School Fees

Catholic schools receive funding from both state and federal governments as well as contributions from parents via the payment of school fees.

There are three levels of annual fees to be paid:

  • Diocesan Tuition Fees set by the Catholic Schools Office
  • Diocesan Building Levy set by the Catholic Schools Office
  • School-based charges set by each school

Catholic schools aim to keep their fees as low as possible and can provide flexible payment arrangements for families.

Catholic schools have a commitment to support Catholic families who wish to access schooling for their children. Importantly, no student who meets the enrolment criteria is denied enrolment in a Catholic school purely on the basis of a genuine inability to pay fees and other charges. 

The Commonwealth Australian Education Act 2013 includes 'Capacity to Contribute' rules which school systems must follow in relation to setting school fees.  As a result, in 2015 the Diocese of Broken Bay introduced differential categories of tuition fees determined by the socio-economic status (SES).  This fee policy setting continues in 2017.

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for children attending Catholic systemic schools are set by the Catholic Schools Office (CSO), who are committed to keeping fees to a minimum. Tuition fees represent the difference between government funding and the cost of educating children in Catholic schools.

Along with contributing to salary costs the tuition fee covers the cost of NAPLAN tests for students in Years 7 and 9, copyright fees, student accident insurance for school activities, internet access, download and network costs.

See fee schedule within  Frequently Asked Questions

Sibling Discount on Diocesan Tuition Fees

Discounts on tuition fees are provided for siblings. Fees for the first child are charged at 100 per cent, for the second child at 80 per cent, and the third child at 50 per cent. The fourth child and subsequent children attending systemic schools concurrently are exempt from tuition fees.

The first child is the child in the family who is in the most senior class of any systemic school in the Diocese of Broken Bay (some exceptions do apply, see below). Second and subsequent children are defined in descending order of class seniority of children attending any systemic Catholic School in the Diocese of Broken Bay.

The following schools are also included as “systemic” for the purposes of Tuition Fee discounting only (not applicable to family Building Levy):

  • St Edwards, East Gosford
  • Stella Maris, Manly
  • Marist Brothers, North Sydney

Students attending systemic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney, Diocese of Parramatta and the Diocese of Wollongong may also be eligible for sibling discounts on Tuition Fees (as above) and a reduction on the Diocese of Broken Bay Building Levy.

Diocesan Building Levy

A Diocesan School Building Levy is also charged to support the building of new schools and major renovation of existing schools. Most schools in the Diocese have loans needing to be serviced. The current level of this debt is $104 million. In 2017 each family K–12 will contribute $940 per annum to help service loans.

School-based Charges

In addition to fees and the building levy, school-based charges are set at the local level. Each school will set its own school-based charge to cover such items as excursions, retreats, sport and other school needs.

Payment Arrangements

School fees are billed on an annual basis with a third of the amount due payable at the beginning of school terms 1, 2 and 3. Families may also make arrangements with the individual school to pay fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly.  All schools have facilities for families to pay fees by BPay, EFTPOS, credit card (VISA and Master Card only), cheque or cash.

Financial Difficulty

No student is denied enrolment in a Catholic school purely on the basis of a genuine inability to pay fees and other charges. Principals have the discretion to reduce or waive tuition fees, building levies and other charges, in whole or part, for those families that can demonstrate they are experiencing genuine financial difficulties.