School Fees

Diocesan Fees

A quality Catholic education is affordable and accessible for every family!


Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is committed to providing an affordable quality Catholic education for families. We understand the financial demands placed on household budgets and do everything we can to keep fees low.

No child who meets the enrolment criteria will be refused enrolment or disadvantaged because of a family’s financial circumstance.

School fees are generally billed in instalments during Terms 1, 2 and 3. The fee is made up of three main parts:

1

Annual Diocesan Tuition Fees


These are set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta and are the same for every school.

There are significant sibling discounts for families with more than one child at one of our schools.

 

 

2

Diocesan Building Levy


This is set by Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta and is the same for every school.

There is only one Diocesan building levy per family.

 

 

3

School-Based Fees


These are determined by the school according to our needs and are billable for each child.

These fees help cover costs of things like teaching resources, technology, excursions etc.

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Flexible payment options

Families enrolled in CEDP schools are offered flexible payment options at the start of each year. These options provide opportunities to select a payment plan that best suits you. Payments can be made by direct debit or BPay on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at no additional charge.

  Flexible Payment Plans

 

Online Payment Portal

There is also an online payment portal. This may help take the stress of school fees out of your household budget as you can make a one-off payment up front with Visa or Mastercard by the due date. Our aim is to make it as simple as possible for families to access affordable quality Catholic education. 

  Access the Payment Portal

 

Fee assistance

We understand financial circumstances can change and that these changes can impact on families. Please speak with your school principal confidentially if your family experiences financial difficulty or hardship so an appropriate arrangement can be made.

 

Learn more about how fees work

 


Fees Payable at St Margaret Mary's for 2019

As a guide, the cost of a Catholic education is around $6-$8 a day for a child in Kindergarten*. Significant discounts apply for siblings.

* The fees per day are intended to be used as a guide only. The above-mentioned fees have been calculated over 365 days for one child using the 2019 Diocesan tuition fee, 2019 Diocesan building levy and an average of the 2019 school-based fees. It does not include the cost of a school uniform.

 

Kindergarten 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,206 $903 $603
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,220 $1,113 $813 $210

 

Year 1 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,571 $1,377 $990 $210

 

Year 2 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,571 $1,377 $990 $210

 

Year 3 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,571 $1,377 $990 $210

 

Year 4 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,571 $1,377 $990 $210

 

Year 5 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
TOTAL $2,571 $1,377 $990 $210

 

Year 6 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $804

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $1,557 $1,167 $780
Resource Fee $150 $150 $150 $150
Activity Fee $60 $60 $60 $60
Overnight Excursion $288 $288 $288 $288
Overnight Meal $86 $86 $86 $86
TOTAL $2,945 $1,751 $1,364 $584

 


Further Information

Resource Fee

This fee is charged in Term 4 for the next year and covers the use of stationery in the classrooms, exercise and handwriting books, art and craft classes and curriculum requisites. The fee is also used to assist with the employment of school cleaners, water rates and electricity costs; for the maintenance and repairs of school resources; for costs involved in photocopying school newsletters, circulars, excursion and sports notes, etc.

Family Levy

This fee is paid to the P&F association for the employment of maintenance staff.

Payment of Fees

Fees for Term 1 are due and payable within 30 days of the date the school account statement is issued and Terms 2 and 3 are payable within 14 days of the date issued. Late payment of fees may attract a penalty.

For students not enrolled at the school for the full year, fees will be payable on a pro rata basis based upon the number of weeks attended over the school year (40 weeks). Attendance for part of a week will be deemed a full week for the purposes of this calculation. Absence during the whole year or any part of the term does not remove the obligation to make payment of the terms fees.

Except in unforeseen circumstances, a full term’s notice in writing must be given to the principal before a pupil is withdrawn from the school and in default of such notice, a full term’s fees will be payable.

 

If you have any questions concerning the payment of school fees please contact St Margaret Mary's by phone on (02) 8633 8400 weekdays between 8:15am and 3:30pm.

 

Scholarship Fund

Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund

Enquire about a scholarship

The Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund provides full or part scholarships to assist families in financial need who desire a Catholic education for their children, but for whom the cost is out of reach. Normal school enrolment criteria apply. Contact your local Catholic school to learn more or visit the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund.

Can you make a donation?

Give the gift of education by making a donation to the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund. Your donation is a valuable investment in our children's future. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

 

Byallawa Scheme

Byallawa School Fee Co-contribution Scheme

 

BYALLAWA means ‘yarn up’ or ‘speaking together’ and in this spirit of cooperation, the Byallawa Scheme supports the enrolment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Parramatta Diocesan Catholic schools.

Learn how this can help you