School 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.

 

More on how fees work

 


Fees Payable at Penola Catholic College for 2020

As a guide, the cost of a Catholic education is around $11-$18 a day for a child in Year 7 a day for a child in Year 7*. 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 2020 Diocesan tuition fee, 2020 Diocesan building levy and an average of the 2020 school-based fees. It does not include the cost of a school uniform.

 

Year 7 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $2,190 $1,644 $1,095
Resource Fee $1,047 $1,047 $1,047 $1,047
Activity Fee $237 $237 $237 $237
Overnight Excursion $293 $293 $293 $293
Overnight Meal $73 $73 $73 $73
Family Levy* $207      
TOTAL $4,869 $3,294 $2,745 $1,650
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College   $207 $207 $207
TOTAL   $3,501 $2,952 $1,857

 

Year 8 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $2,190 $1,644 $1,095
Resource Fee $1,047 $1,047 $1,047 $1,047
Activity Fee $201 $201 $201 $201
Family Levy* $207      
TOTAL $4,467 $2,892 $2,343 $1,248
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College   $207 $207 $207
TOTAL   $3,099 $2,550 $1,455

 

Year 9 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $2,430 $1,824 $1,215
Resource Fee $1,047 $1,047 $1,047 $1,047
Activity Fee $198 $198 $198 $198
Family Levy* $207      
TOTAL $4,704 $3,069 $2,460 $1,245
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College
  $207 $207 $207
TOTAL   $3,276 $2,667 $1,452

 

Year 10 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $2,430 $1,824 $1,215
Resource Fee $1,047 $1,047 $1,047 $1,047
Activity Fee $282 $282 $282 $282
Family Levy* $207      
TOTAL $4,788 $3,153 $2,544 $1,329
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College
  $207 $207 $207
TOTAL   $3,360 $2,751 $1,536

 

Year 11 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $3,102 $2,328 $1,551
Resource Fee $1,131 $1,131 $1,131 $1,131
Activity Fee $180 $180 $180 $180
Family Levy* $207      
TOTAL $5,442
$3,639 $2,862 $1,311
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College

$207 $207 $207
TOTAL    $3,846 $3,069 $1,518

 

Year 12 1st Child 2nd Child 3rd Child 4th+ Child
Diocesan Building Levy (one per family) $822

 
Diocesan Tuition Fee $3,102 $2,328 $1,551
Resource Fee $1,131 $1,131 $1,131 $1,131
Activity Fee $138 $138 $138 $138
Overnight Excursion
$288 $288 $288 $288
Overnight Meal
$72 $72 $72 $72
Family Levy*
$207



TOTAL
$5,760
$3,957
$3,180
$1,629
Family Levy billed against the eldest child at McCarthy College   $207 $207  $207
TOTAL 
  $4,164 $3,387
$1,836

 



Explanation of Fees

Resource & Subject Fee

This fee helps meet the costs of administration of the school and the provision of resources for use by students and includes:

  • Provision and support for the school’s Information Technology resources including computers, software, license fees, internet, updating network infrastructure equipment, network management and maintenance and other technology for the use in a variety of subjects.
  • Paper, printing, stationery and mailing costs.
  • Provision of text books and resources for temporary use by students.
  • School newsletter and other school publications.
  • Resources/equipment acquired by the school for use by teachers and students (eg. Library, sport, various equipment and curriculum resources).
  • Diary for each student.
  • eBooks/eLearning for each student.
  • Provision of careers’ advice and resources to students.
  • Implementation of school-based Pastoral Care programs for students.
  • Australasian Schools’ Competition costs for various subjects & year groups.
  • Maintenance and replacement of classroom furniture.
  • Student I.D cards.
  • Provision of the school’s Pastoral Care Program.

Activity Fee

The fees are associated with the costs for students attending subject excursions, pastoral days and other school approved excursions/incursions for the whole year group. 

*Family Levy

The Family Contribution Levy is the sole means of fundraising and is charged per family to the eldest child at McCarthy.



Payment of Fees

Itemised accounts are sent out three times a year, at the beginning of Terms 1, 2 and 3, and payment is due within 30 days.  Prompt attention to these accounts would be appreciated. The Flexible Payment Plan is offered as an alternative for families to pay their annual fees weekly, fortnightly or monthly over a six month period from March to August.  Any application for special consideration, for example, payment by instalments throughout the year, needs to be approved by the Principal.  This can be done by telephone, in writing, or by arranging an interview, or by informing the Finance Secretary.

When fees or other payments are sent to the school with students, please ensure they are in a sealed envelope which is clearly marked with the student’s name, Homeroom and the purpose of the payment.  This envelope should then be handed into the office as soon as the student arrives at school.  Envelopes are available at the office for this purpose.



Further Information

If you have any questions concerning the payment of school fees please contact McCarthy Catholic College by phone on (02) 4728 8100 weekdays between 8:00am and 3:30pm or send us an email.

 

 

 

Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund

Enquire about fees support

The Bishop Manning Support Fund provides full or part assistance to 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 Support Fund.

Can you make a donation?

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

 

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