips to help off-set those costs:

According to Huntington Backpack Index, for supplies and extracurriculur fees for the 2016-2017 school year, parents can expect to pay per child:

  • $659 for elementary school children, a 1.5% increase compared to 2015.
  • $957 for middle school children, a 1.6% increase compared to 2015.
  • $1,498 for high school students, a 6.8% increase compared to 2015.

Back-to-school costs continue to climb due to the spike in extracurricular activity fees, despite the slight decrease for classroom supplies. From 2015 to 2016, high school supply costs decreased 1.8%, while there was a 10% increase in combined extracurricular and college prep activity costs, primarily due to increasing sports participation fees.

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In The U.S.