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 3.5% for the 2019 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:
- Tuition Fees;
- Primary School SEDSO Building & Maintenance Levy OR Secondary School Building Contribution Levy;
- School Resource Fees set by each school.
1) TUITION FEES
PRIMARY TUITION FEES 2019
Kindergarten - Year 6 $1,645 per annum, per family
SECONDARY TUITION FEES 2019
Years 7 - 8 $1,790 per student
Years 9 - 10 $1,933 per student
Years 11 - 12 $2,403 per student
SIBLING DISCOUNTS (SECONDARY)
2nd child: 25% discount
3rd child: 50% discount
4th child+: 100% discount
2) ANNUAL BUILDING CONTRIBUTIONS 2019
The Parish School Enhancement and Debt Servicing Obligation (SEDSO) is the annual building and maintenance levy for Catholic primary schools. Bishop Mascord has approved a recommendation from the Parish Central SEDSO Council to raise the SEDSO levy for 2019 to $980 per family.
The Secondary Building Contribution Levy is determined annually and income from the levy contributes to the capital and maintenance costs of secondary school buildings and facilities. For 2019, the Secondary Building Contribution Levy is $946 per student, per annum.
A 50% sibling discount on the Building 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 contribution 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 Diocesan School Fee Management Policy and individual school fee documents on each schools 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 School Fee Agreement to advise the school of their intended payment option. These agreements will be available each year with the annual fee invoice/statement or upon request from the school office.
Payment methods include BPay, Direct Debit, Centrepay, Credit Card, Cash, Cheque and EFTPOS.
Payments can be arranged on weekly, fortnightly or monthly schedules at no extra cost. Access our school fee calculator to assist in determining the various repayment amounts.
FEE CONCESSIONS - FAMILIES IN 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 Diocesan School Fee Management Policy.
Contact FOR INFORMATION ON SCHOOL FEES
Manager - School Fees Liaison
Finance, Facilities, ICLT & Planning
Ph: (02) 4253 0977