Book Rental & Fees

Carmel Clay Schools’ book rental function is coordinated by Diane Todd, Accounting Assistant (extension 1039). Contact your school’s secretary or Diane if you have any questions. Answers to some frequently asked questions are below:

What are the textbook rental rates and fees for elementary students?

2018 - 2019 Elementary Textbook Rental Rates


Textbook Rental




$ 89.59

$ 37.08

$ 126.67

First Grade

$ 123.39

$ 43.32

$ 166.71

Second Grade

$ 120.74

$ 40.90

$ 161.64

Third Grade

$ 121.79

$ 40.45

$ 162.24

Fourth Grade

$ 119.10

$ 48.42

$ 167.52

Fifth Grade

$ 125.50

$ 48.47

$ 173.97

Early Childhood


$ 92.98

$ 92.98

Life Skills


$ 120.00

$ 120.00

FAP K-1-2-3-4-5

$ 48.26


$ 48.26

What are the textbook rental rates and fees for middle and high school students?

Middle school and high school textbook rental rates and fees vary on the classes taken by each student.

When is book rental due?


Online statements available

Payments due


September 12, 2018

November 12, 2018


September 12, 2018

November 12, 2018


September 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

Does the textbook rental rate and fee cover the whole school year?
Yes. You only pay the textbook rental rate and fee once per school year.

Textbook Assistance

If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you are also eligible for free textbooks. You must file for textbook assistance at the time of enrollment. You must reapply for this program each school year that you are interested in textbook assistance at the following website:

I plan to move to Carmel after the start of the school year. Are the fees the same?

Book rental may be prorated depending on the date your student enrolls in our district. Contact your school for more information.

What if my child loses a textbook?

Replacement books are available, but you will be charged the full replacement price of any book(s) lost or damaged to the point that it cannot be used.

What if I don’t pay the book rental fee?

Your school will follow up with families whose book rental fee remains unpaid. Carmel Clay Schools works with Statewide Credit Association to assist with collection of book rental fees that are not received.

Why are rental fees charged for textbooks in the State of Indiana?

The Textbook Rental Fee is established within the Indiana Code (IC 20-26-12). Like the vast majority of school districts in our state, Carmel Clay Schools chooses to use this funding mechanism instead of utilizing General Fund dollars. Carmel Clay Schools believes that our students are best served by using the General Fund to pay for hiring teachers and providing instructional support. 

How are textbooks selected?

Like every other school district in the State of Indiana, Carmel Clay Schools has a textbook adoption process in place to make sure that we select quality instructional materials every six years from the adoption list prepared by the Indiana Department of Education. Districts must choose materials from this list (or the state continued use list) or submit a waiver by June 1 for approval to use materials not on the state adoption list.

A committee of parents, teachers, administrators, and students meet monthly throughout the school year to examine materials and make their final recommendation to the superintendent and school board. After the school board approves the textbook selections, book rental fees are established accordingly.