Fees & Charges

The quality of education we offer to all students rests on our ability to provide excellent resources and facilities. The College relies on the timely payment of school fees to meet its running costs. Fees are due in full in week four of each term unless paid by regular instalments. School fees are charged and payable over four terms with the exception of Year 12 which is charged and payable over three terms.

School Tuition Fee

Fees are collected by the College to support the curriculum and to assist paying teachers’ salaries.

Schedule of Charges 2020

Years 7 and 8
Fee Type$ Per Term$ Per Year
Tuition1,0054,020
College Levy5602,240
Total*1,5656,260
Years 9 and 10
Fee Type$ Per Term$ Per Year
Tuition1,0324,128
College Levy5992,396
Total*1,6316,524
Year 11
Fee Type$ Per Term$ Per Year
Tuition1,2545,016
College Levy6432,572
Total*1,8977,588
Year 12 Trimester – Invoiced over 3 terms
Fee Type$ Per Term$ Per Year
Tuition1,6725,016
College Levy8582,572
Total*2,5307,588

NB: Fees quoted are indicative for the current year only (2020) and are subject to change at the commencement of each subsequent year.

*Parents are asked to contribute $178 per term ($238 for Year 12) to the Canberra Catholic Schools Building Fund. This donation is tax-deductible. It is not included in the fees set out above.

College Levy

The College Levy covers tuition related expenses such as individual subject expenses, text book hire, excursions costing $25 or less per student, camps and retreats, student organisers, College Yearbook, (one per student) and consumables associated with practical subjects such as Art, Hospitality, Technology, etc. In addition, the Levy is also used to support education and building initiatives in the College.

Other Charges

Excursions: The College Levy covers curriculum related excursions costing a total of $25 or less per student. Excursions over this amount will be charged to fees.

Extra-curricular excursions: The costs for extra-curricular excursions are paid directly to the College and are not charged to fees. Please note that participation in overseas excursions would not be approved where fees are in arrears.

*Canberra Catholic Schools Building Fund (CCSBF)

The Building Fund donation is a voluntary contribution. The CCSBF supports schools within the ACT. If you have students attending Catholic Education Primary Schools as well as High Schools, the Building Fund donation is contributed to the school attended by the eldest child. The CCSBF voluntary charge will be applied to accounts automatically at the beginning of each term, and payments allocated towards it unless otherwise advised. If you choose not to contribute to the Building Fund please advise the College in writing.

Enrolment Fees

Enrolment fee for Year 7 is $50 and is non refundable. The enrolment fee for Year 11 (continuing students) is a non refundable amount of $100 of which $100 is credited against Year 11 first term fees. The enrolment fee for Year 11 and 12 (new students) is a non refundable amount of $150 of which $100 is credited against Year 11/12 first term fees.

Tuition Fee Sibling Discount

Families with more than one child attending St Clare’s College or who have children attending other systemic Catholic Education High Schools in addition to St Clare’s College (ie. John Paul College, St Francis Xavier College, St Mary MacKillop College and Merici College) are eligible for a discount on their tuition fees. The Sibling Discount Form can be found here:

Discounts are:

  • 20% for second child attending an Archdiocesan secondary school
  • 50% for third child attending an Archdiocesan secondary school
  • 100% for fourth or subsequent child/ren attending either an Archdiocesan primary or secondary school.

Note:

  • Full fee is payable on the eldest child.
  • Where parents have students in both an Archdiocesan primary and secondary school simultaneously, a 20% discount applies to the eldest primary school child. Please contact your primary school for further details.
  • The Sibling Discount Form must be completed and returned by 31 January before this discount can be applied. 

Payment Methods

The College offers various methods for payment of school fees. These include Qkr!, credit card, BPay, Direct Debit, eftpos, cheque or cash.

If paying by cash it is recommended and requested that parents do not send large sums of money to school with their daughter.

Instalments

It may be more convenient for you to pay school fees by regular instalments. Facilities for this service can be set up via BPay or Direct Debit. The Direct Debit Form can be found here:

When paying by instalment, it is the responsibility of the parent/s to ensure that the payment is sufficient to cover all charges placed on the Family Fee Statement throughout the year. It is recommended that parents reconcile their statement each term to ensure fees will be fully paid by December of each year.

Overdue Accounts

The College is required to follow up overdue accounts. Where there are on-going issues with payments and/or lack of communication regarding outstanding fees, the College may use the services of an external debt collection agency.

Financial Difficulty

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact College Accounts on 6260 9461 to discuss the matter.

The College has provision to provide fee relief to assist families experiencing genuine financial hardship. Applications for School Fee Concessions are confidential and forms can be obtained from the Accounts Clerk.

College Leave

If a student is on leave from the College for an extended period (eg. overseas holiday), full fees are payable for that time.

Cancellation of Enrolment

If a student leaves the College during the school term and the school has received a minimum two weeks written notice of this, the family is eligible for a refund of 50% of the current term’s fees if the date of departure is within the first half of the term. Where the date of departure is in the second half of the term, no refund is applied.

If less than two weeks’ notice has been given, refunds are at the discretion of the Principal, giving regard to the circumstances of departure.

Should payment in full not be possible at time of leaving, an arrangement for payment would need to be agreed to with the Business Manager.

Part-Time Students

On approval from the Principal, senior students may be permitted to undertake part time studies. The fee reduction for part time students varies between 10-50%, dependent on tuition load.

Overseas Student Exchange

The College supports short term student overseas exchange programs arranged by recognised overseas exchange organisations.

Full fees will be charged for the semester in which the exchange takes place. Upon application, a fee remission of no more than 50% of the semester fee will be considered for exchanges that exceed 10 school weeks in length.

Further Information

For further information please contact the Accounts Clerk on 6260 9461 or accounts@stcc.act.edu.au