For more information on Fees, Discounts and other relevant documents please visit the Catholic Education website.
To provide quality learning environments, Catholic schools have fees to help meet the shortfall in Government funding. Catholic schools strive to keep fees as low as possible. The term ‘school fees’ includes tuition fees and levies. Each school assesses the school levies necessary to meet their individual school and community operation requirements. In doing this they are firstly guided by the diocesan tuition fee set by Catholic Education Services.
Families with more than one child in the same or other primary or secondary Catholic schools in the Cairns Diocese receive fee discounts for the second, third and subsequent children.
In addition to these family and country school discounts that have historically been offered, Cairns Catholic Education offers a means-tested concession card discount. Parents/ carers with a means-tested Australian government health care or pensioner concession card may be eligible to receive a 70% discount to tuition fees (does not apply to school levies). Card holders are required to advise the school of their concession card at enrolment or when the card is gained. Once the card is sighted by the school’s administration, tuition fees for future terms only will be adjusted. This scheme is intended to assist those families who genuinely do not have the financial capacity to pay tuition fees in full.
Families without a means-tested concession card who are experiencing genuine financial hardship in paying fees should speak with the school Principal to apply for special consideration. No child will be denied enrolment due to genuine financial difficulty which has been verified by the school.
The 2017 schedule of MCC School Fees and Levies can be downloaded via the links above.
Some points to note:
- The MCC General Purpose Fee for 2017 includes the bulk of student learning resources (e.g. workbooks and stationery). The exception is individual items that in most cases will have been retained form the previous year (e.g. headphones, whiteboards, scissors, and mesh pouch). Bulk purchasing has enabled cost savings of the order of 25%. In future years, as classroom learning consumables become more complex in higher grades, the different year levels may be levied individually to reflect the cost differential.
- If you are in receipt of a Pensioner or Health Care Card holder fee discount and your card is reissued, it is essential to immediately provide details of the renewed benefit card to ensure your fee discount continues uninterrupted.