Aid in Lieu of Transportation

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for aid in lieu of transportation, non public school students must:

  1. Reside in a district which provides transportation to and from school for remote public school students.
    EXCEPTION: Nonpublic school transportation services are not required when the only transportation provided by the local board of education is for students attending special education, vocational/technical, or other specialized programs.
  2. Reside remote from their school of attendance.The words, “remote from the schoolhouse” shall mean beyond two and one-half (2 ½) miles for high school students and beyond two (2) miles for elementary students, except for handicapped students. (NJAC 6A:27-1.2)
  3. Attend a private school located in New Jersey twenty (20) miles or less from their residence.
  4. Attend a nonprofit private school.
  5. Meet the age requirement of their resident district and be enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12.

NON PUBLIC SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the obligation of the non public school to:

  1. Obtain the “Application for Private School Transportation” (B6T) forms from the public school district in which the nonpublic school is located.
  2. Supply applications (B6T) to the parents/guardians of the students upon registration in the nonpublic school.
  3. Annually collect the applications for transportation (B6T) and submit them to the Commission within 30 days of the student’s registration in the nonpublic school or by March 15th of the school year preceding the year for which transportation is being requested. Late applications shall be forwarded to the Commission upon receipt.
  4. Certify on forms (B8T) prescribed by the Commissioner of Education that the named students were enrolled for the first and second semesters of the academic year. The forms (B8T) shall be returned to the Commission as prescribed by the Commission.
  5. Submit the school calendar to the Commission by May 15th preceding the school year for which transportation is being requested.
  6. Immediately notify the Commission when a student eligible for transportation has a change in address or withdraws from the nonpublic school.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

It is the obligation of a parent/guardian to:

  1. Complete the “Application for Private School Transportation” (B6T) annually and submit it to the private school on or before March 10 preceding the school year for which transportation is being requested. Late applications: An application received after March 10 is a late application. Eligible students will receive transportation or aid in lieu of transportation based upon the date the application is received by the Commission. The Commission will notify the parent/guardian as to the determination of each application by August 1.
  2. Submit a signed “Request for Payment of Transportation Aid” (B7T) voucher upon the Commission request.

COMMISSION RESPONSIBILITIES

It is the obligation of the Commission to:

  1. Date stamp applications upon receipt and verify information.
  2. Prepare nonpublic school routes. Prior to making the determination to pay aid in lieu of transportation, the Commission shall advertise for bids.
  3. Notify parent/guardian as to the determination of each application by August 1st. If transportation will be provided, a bus pass will be used as notification to parent/guardian.
    Late Application: Any application received after March 15th is a late application. Eligible students are entitled to receive transportation or aid in lieu of transportation based upon the date the application is received by the Commission.
  4. Prepare the “Private School Transportation Summary” (B8T) and submit it to the private schools for January and May certifications.
  5. Send the “Request for Payment of Transportation Aid” (B7T) voucher to parent/guardian of eligible students for first and second semester aid of lieu of transportation payments.
    NOTE: The Commission is not required to pay aid in lieu of transportation when vouchers are not signed and returned by the parent/guardian before the end of the fiscal year.
    Payment is made after the voucher (B7T) is received for the semester.
    The first semester payment is paid in February and the second semester payment is paid in June.
    Local Boards of Education shall not expend more than the maximum per student amount in accordance with NJSA 18A:39-1.