Is it permissible to charge an application fee for families applying to an Islamic school?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from United States, in:
Religious Authority: 
Faraz Fareed Rabbani
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
Is it permissible to charge an application fee for families applying to an Islamic school?
Websites and Institutions: 
Sunni Path, (New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.)

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.