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Catholic Education SA puts a freeze on fees

MEDIA RELEASE - Catholic Education South Australia 4 mins read

Catholic Education SA has announced it will freeze tuition fees at 84 Diocesan schools for the 2024 school year.

 

In an unprecedented move, this will be the third consecutive year that Catholic Education SA has not raised tuition fees.

 

In 2024, school fees will remain unchanged at:

  • 59 Diocesan Catholic primary schools
  • 22 Diocesan secondary and combined colleges
  • 2 special schools – St Patrick’s and Our Lady of La Vang
  • 1 special assistance school – Compass Catholic Community – remains fee-free.

 

“We recognise that cost-of-living increases are putting significant pressure on families,” says Dr Neil McGoran, Executive Director, Catholic Education SA.

 

“The bottom line is families matter. At a time when South Australians are experiencing high inflation, increasing interest rates and mortgage pressure, families need affordable school fees more than ever.”

 

“Growth in enrolments across the State in our 101 Catholic Schools, together with prudent financial management, puts us in a position where we are able to hold tuition fees at this year’s level.”

 

The announcement comes as the sector continues to grow, with 1,400 Reception students starting at Catholic Schools in Term 3. Over 52,300 students now attend the 101 Diocesan and separately governed Catholic schools in South Australia. The sector’s August census shows enrolments have risen over 4% since last year’s census.

 

Dr McGoran said the fee-freeze will provide welcome relief to families and will not impact the quality of education.

 

“We’re genuinely committed to keeping school fees as low as possible and ensuring a Catholic education is affordable and accessible to all.”

 

 

BACKGROUND
Making Catholic Education More Affordable Initiative

 

Since 2019, Catholic Education SA has been implementing the Making Catholic Education More Affordable Initiative to ensure our schools are accessible to any family who wants their child to have a Catholic education.

“We’ve introduced a range of initiatives, including widespread fee reductions, a low-income fee for families on modest incomes, and a free midyear intake for Receptions.” 

 

In 2021, all diocesan Catholic primary schools reduced fees by an average of 15%.


In 2022, all diocesan Catholic primary schools froze their fees and diocesan secondary and combined colleges reduced fees by 1% to 7%.

 

In 2023, all diocesan Catholic primary, secondary and combined colleges froze their fees.

 

In addition to these measures, further fee remissions and reductions are available to any family who is struggling to pay school fees due to financial pressures. Families should contact their school for more information.

 

Schools included in the fee freeze are listed below:

     

ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

SEAFORD

(R-6 COED)

ANTONIO CATHOLIC SCHOOL

MORPHETT VALE

(R-6 COED)

CARDIJN COLLEGE

NOARLUNGA DOWNS / ALDINGA

(R-12 COED)

CARITAS COLLEGE

PORT AUGUSTA

(R-12 COED)

CATHERINE MCAULEY SCHOOL

CRAIGMORE

(R-6 COED)

CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL

WARRADALE

(R-6 COED)

COMPASS CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

DAVOREN PARK

FEE FREE

DOMINICAN SCHOOL

SEMAPHORE

(R-6 COED)

EMMAUS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

WOODCROFT

(R-6 COED)

GLEESON COLLEGE

GOLDEN GROVE

(7-12 COED)

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL

PARAFIELD GARDENS

(R-6 COED)

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY SCHOOL

BROMPTON

(R-6 COED)

MARY MACKILLOP MEMORIAL SCHOOL

PENOLA

(R-6 COED)

MCAULEY COMMUNITY SCHOOL

HOVE

(R-6 COED)

MERCEDES COLLEGE

SPRINGFIELD

(R-12 COED)

MOUNT CARMEL COLLEGE

ROSEWATER

(R-12 COED)

NAZARETH CATHOLIC COLLEGE

FINDON/FLINDERS PARK/KIDMAN PARK

(R-12 COED)

OUR LADY OF GRACE SCHOOL

GLENGOWRIE

(R-6 COED)

OUR LADY OF HOPE SCHOOL

GREENWITH

(R-6 COED)

OUR LADY OF LA VANG SCHOOL

FLINDERS PARK

(R-12 COED)

OUR LADY OF THE RIVER SCHOOL

BERRI

(R-6 COED)

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART COLLEGE

ENFIELD

(7-12 GIRLS)

OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION SCHOOL

TAPEROO

(Pre-6 COED)

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE SCHOOL

ALBERT PARK

(R-6 COED)

ROSARY SCHOOL

PROSPECT

(R-6 COED)

SAINT DAVID’S PARISH SCHOOL

TEA TREE GULLY

(R-6 COED)

SAMARITAN COLLEGE

WHYALLA

(R-12 COED)

SCHOOL OF THE NATIVITY

ABERFOYLE PARK

(R-6 COED)

ST ALBERT’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

LOXTON

(R-6 COED)

ST ANTHONY’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

MILLICENT

(R-6 COED)

ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL

EDWARDSTOWN

(R-6 COED)

ST AUGUSTINE’S PARISH SCHOOL

SALISBURY

(R-6 COED)

ST BARBARA’S PARISH SCHOOL

ROXBY DOWNS

(R-9 COED)

ST BERNADETTE’S SCHOOL

ST MARYS

(R-6 COED)

ST BRIGID’S SCHOOL

KILBURN

(R-6 COED)

ST CATHERINE’S SCHOOL

STIRLING

(R-6 COED)

ST COLUMBA’S MEMORIAL SCHOOL

YORKETOWN

(R-7 COED)

ST FRANCIS DE SALES COLLEGE

MOUNT BARKER

(R-12 COED)

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI SCHOOL

NEWTON

(R-6 COED)

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI COLLEGE

RENMARK

(7-12 COED)

ST FRANCIS SCHOOL

LOCKLEYS

(R-6 COED)

ST FRANCIS XAVIER’S REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL

WYNN VALE

(R-6 COED)

ST GABRIEL’S SCHOOL

ENFIELD

(R-6 COED)

ST JAMES SCHOOL

JAMESTOWN

(R-6 COED)

ST JOHN BOSCO SCHOOL

BROOKLYN PARK

(R-6 COED)

ST JOHN THE APOSTLE PARISH SCHOOL

CHRISTIES BEACH

(R-6 COED)

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL

PLYMPTON

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S MEMORIAL SCHOOL

NORWOOD

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S PARISH SCHOOL

GLADSTONE

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

BARMERA

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

CLARE

(R-9 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

HECTORVILLE

(Pre-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

KINGSWOOD

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

MURRAY BRIDGE

(R-9 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

OTTOWAY

(Pre-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

PAYNEHAM

(Pre-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

PETERBOROUGH

(R-9 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

PORT LINCOLN

(R-12 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

RENMARK

(R-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

TRANMERE

(Pre-6 COED)

ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL

WEST HINDMARSH

(Pre-6 COED)

ST MARGARET MARY’S SCHOOL

CROYDON PARK

(Pre-6 COED)

ST MARK’S COLLEGE

PORT PIRIE

(R-12 COED)

ST MARTIN DE PORRES SCHOOL

SHEIDOW PARK

(R-6 COED)

ST MARTIN’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

GREENACRES

(R-6 COED)

ST MARY MACKILLOP SCHOOL

WALLAROO

(R-9 COED)

ST MARY MAGDALENE’S SCHOOL

ELIZABETH GROVE

(R-6 COED)

ST MARY’S MEMORIAL SCHOOL

GLENELG

(R-6 COED)

ST MONICA’S PARISH SCHOOL

WALKERVILLE

(R-6 COED)

ST PATRICK’S SCHOOL

MANSFIELD PARK

(R-6 COED)

ST PATRICK’S SPECIAL SCHOOL

DULWICH

(R-12 COED)

ST PATRICK’S TECHNICAL COLLEGE

EDINBURGH NORTH

(10-12 COED)

ST PIUS X SCHOOL

WINDSOR GARDENS

(R-6 COED)

ST RAPHAEL’S SCHOOL

PARKSIDE

(R-6 COED)

ST THERESE PRIMARY SCHOOL

COLONEL LIGHT GARDENS

(R-6 COED)

ST THOMAS MORE SCHOOL

ELIZABETH PARK

(R-6 COED)

ST THOMAS’ SCHOOL

GOODWOOD

(Pre-6 COED)

STAR OF THE SEA SCHOOL

HENLEY BEACH

(R-6 COED)

STELLA MARIS PARISH SCHOOL

SEACOMBE GARDENS

(R-6 COED)

TENISON WOODS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL

RICHMOND

(R-6 COED)

TENISON WOODS COLLEGE

MOUNT GAMBIER

(R-12 COED)

THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

SALISBURY DOWNS

(7-12 COED)

WHITEFRIARS SCHOOL

WOODVILLE PARK

(R-6 COED)

XAVIER COLLEGE

GAWLER / TWO WELLS / EVANSTON

(R-12 COED)

 

 


Contact details:

Corrin Wakely-Young   
0415 510 224         

Shannon Short    
0438 516 523

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