What are all these fees?

Senior Lillibeth Renteria is paying her fees to the cashier.

Senior Lillibeth Renteria is paying her fees to the cashier.

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Morton East High School has many types of fees, from late registration, to Wi-Fi fees, and all students want to know is “Why do we have to pay them?”  

The majority of students are concerned on all the fees the school requires, and the students want to know if the fees benefit them. After getting information from Morton’s website, students are able to see how much these fees cost and when the due dates are. What most students don’t know is that the regular registration fee, of $180, is waived for students with free or reduced lunch. This helps the low-income families that are struggling to pay these fees. If registration is not done by the end of June, students will be charged a late fee of $50. If students have not paid their fees by November 1, students will be charged an additional $50 late fee.  The purpose of these fees is to pay for Xerox papers, online books for students, calculators for PSAT testing, and resources students need throughout the school year.  The technology fee of $55 goes to the hotspots placed in every classroom and insurance for the laptops, since every student as of now, has a laptop. A survey taken at Morton East High school of sophomores, juniors and seniors asked, “Have you paid for fees? Yes or No?”, 47% of students said that all of their fees were paid off and 53% said they have not paid their fees. This shows that majority of students are not aware when all fees are required to be paid off by.  

“Late fees are pricey. If the price is too low, parents will not pay. We increase the price to get people’s attention and encourage families to register in the summer and not on the first day of school, to not wait until the last minute,” assistant principle Dr. Michael Parrie said.  

He explains that he and the school board try informing parents and students for registration by making posters and flyers, calling home (in Spanish and English) and posting about registration down at the Cicero Town Hall.  

“We start informing students about registration to avoid the fees. We do announcements during the morning in April, mailing home letters, phone calls in English and Spanish, and its online on the Morton website,” Dr. Parrie says, informing us. 

This is all to avoid late registration and the late registration fees. He doesn’t want students to make it a habit the four years they are in this school. He wants them to pay the late fees and the school does everything they can do to prevent this.  

Some of our students gave their thoughts on the fees and some were quite interesting. 

“It’s dumb to make kids pay for something that is meant to be free. Some things are unreasonable such as the temporary ID, which is only meant for a day,” senior Claudia Deltoro said. 

Senior Alejandro Salinas knows how Deltoro feels about the school fees.  

“The school fees are unnecessary. Especially the senior fees such as the cap and gown or the fees you needed to pay from the years past and how all of a sudden you can’t graduate unless you pay them,” Salinas said.  

Although the money from the fees are meant for educational purposes, others tend to disagree. 

“You really don’t see the money go for the school. I feel like the money could be used for better things like improving the school,” Deltoro said. 

Even past generations agree with how these students are feeling. Morton East graduate Sarah Rebolledo agrees with Deltoro when it comes to how the school uses the money.  

“It’s not meant for educational purposes because I believe the school is using the money for “dumb” reasons such as the bathrooms. I feel like they should’ve prioritized air conditioning before the bathrooms that didn’t absolutely need to get refurbished,” Rebolledo said.  

Most students are unaware of where the money from these fees are being distributed. 

“It probably goes to fund school events or something. I’m not 100% sure where the money from the fees go, but I would like to know where my money is going,” Salinas said.  

Some students believe that the fees are prejudiced, not fair, to some students/families.

“Most students including myself feel that the fees are high and unfair and not all can afford it,” Junior Aaron Guerrero said.  

On the other hand, some students believe that the fees are pretty fair.  

“I think some fees are fair although I know it can be a problem for some families,” Junior Andrea Carlos Serabia said.  

“We’re not trying to make money off of the kids. The money goes to the school to help the students. We don’t use the money for our benefit,” Dr. Parrie said.  

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