Catholic schools receive funding from both state and federal governments as well as contributions from parents via the payment of school fees.
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.
Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees
Annual tuition fees for children attending Catholic systemic schools are set by Catholic Schools Broken Bay, 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.
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 $108 million. In 2019 each family K–12 will contribute $970 per annum as they did in 2018.
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.
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.
No student is denied enrolment in a Catholic school purely on the basis of a genuine inability to pay fees and other charges. Families experiencing genuine financial difficulties are supported with fee reductions and those in need are encouraged to contact their School Principal or Catholic Schools Broken Bay.