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Application fee for an Islamic school

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Is it permissible to charge an application fee for families applying to an Islamic school? It costs the school staff time and energy to review their application and yet it could be perceived by the applicant if their application is rejected that they did not receive a service “of value” in exchange for their fee.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and spirits.

There is nothing in itself wrong with charging fees for services–such the processing services related to school applications. At the same time, educational and community institutions should strive to achieve a balance between excellence of service and accessibility.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

This answer was indexed from Qibla.com, which used to have a repository of Islamic Q&A answered by various scholars. The website is no longer in existence. It has now been transformed into a learning portal with paid Islamic course offering under the brand of Kiflayn.

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