Jump to content

Catholic school fees
anyone had theirs waived?


  • Please log in to reply
34 replies to this topic

#1 MadreLoca

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:48 PM

(Cross-posted in 'managing money' as I was unsure where to post this).

Hi,

DS' FYOS will be 2013. I'm looking at enroling him at our local catholic PS & as a single parent on PPS, I'll be initially unable to pay full fees.

I'm interested to hear from anyone who has had their fees waived due to financial hardship? The little bit of research I've so far undertaken indicates that the diocese accepts a certain number of non-fee paying students/families. I'll be contacting the school's Principal this week but curious in the meantime.

Thanks.

#2 KLF84

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:53 PM

My DSS Catholic School Fees are approximately $1,900.00 per year.

They are to be paid by the end of terms 1, 2 and 3.

We do not pay fees in term 4, this is to help to allow parents to "catch up" in relation to payment.

Our principal does say in newsletters and on the bottom of the invoices that get sent home, that if you are experiencing financial hardship to contact him.

I have also been told by someone else that the school and dioceses are usually able to assist in some way.

I think you're moving in the right direction by contacting the school.

#3 tibs

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

At our local catholic parish school the fee waived spots tend to go to refugee families.  But each school probably has their own criteria so there is no harm in asking  biggrin.gif  Good luck original.gif

#4 Fluster

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:54 PM

I'd speak to your local Priest.  

If you aren't a practicing Catholic, your chances of receiving a fee reduction are somewhere around diddly squat.

#5 Mishu

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:04 PM

My school has fees that are $974 per term (for three terms only) with the option to pay these fortnightly. I'm not sure what the criteria is for waiving any of these fees. Note as well that you will need to buy uniforms, though our school also had a second hand uniform store available as well.

#6 DEVOCEAN

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:07 PM

The only people I know who have had their fees waived were a couple of kids whose parents passed away. Their fees were waived until they left high school.

#7 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:10 PM

QUOTE
If you aren't a practicing Catholic, your chances of receiving a fee reduction are somewhere around diddly squat.


I would say this - also, hardship reductions may only apply temporarily for families who were already enrolled but then fell on hard times as a means of keeping those kids in that school - if you can't afford it from day one then I wouldn't think they would take an enrolment.

#8 SaintJoe

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:12 PM

QUOTE (Fluster @ 23/04/2012, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd speak to your local Priest.  

If you aren't a practicing Catholic, your chances of receiving a fee reduction are somewhere around diddly squat.



Rubbish.
Most of our families receiving help from the local Catholic school (ie. church funded) are not practising.



#9 marley*and*me

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:13 PM

Our school doesn't waive the fee they just accept what you are able to pay, as long as you are a member of the parish. It is based on a case by case basis, but everyone is expected to contribute something.

Just contact the finance officer at the school and they will explain your options to you. Our school offers fortnightly and monthly payments if you need.

#10 Apageintime

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

When I was in year 12 (early 2000s) my mum broke her spine and then dad lost his job for taking so much sick leave, the school waived all fees for the rest of the year for my sister and I.

You just have to go in and ask.

eta - my dad also did lots of 'helping out' at the school (tuckshop etc)

Edited by A.page, 23 April 2012 - 02:31 PM.


#11 MadreLoca

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:14 PM

QUOTE (Fluster @ 23/04/2012, 01:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd speak to your local Priest.  

If you aren't a practicing Catholic, your chances of receiving a fee reduction are somewhere around diddly squat.
Ah this may be a problem. XH is the Catholic, I'm not.
Thanks for your replies. Guess I'll know more after speaking to the school. Cheers.


#12 MrsNorris

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:20 PM

I know of one family who received financial support from the school (ie, had the fees waived for a year or so) BUT the kids were already enrolled and attending school, and the breadwinner was made redundant and found it difficult to find another job.

Also, they were practising Catholics and had made a huge (non-financial) contribution to the school and parish.  Not sure whether this had anything to do with it, but the kids were also quite bright and high academic achievers.  

Are you well-known and well-respected in the parish/diocese more broadly? If not, you may well find it difficult/impossible to get your fees waived.

#13 barrington

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

I would imagine that most schools would only waive fees for students currently enrolled in the school.


#14 Beancat

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

Not sure if anyone has mentioned it but some schools will reduce your fees if your can spend some time helping out at the school, ie gardening, canteen, helping in the office etc.  Its worth asking if you can contribute something extra to make up for the reduction in fees if they initially reject your request

#15 SaintJoe

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

QUOTE (barrington @ 23/04/2012, 03:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would imagine that most schools would only waive fees for students currently enrolled in the school.


I know this to be true.

Why take on a student on reduce fee's for the next 7 years. They will have to make the money up somewhere.



#16 casime

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:32 PM

So you're not catholic, have made no contribution to the church or their community, but expect them to waive fees for your child?  

If your ex husband wants them in a catholic school, he should pay for it.

#17 Hashley

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:41 PM

Have you checked the schools website? Sometimes discounts are offered for parents who hold a valid Health Care Card or eligible Pension Card to receive discounts on their tuition & amenities fees.

I think fees are the tip of the iceberg, depending on the school uniforms can also be a killer.

Edited by Hashley, 23 April 2012 - 02:42 PM.


#18 Hairy Maclary

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:45 PM

QUOTE (casime @ 23/04/2012, 03:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you're not catholic, have made no contribution to the church or their community, but expect them to waive fees for your child?  

If your ex husband wants them in a catholic school, he should pay for it.



cclap.gif

#19 MadreLoca

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

QUOTE (casime @ 23/04/2012, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you're not catholic, have made no contribution to the church or their community, but expect them to waive fees for your child?  

If your ex husband wants them in a catholic school, he should pay for it.
I don't "expect" them to do anything. I'm putting the question out there to determine options. As for XH - I didn't want to go into it in this thread but he thinks by spending anything extra above CS on the boys, that he can use it as leverage/blackmail/whatever. Which is why I asked the question in the first place. If he was willing to contribute, I'd have no need for fees to be waived.

#20 oNeLoVe

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:52 PM

QUOTE (**myboys** @ 23/04/2012, 02:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why take on a student on reduce fee's for the next 7 years. They will have to make the money up somewhere.


Possibly by putting fees up for the rest of the paying students.

QUOTE (casime @ 23/04/2012, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you're not catholic, have made no contribution to the church or their community, but expect them to waive fees for your child?  

If your ex husband wants them in a catholic school, he should pay for it.


Agreed.

#21 JECJEC

Posted 23 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

When I went to the interview for my child way back in 2000 I was asked directly by the principal how I would be able to pay the fees. (The answer was easy for me - I told him it was cheaper than childcare- which it was)

Medium Long term to long term are you going to be able to pay them - also you have another child are you going to be in a position to pay them for both students. I would have answers for these ready before you speak to the school.

#22 Franni

Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:01 PM

I know that when I sent in an enrollment application to our local catholic primary we had to sign to say we could afford and would be paying the school fees.
I think your chances would be slim to get a place at the school with the intention of not paying the fees.

#23 Madeline's Mum

Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:02 PM

If your son isn't baptised you'll have a hard enough time getting him a spot, let alone having your fees reduced.

The spots here are given to baptised, practicing and donating families first. Everyone else is distant second.

Is there anyway you can save the money up in the remaining 8 months of the year?

Edited by Madeline's Mum, 23 April 2012 - 03:03 PM.


#24 MadreLoca

Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:06 PM

As per my OP, I'll initially be unable to pay full fees. I'm not interested in 7 years of fee-free attendance. Nowhere did I say that.

I'm currently on PPS. Not permanently.

Thanks for your replies so far

ETA both my boys are baptised (Catholic)

Edited by MadreLoca, 23 April 2012 - 03:08 PM.


#25 oNeLoVe

Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:44 PM

I guess the school doesn't know whether you *might* be able to pay full fees sometime in the future.  Unfortunately you wont be able to give them a date, or even a year, when you will be able to pay fees to them (as it will depend I guess on your circumstances, if you're hoping to get a job etc etc).  Even with your assurances that, say, next year you'll be working and able to pay fees, things don't always work out the way we plan them.  It'd be a big risk to them taking on another family who may then not be able to pay fees for years.  

I know they do take some non-fee paying families, and not sure how exactly it works but I know one Catholic school we were looking at leaves some positions for ATSI children.  Not sure whether the ATSI children get reduced fees, or zero fees or what.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Christina Aguilera announces daughter's name

Christina Aguilera and her fiance, Matt Rutler, have welcomed their daughter into the world.

Couple caught in surrogacy crackdown

An Australian couple caught up in Thailand's surrogacy crackdown have said many parents are distraught and facing dire financial difficulties as are they are unable to bring their surrogate-born babies home.

'Tired' mum dies of undiagnosed diabetes

New mum Nicky Rigby thought her exhaustion was due to the demands of looking after her baby. But the 26-year-old was seriously ill with diabetes, and died due to her condition not being diagnosed.

5 co-sleeping myths busted

In case you are co-sleeping with your baby, and all the ?helpful? advice from others is sending you down the slippery slope of self-doubt, let?s bust a few myths on the topic.

When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

One mum-to-be discovers pregnancy hormones can give rise to some surprising emotions.

What?s your love language?

The secret to making your partner feel special is to know which language of love they favour ? and it?s the same for your kids, too.

Returning to exercise after a caesarean

I had my daughter four months ago via caesarean, and I want to get back into exercise. What are some good first steps I can take?

20 signs of a great relationship

The secret to a perfect relationship is admitting you are wrong after an argument, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, a new survey suggests.

Video: emotional 60-second Robin Williams tribute

Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.

The realities of escaping domestic violence

?Why doesn?t she just leave?? is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. For many, leaving the relationship is far from straightforward.

Home truths: the DIY dos and don'ts

A professional renovator gives advice on which jobs you should do yourself, and which you should outsource.

Parenting lessons I?ve yet to learn

Instead of writing about the stuff I do know since becoming a mum, I thought I'd share some of the things I don't. These are the lessons that motherhood hasn't taught me.

Will I be wrecked 'down there' after birth?

Did you worry about how you would look "down there" after giving birth? This mum-to-be found plenty of women willing to share their knowledge.

The new weekend playgroup for working mums

Playgroups are great for kids and parents alike - but the downside is that they often meet during the week, leaving working mums out of the loop.

Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

Sick of spending hours trying to get your toddler to sleep? These experts say giving your child more of a say at bedtime might be the answer.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Smiggle is painting the town red!

We have 3 Red Smiggle prize packs to give away! Enter by posting a photo of something red to your Instagram.

Mum gives birth at school

Chinese manufacturers tap into the cute factor with tree-grown babies.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.