Transportation Fee & Financial Assistance

Transportation Fee Overview

Before you pay, you must first register your student for the bus.

All Needham resident families must register their student for the bus, regardless of mileage from school, age or fee status.   Boston-resident students participating in the METCO program must register for the bus through the METCO Program Office.  Students on IEPs who receive transportation as a related service on their IEP will be assigned transportation by the Special Education Office.

If you have partially registered and are returning to the system to pay your child’s fee, please click this link to pay online. Payment also may be made by mail or in person to the Needham Public School Transportation Office. 

The 2022-23 fee for school bus transportation is $415. Payment is due by May 19, 2022A $50 fee will be assessed after May 19, 2022, after which time the bus fee will increase to $465.  A payment and registration will be considered “on time” if it is made online on or before May 19, 2022, postmarked by May 19, 2022, or received by the Transportation Office before the due date. The bus fee will be prorated for students who enroll for the bus after December 1 of each school year. 

There is an $840 family cap in place for families with three or more students (increasing to $940 after May 19, 2022.)   

Financial assistance is available for families who qualify under income guidelines, and children eligible for free/reduced lunch do not pay a fee.  Please see below for more information. 

Unfortunately, refunds are provided only under the following circumstances:
Withdrawal before the May 19, 2022 due date (full refund.)
Families move out of Needham (prorated refund)
Student becomes eligible for free transportation based on mileage and grade (prorated refund)
A child is approved for special education transportation through the Student Services Office (prorated refund.) 

We regret that we are unable to refund a fee for other circumstances. 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for families who qualify under the income guidelines below.  These guidelines are based on the 2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia (published below.) 

Student Fee of $0 - Assessed to students who are determined to be eligible for free/reduced lunch.   Please complete an application for free/reduced lunch at this link, including the form which indicates your consent to sharing eligibility status with the Transportation program, and return to the Nutrition Services Department for processing.

Family Fee of $25 - Families whose income is less than twice the federal poverty guideline for their family size will pay a flat fee of $25 per family for all student riders. As an example, if a family of three has an annual income of $25,000, the family will pay a $25 family fee because that income is less than the 2x guideline amount for a family of three, $46,060 (or $23,030 x 2.)  Families seeking financial assistance should complete the application available at this link and return it to the Transportation Office.

Prorated Student Fee - Families whose annual income falls between two and four times the federal poverty guidelines will be assessed a prorated fee per child based on the ratio of family income to the 2x poverty threshold for the applicable family size.  As an example, if a family of three has an annual income of $50,000, the student will pay a fee of $35.50 because the family's income is 108.55% of the 2x poverty level of $46,060.  The prorated fee is therefore calculated as:  $415 x 0.0855, or $35.50 per student.  (Please note that the fee increases to $465 after the due date.).  In another example, if the family's income is $93,000, the family would pay the full fee of $415/student, because the income exceeds the 4x threshold of $92,120.  At no time will a family of riders pay a combined total of less than $25, based upon this calculation. 

2022 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous
State and District of Columbia
Persons/ Family  Poverty  Guideline Guideline
or Household  Guideline  x2 x4
1                13,590                 27,180                 54,360 
2                18,310                 36,620                 73,240 
3                23,030                 46,060                 92,120 
4                27,750                 55,500               111,000 
5                32,470                 64,940               129,880 
6                37,190                 74,380               148,760 
7                41,910                 83,820               167,640 
8                46,630                 93,260               186,520 
For families/ households with more than 8 persons, add $4,720 for each additional person

Full Fee - Families whose annual income equals or exceeds four times the federal poverty guideline for their family size will pay the full transportation fee per child.

Family Cap of $840 - The total amount of fees a family will pay is capped at $840.

To apply for financial assistance, please complete the financial assistance form, and return the form, along with the applicable payment, to the Transportation Office at 1330 Highland Avenue, Needham MA 02492 via mail or in person.  

Please note that families should complete and return the financial assistance form to the Transportation Office prior to registering their child(ren) for the bus.

If you have questions about applying for financial assistance, or need assistance, please contact the Transportation Office at 781-455-0400 x11242 or email [email protected].  
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