How To Refinance Your Charter School Facility

by Elise Balboni

Refinancing charter school facilities debt is characterized by many of the same challenges facing charter school operators in initially securing financing for their facilities, including lack of taxing authority, limited public capital funds to pay for facilities, and inequities in operating funding. Moreover, charter schools are educational institutions, often lacking real estate development and finance capacity. Yet, unlike traditional public schools, charter schools are tasked with developing and financing their facilities from these discounted public funding sources. These challenges comprise the facilities burden for charter schools. This guide, and the toolkit below, are designed to help you save money by refinancing your school building.


Use This Toolkit to Run Your Numbers

This toolkit will help you gather and organize all the information you need to help you spend more money in the classroom, not on the classroom. It covers everything from assembling your team, a due diligence checklist, detailed pro formas, a cash flow projection, and more!

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100% ($115,000.00) of this project was funded by Federal CSP Grant dollars; 0% ($0.00) of this report/event is funded by non-governmental sources; total cost $115,000.00.


Authorized by title V, part B, subpart 1 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, Public Law 114-95), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the federal Charter School Program (CSP) provides funding to State Entities with the purpose “to expand opportunities for all students, particularly traditionally underserved students, to attend public charter schools and meet challenging State academic standards; provide financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools; increase the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the United States; evaluate the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families, and communities; share best practices between charter schools and other public schools; encourage States to provide facilities support to charter schools; and support efforts to strengthen the charter school authorizing process.”