Fees & Levies
WHAT DOES IT COST TO SEND MY CHILD TO ST COLMAN’S?
It is compulsory for Catholic Schools to supplement Commonwealth and State Grants as part of the General Recurrent cost incurred in the running of the school. Therefore, it is necessary to have school fees and student fees as well as fund-raising efforts to raise money on the local level. It is important to stress that no student will be excluded because of an inability to pay fees. In these cases a suitable fee structure will be negotiated with the Principal.
However, it is the expectation that all families make every effort to meet their financial commitments. It is a matter of justice to all students and families that the financial burden is equally distributed.
Our school fees include camps, excursions, stationery, books, computers and art supplies. The only additional costs are uniforms, lunch orders and casual days. This means that parents do not need to pay for additional items throughout the year.
The school fees for 2023 are as follows:
- Family and Capital Fee $1,300 per family
- Book and Stationery Levy $220 per child
- Camps and Excursions - starting at $60 for Foundation, Year 1 and 2 students, $200 for Year 3 and 4 students and up to $290 for Year 5 and 6 students
This equates to approximately $30 dollars per week for a student in Foundation to Year 2. If there are more than one child in the family it becomes cheaper again.
FAMILY FEE ASSISTANCE SCHEME
The Diocese of Ballarat, through the Catholic Education Office, offers a Family Fee Assistance Scheme to assist families to send their children to Catholic primary schools.
The scheme is available to families eligible for a means tested Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Pensioner Card. This scheme reduces the cost of the Family Fee to a maximum of $520 per year. The Book and Stationery Levy and the Camps and Excursions Levy are then added to the school fee account to give a total fee amount for the year.
Catholic schools have always welcomed families of all financial means. We hope that this scheme will make sending your child to a Catholic school even more affordable.
Fee accounts are issued once per term. Fees may be paid each week, fortnight, month, term, half-yearly or annually. Fees may be paid via Direct Debit, cash or by cheque.