Catholic Education South Australia

Finance

Our commitment to our school families is to offer a high quality Catholic education that is accessible and affordable.

Annual School Fees 2022

Fee per Student (Rec to Year 2) $2,860
Fee per Student (Years 3 & 5) $3,185
Fee per Student (Year 6) $3,620
+ Capital Development Levy $380 per family
Lower Income Fee per Student $1,920

 

What is Included:

This fee covers all costs in the school (apart from those funded through State and Commonwealth Grants) and includes costs associated with administration, grounds and cleaning expenses, utilities, ESO wages, general maintenance, office costs, financial charges and interest on overdrafts.

This fee also covers the cost of all classroom and curriculum support materials required by the teaching staff and students. Items covered by this charge include stationery, art and craft, photocopying, excursions and visiting artists. Costs associated with camps, swimming, gymnastics, sport and sacramental activities are also covered by this fee negating the need to send home further invoices throughout the year for these activities.

At Stella Maris we have laptops and iPads in all classes with Year 3 to 6 having their own Lenovo Laptop.  The cost of these devices and the our CESA technician, programmes/apps, licensing costs, IT repairs, our school server and maintenance of the computer facilities.
 

Capital Development Levy:

This levy is charged to each family and is used to assist in building projects, capital improvement works or refurbishments. At present it is being used to pay for the Jim Murphy Resource Room and Sean Hill Learning Centre building.
 

Lower Income Fee:

To be eligible for the lower income fee, you need to qualify as a low income family. This is determined by your family’s gross income and is a $ value set by the State Government.

In 2021, your family’s gross income needs to be below approximately $60,264 for a family with one school-age child. (The limit will vary depending on how many dependent children you have.)

Proof of income is required and applicants will need to apply via the State Government’s School Card scheme.

Our Finance Officer can help you if you have any questions about applying for the lower income fee.

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Need help with School Fees?

If you are concerned about your ability to pay schools fees, we strongly encourage you to have a discussion with us.

We believe a family’s financial circumstances should not be a barrier to a student accessing a Catholic education.

If you have any questions, please contact our Principal or Finance Officer via the School Office.

Payment Options

Payment Methods

Payments can be made in full or by an approved payment plan. We encourage all families to set up weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debit payments

Payment options include:

  • Qkr! App
  • Direct Debit – deductions from your bank account (forms available from the office).
  • BPay – reference numbers are printed on invoices and statements.
  • Credit Card – Visa or Mastercard (forms available from the office).
  • Centrepay – a deduction from Centrelink payments (apply through Centrelink).
  • Credit Card - Visa or Mastercard (phone or attend the office).
  • Cash or Cheque

If you need assistance meeting payments or have any questions, please call the School Office. 

We ensure school fees are at a level that maintains quality education for the children whilst having consideration for the financial capacity of the community we serve.

Refugee Families

Stella Maris Parish School community and the Board are sensitive to the needs of refugee families and the hardship that fees may impose.

As a result, we provide a full exemption from payment of fees for children of refugee families in the first 12 months of their residence in Australia.

This exemption is applicable even if the child has come from another school or college during the 12 months.

Fee remission after the 12 months will be considered on an individual family basis.

This exemption applies only to those families who come under the family reunion or special humanitarian categories that are genuinely in need.