St Patrick’s College Tuition Fees and Charges: 2020
In forming the budget for 2020 careful attention has been given to balancing the need for ongoing capital works, seeking out cost savings and broadening the curriculum offerings to ensure that excellent learning opportunities and facilities are available for your son. The College is ever mindful to make every effort to maintain the affordability for our community of an Edmund Rice education and is pleased to advise that overall tuition fee increases have been kept down to 2.58% for 2020. This has now been approved by EREA and compares favourably to an average increase of 4.7% over the past 6 years and the 2.8% increase in the Education Index for the year to June 2019.
Families are encouraged where possible to pay the tuition fees in full by 28 February 2020, alternatively, a Payment Arrangement Plan needs to be in place that completes all payments to the College by no later than 30 November 2020. The payment Arrangement Form will be sent to you along with your first statement during the first week of February. This form must be completed and returned to the Finance Office no later than February 28, 2020.
Should you have any queries about any of these matters please do not hesitate to contact the Finance Office
Tuition Fees and Charges: 2020
Tuition and Boarding Fees are charged annually and will appear on your January fee statement. Subsequent statements will be issued on a monthly basis showing payments received and any additional charges incurred.
Fees for 2020 are:
|7 & 8||$6,300||$14,840||$17,425|
|9 & 10||$6,700||$16,765||$19,680|
|11 & 12||$7,100||$19,270||$22,600|
Please note that fees for VCE and VCAL programs are charged for the full year regardless of whether your son sits exams or not and regardless of completion date. Where students leave the College during the year a pro rata credit for tuition and capital fees will be granted where this is confirmed in writing prior to the commencement of Term 4.
- Capital Fee
A Capital fee of $890 per family will apply in 2020. Funds raised from the capital fee are used for the development of facilities for all students at the College. As the capital fee is a compulsory levy no receipt for taxation purposes is available.
- Resources Fee
To facilitate student learning the College makes available a variety of eResources, eTextbooks and other electronic resources. To cover the cost of these resources the following amounts will appear on your account based on the subjects your son is undertaking.
|VCE||Edrolo (per subject utilizing the Edrolo resource)||$30|
- Device levies
The following year groups will incur laptop levies as follows:
|7||Lenovo Laptop||$440||2020 – 2022|
|7||Laptop Insurance||$80||2020 – 2022|
|10||Lenovo Laptop||$440||2020 – 2022|
|10||Laptop Insurance||$80||2020 – 2022|
|11||HP Spectre Laptop||$585||2019 – 2021|
|11||Laptop Insurance||$80||2019 – 2021|
|12||HP Spectre Laptop||$575||2018 – 2020|
|12||Laptop Insurance||$80||2018 – 2020|
Each year group will receive specific communications about the terms and conditions of their program.
- IT Levy
To facilitate the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of the IT infrastructure of the College, an IT levy of $80 per student will be applied.
The tuition fee covers costs related to College tuition, administration, most subject levies, camps, excursions and other incidental costs. The tuition fee does not cover optional aspects of the College’s program or services provided such as music lessons, rowing, some extra-curricular activities, non-compulsory tours and camps or damage to College property. These expenses will be charged if and as required at various times through the year to the College account.
- Shamrock Association Fee (Boarding only)
A Capital levy of $500 will apply for each boarding student. As the fee is a compulsory charge no receipt for taxation purposes is available. Funds used from the Shamrock Association Fee will be used for the development of boarding facilities at the College.
- External VET Charges:
Parents of students who elect to participate in an external Ballarat Schools Cluster VETiS course will be required to pay the difference between the course cost and the Catholic Education Funding for that particular course. This funding difference will appear as an external VET levy on your tuition statement. At this stage the exact cost is not available, however, based on 2019 figures this cost difference is anticipated to range between $750 and $2,000. Parents of students who elect to participate in VET may also be required to pay an additional materials levy which will appear as ‘VET materials levy’ on your tuition statement.
- Building Fund Contribution (Voluntary)
The College is currently in the process of reviewing its Building Master Plan to ensure students are provided with state-of-the-art learning facilities. Building works flowing from this planning will be funded by a combination of borrowing, family contributions, donations and government grants. Families wishing to assist the College may make a voluntary donation to the Building Fund and a receipt for taxation purposes will be forwarded.
- Mentoring Fee
In order to cover the additional administration and supervision costs with respect to Indigenous and Overseas students a mentoring fee is charged to the relevant students. This is currently $5,650 p.a.
- Overseas Student Fee
In addition to all relevant Tuition Fees and Charges as per this document, overseas students will also be charged an overseas student fee of $14,761. This fee is the gross per capita Commonwealth Government grant for Australian resident students.
- Departure Without Notice Fee
Parents are reminded that four weeks written notification of a student withdrawing during the College year is required. If such notice is not received a “Departure without notice” payment of four weeks’ tuition fees will be charged to your fee account.
- Retaining Fee
With the written approval of the Headmaster students may participate in a student exchange program and will be charged 25% of the annual tuition fee, as a retaining fee for the duration of their absence in order to retain their place at the College.
- Discounts – Sibling
Family discounts apply where more than one child in a family is concurrently enrolled at St Patrick’s College Ballarat. There is an automatic student discount on tuition fees only, as follows:
1st student – no discount
2nd Student –18%
3rd Student – 50%
4th and subsequent students – 100%
The College understands that families may experience financial hardship that leaves them unable, reasonably, because of illness, unemployment or other genuine circumstances, to fulfil all the financial obligations of enrolment. Where these circumstances arise please contact Mrs Maureen Ralton to arrange for a concession application form and an appointment with the Business Manager. Where appropriate your application will be considered confidentially with the College Finance Committee.
The College offers a number of scholarships of an academic, artistic or sporting nature. Enquiry into the details of these opportunities and the eligibility of your son can be made by contacting the Director of Community Development Mr Paul Nolan.
- Health Care Card Holders
Parents who hold a valid Health Care Card are entitled to receive the following benefits:
- Camps Sports and Excursions funding (CSEF) payment: In 2016 the State Government introduced CSEF to assist eligible families cover the costs of camps, excursions and sporting activities. The annual payment for a secondary school student is $225. To apply for CSEF please complete the enclosed application form or download one from education.vic.au/cesf. Applications must be received by the College by the 30th June 2020 to be eligible.
- Health Care Card concession: Parents who have successfully qualified for the CSEF funding will automatically receive a further $225 College applied concession.
The following two options for the payment of College fees are available:
- Payment in full by 28th February 2020
- A Payment Arrangement Plan
To assist families in managing their cash flow across the year a ‘Payment Arrangement Plan’ form must be completed and returned to the Finance Office by 28th of February 2020.
All Payment Arrangements must be completed by 30th November 2020. You may do this via
- Per Week or Per fortnight payments or
- Per Month payments – Due by 25th day of each month, or
- Per Term payments – Due by 2nd week of each term.
Please note that arrangements that fall outside of the above options must be approved by the Business Manager by appointment only. Instalment plans may be arranged to suit family budgets. Business Manager’s Arrangements are required to be set up using the Direct Debit payment method.
Please contact the Finance Office if you would like some assistance in working out the required payments to clear your account balance prior to the end of the 2020 College year.
Payment Facilities 2020
The preferred method of payment is via Direct Debit, however, other payment alternatives listed below can also be arranged to pay your account:
- Cash / cheque
- Credit Card
- Salary Packaging