School Fees 2021

 

MEASURES TO SUPPORT FAMILIES THROUGH THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) is conscious of the significant financial impact many of our families may be experiencing as a result of COVID-19. In order to support our Catholic school communities at this time, we are taking the following measures:

1. PROVIDING FAMILIES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY FOR FEE CONCESSIONS RELATED SPECIFICALLY TO COVID-19

CEDoW is providing an opportunity for families to apply for fee concessions related specifically to COVID-19 (applicable to 2021 fees). For more information, please download the COVID-19 Fee Concession Frequently Asked Questions.

To apply for fee concession, families should complete the COVID-19 Fee Concession Application Form and email the request to COVID19FeeConcession@dow.catholic.edu.au

download with padding5 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM (ALTERNATIVELY, YOU CAN PICK UP A PHYSICAL COPY FROM YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL, COMPLETE THE FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE)


2. PROVIDING FAMILIES WITH THE OPTION TO DEFER SCHOOL FEE PAYMENTS

Upon request families can defer payment of all school fees for an initial period of four months.

To access this deferment, families should complete a Request to Defer Payment of School Fees Form and email the request to deferpayments@dow.catholic.edu.au

download with padding5 Click here to download the form (alternatively, you CAN pick up a physical copy from your local school, complete the form and return it to the school office)

Receipt of all requests for deferred payment will be acknowledged by the School Fees Liaison Office at the Catholic Education Office.

For Direct Debit Authorities and Centrepay Authorities, we will take action to suspend payments as soon as possible. In the case of payments made by BPAY, once acknowledgement has been made regarding the receipt of the Request for Deferment of School Fees, families may take immediate action to stop payments being made from their bank account.

Continuation of this measure will be reviewed in the coming months and we will keep you informed.


3. CANCELLATION OF EXCURSIONS, SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

For any cancelled excursions, school activities or events, we will apply any payment(s) received as an adjustment to school fee accounts.


4. APPLICATION FOR FEE CONCESSION DUE TO FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

Please be aware that in cases of ongoing financial hardship, families are able to access assistance via an Application for Fee Concession with supporting documentation. Families are encouraged to contact their school and complete this application if they need further support.
 


General School Fees Information

After careful consideration and consultation, Bishop Brian Mascord has approved a recommendation from the Director of Schools to increase Primary and Secondary tuition fees by 2% for the 2021 school year. This moderate increase has been applied in line with annual cost increases due to inflation and rises in educational costs.

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  1. Tuition Fees;
  2. Primary School SEDSO Building Levy OR Secondary School Building Fund Levy; and
  3. School Resource Fees set by each school.
     

Diocesan Fee Management Policies

download with padding5  Download the Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (Primary Schools)
download with padding5  DOWNLOAD THE DIOCESAN SCHOOL FEE MANAGEMENT POLICy (Secondary Schools)
download with padding5  DOWNLOAD THE DIOCESAN SCHOOL FEE MANAGEMENT POLICY (K-12 SCHOOL - St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park)
 

DIOCESAN School FEEs Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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FEES

1) TUITION FEES

PRIMARY school TUITION FEES 2021

Kindergarten - Year 6      $1,712 per annum, per family

SECONDARY school TUITION FEES 2021

Years 7 - 8     $1,863 per annum, per student 
Years 9 - 10    $2,011 per annum, per student
Years 11 - 12    $2,500 per annum, per student

K-12 school TUITION FEES 2021

Kindergarten - Year 6     $1,352 per annum, per student
Years 7 - 8    $1,863 per annum, per student
Years 9 - 10    $2,011 per annum, per student
Years 11 - 12    $2,500 per annum, per student

SIBLING DISCOUNTS (secondary and K-12 schools)

2nd child:  25% discount
3rd child:  50% discount
4th child+:  100% discount
  

2) ANNUAL BUILDING FUND LEVY 2021 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

The Parish School Enhancement and Debt Servicing Obligation (SEDSO) is the annual building levy for Catholic primary schools. Bishop Mascord has approved a recommendation from the Parish Central SEDSO Council to raise the SEDSO levy for 2021 to $1,076 per family.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The Secondary Building Fund Levy is determined annually and income from the levy is allocated to the capital and maintenance costs of secondary school buildings and facilities. For 2021, the Secondary Building Fund Levy is $1,043 per student, per annum.

A 50% sibling discount on the Building Fund Levy applies for the 2nd child enrolled in the school and a full 100% sibling discount on the Building Levy applies for the 3rd (and for any additional children). Sibling discounts do not apply across schools. Please note that families enrolling a child in a systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong are still required to pay the full building fund levy even if they have another child enrolled at a non-systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong or a child in any Catholic school in another diocese.

K-12 SCHOOLS

The K-12 Building Fund Levy is determined annually and income from the levy is allocated to the capital and maintenance costs of secondary school buildings and facilities. For 2021, the Secondary Building Fund Levy is $1,043 per student, per annum.

A 75% sibling discount on the Building Fund Levy applies for the 2nd child enrolled in the school and a full 100% sibling discount on the Building Levy applies for the 3rd (and for any additional children). Sibling discounts do not apply across schools. Please note that families enrolling a child in a systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong are still required to pay the full building fund levy even if they have another child enrolled at a non-systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong or a child in any Catholic school in another diocese.

 

3) SCHOOL-BASED FEES

School-based resource fees are specific to individual schools. For details please refer to the relevant Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (Primary Schools) or Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (Secondary Schools) or Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (K-12 School), and the individual school fee information listed on the school's website.

 

SCHOOL FEE PAYMENT

School fees are due thirty (30) days after annual accounts are issued, however schools offer a variety of methods of payment and flexible repayment terms to provide families with support to meet their commitments. To facilitate this flexibility, families are asked to complete a Diocesan Request to Pay School Fees by Instalment (Primary Schools) or Diocesan School Fee Agreement (Secondary and K-12 Schools) to advise the school of their intended payment option. These forms are available from the school office.

Payment methods include BPAY, Direct Debit, Centrepay, Credit Card, Cash, Cheque and EFTPOS. Primary school parents may also access their Compass Parent Portal to make payments.

download with padding5  DOWNLOAD DIOCESAN Request to Pay School Fees by Instalment (Primary Schools)
download with padding5  DOWNLOAD DIOCESAn school fee agreement (Secondary and K-12 Schools)
Gold link icon 5px padding   access OUR SCHOOL FEE CALCULATOR (For Secondary and K-12 Schools Only)

 

FEE CONCESSIONS - FAMILIES EXPERIENCING GENUINE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP

While enrolment carries an obligation to pay all school fees and levies, Catholic Social Teaching and the Gospel imperative of a ‘preferential option for the poor’ means that our practice in the Diocese of Wollongong has always been to find a place for families who support its Catholic ethos and are seeking a Catholic education for their child. Families experiencing genuine financial hardship are eligible for assistance via fee concessions.

Our working definition of genuine financial hardship is: a situation where a family is unable, reasonably, because of illness, unemployment or other reasonable cause, to discharge their financial obligations to pay school fees, rather than an unwillingness or reluctance to do so. Financial hardship can be of limited or long term duration.

A parent/carer experiencing genuine financial hardship and who is unable to pay school fees is urged to approach the principal, who will respond to their situation with care and sensitivity. Early communication with the school regarding a family's financial situation is essential. Please be assured that your situation will be treated with absolute discretion and confidentiality and an appropriate fee concession arrangement may be made with you.

Please note, no student will be denied a Catholic education because of a family's genuine financial hardship.

Further details regarding fee concession arrangements are included in the relevant Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (Primary Schools)Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (Secondary Schools) and Diocesan School Fee Management Policy (K-12 School).  
 

Contact FOR INFORMATION ON SCHOOL FEES 

Manager - School Fees Liaison
Finance, Facilities, ICLT & Planning
SFLO@dow.catholic.edu.au
Ph: (02) 4253 0800