School Fees

Ensuring a quality Catholic education is affordable and accessible for children


There are three levels of annual fees, billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3:

  • Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Education Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Education Office
  • School-based fees.

Discounts on Fees

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta are committed to providing an affordable quality Catholic education for families. We understand the financial demands placed on families and seek to keep the fees as low as possible. No child who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a families financial circumstances.

There are very significant discounts for the second (25% reduction) and third (50% reduction) children enrolled from the one family. There are no fees for the fourth and subsequent children.

If you have children in other Diocesan schools, please click on the Sibling Discount Applicable Schools attachment to see if a discount will be automatically applied.

If any of your children a school listed where a sibling advice notice is required please complete and return the Sibling Registration for Diocesan Tuition Fees form.

Please note that for automatic discounts to apply the residential address on each enrolment form must be the same. It is up to parents to advise schools of other siblings in order to receive the discount. Please note that discounts are not backdated.



Flexible Payment Options

There are a range of options available to assist families WITH THE PAYMENT OF FEES.

No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.

 


Diocesan Fees

To work out how much the fee is for each child, check the table below.

2017 ANNUAL FEES Note: no charge
for 4th+ children
1st
Child 100%
2nd
Child 75%
3rd
Child 50%
Tuition Fee Primary Kindergarten $ 1,131 $ 849 $ 567
Years 1 – 6 $ 1,461 $ 1,095 $ 732
Tuition Fee Secondary Years 7 – 8 $ 2,028 $ 1,521 $ 1,014
Years 9 – 10 $ 2,250 $ 1,689 $ 1,125
Years 11 – 12 $ 2,874 $ 2,157 $ 1,437
Building Levy One Levy per Family $ 756
Temporary Residents Years K-12 $ 1,869 $ 1,869 $ 1,869

Please note that a term’s notice in writing must be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable.

Diocesan Building Levy

The Diocesan Building Levy enables us, through our capital works program, to meet the demand for new schools and new classes in high growth areas, and to continue to maintain all schools to a high standard. All families with one or more children in a Parramatta Diocesan school (or at St Dominic's College Kingswood) are required to pay the annual Diocese of Parramatta Diocesan Building Levy.

 

Diocesan Education Fee Temporary Residents (DEFTR)

The DEFTR is payable per each new student on the following visa numbers:
173, 401, 402, 411, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 426, 427, 428, 442, 456, 457, 459, 462, 476, 485, 497, 580, 600, 601, 651, 675, 676, 679, 685, 884, 944, 956, 976 and 977 including where any of these are the preceding visas for families on bridging visas 010 to 090.

 


School-Based Fees

Each school also charges fees that go toward resources that may include excursions, cost of buses, photocopying, utilities, maintenance of buildings and grounds, camps and reflection days.


School-Based Fees per Year
Resource & Subject Fees Yr7-10 (per student) $924.00
Resource & Subject Fees Yr11-12 (per student) $693.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr7 (per student) $219.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr8 (per student) $186.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr9 (per student) $165.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr10 (per student) $240.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr11 (per student) $150.00
Compulsory Activities Fee Yr12 (per student) $120.00
Camp Fee Yr7 (per student) $339.00
Retreat Fee Yr11 (per student) $201.00
Family Contribution (per family) $192.00
Trade Training Centre Levy (as applicable) $498.00
Trade Training Centre Year 11 Tutorial Booklets $52.00
VET Retail $66.00
VET Food & Beverage $162.00

Resource & Subject Fee

This fee helps meet the costs of administration of the school and the provision of resources for use by students and includes. These are billed in Terms 1-3.

  • Provision and support for the school’s Information Technology resources including computers, software, license fees, internet, updating network infrastructure equipment, network management and maintenance and other technology for the use in a variety of subjects.
  • Paper, printing, stationery and mailing costs.
  • Provision of text books and resources for temporary use by students.
  • School newsletter and other school publications.
  • Resources/equipment acquired by the school for use by teachers and students (eg. Library, sport, various equipment and curriculum resources).
  • Diary for each student.
  • eBooks for each student (Yrs7-10).
  • Provision of careers’ advice and resources to students.
  • Implementation of school-based Pastoral Care programs for students.
  • Australasian Schools’ Competition costs for various subjects & year groups.
  • Maintenance and replacement of classroom furniture.
  • Student I.D cards.
  • Provision of the school’s Pastoral Care Program.

Compulsory Activities Fee

The fees are associated with the costs for students attending subject excursions, pastoral days and other school approved excursions/incursions for the whole year group. Activities for smaller subject groups are additional to the fees already outlined. These are billed in Terms 1-3.

Note: Yr7 & Yr11 Retreats/Camps are billed separately.

Family Contribution

The Family Contribution Levy is the sole means of fundraising and is charged per family. This is billed in Terms 1-3.

Trade Training Centre Levy

An additional fee for purchase of resource and equipment that must meet industry requirements for the delivery of training in competencies and costs associated with the maintenance or replacement of equipment. This is billed in Terms 1-3.

Subject Fees

VET Retail, VET Food & Beverage are billed in Terms 1-3.  TTC Yr11 Tutorial Books are billed in Term 1. These fees do not include excursions costs that may be incurred as a result of these subjects.

Note: All fees are subject to change for the 2018 school year



Payment of Fees

Itemised accounts are sent out three times a year, at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3, and payment is due within 30 days.  Prompt attention to these accounts would be appreciated. The Flexible Payment Plan is offered as an alternative for families to pay their annual fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a six month period from March to August.  Any application for special consideration, for example, payment by instalments throughout the year, needs to be approved by the Principal.  This can be done by telephone, in writing, or by arranging an interview, or by informing the Finance Secretary.

It is appreciated that School Fees are a large outlay for each family.  However, the Catholic system of schools can only survive because of the generous support of parents and we have an obligation to collect these fees, to ensure that the costs involved are met adequately.

Payments of fees can be made via the Payment Envelope System and the facilities we have for payment of fees is:

  • Australia Post BPay
  • BPay
  • Cash
  • Cheque or Money Order
  • Credit Card
  • Eftpos
  • Direct Debit

When fees or other payments are sent to the school with students, please ensure they are in a sealed envelope which is clearly marked with the student’s name, Tutor Group and the purpose of the payment.  This envelope should then be handed into the office as soon as the student arrives at school.  Envelopes are available at the office for this purpose.



Further information

If you require any further information concerning school fees please contact McCarthy College by email or phone on 4735 3211 weekdays between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm.