In order to provide a quality Catholic education, our Catholic schools receive funding from Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments and from school fees and other fundraising activities. Under Commonwealth legislation, there is an expectation that parents/guardians of students in non-Government schools contribute to the education of their children according to their assessed capacity to contribute. Public funding to a national school standard is reduced to reflect parental capacity to contribute. Catholic school systems have the responsibility to distribute available funds across member schools according to relative need.
The Catholic Education Commission sets school tuition fees in October each year for the following year. Common tuition fees and discount arrangements are set within each of the ACT and NSW jurisdictions. A Schedule of Tuition fees for 2020 is available for more information. Schools also set their own local levies and charges which will vary from school to school. Local levies and charges are available by contacting the school or by accessing the school website.
In addition to tuition fees, parents of ACT Catholic Systemic schools are requested to contribute to the Canberra Catholic Schools Building Fund (CCSBF). The CCSBF is a voluntary, tax-deductible building fund which provides funds to go towards school maintenance and refurbishment costs, new schools, building insurances etc. The requested contribution per family is included in the Tuition Fees Schedule.
The Archdiocesan Catholic schools system has a particular responsibility to welcome, accept and support those who are poor, marginalised and in most need. Our conviction is that no student will be refused enrolment or be disadvantaged because of an inability on the part of parents/guardians to meet financial requirements. Fee remissions are offered in cases of financial hardship. Parents may apply for a fee remission by contacting the School Principal or Bursar. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.