CEWA Fee Policy assisting families in need

30 November 2017

The purpose of Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) as an organisation is to provide a Catholic faith-based education to all who seek one. A focus on affordability for the current and future families enrolled in our schools is a key aspect of this. The responsibility to remain affordable stems from the Bishops’ Mandate, and our Fee Policy ensures that this is implemented within our schools.

CEWA’s Fee Policy has recently been updated, and will be rolled out in schools in 2018. While some details of the financial options available to CEWA families have changed, the commitment to affordability of a Catholic education remains the same.

Here are some of the ways CEWA schools are able to assist families financially:

Health Care Card Discount Scheme

Introduced in 2005 by the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA), the Health Care Card (HCC) Discount Scheme has assisted the families of more than 10,000 students each year. It provides an automatic fee concession for the holders of eligible means tested family concession cards.

  1. The HCC Fees per child, payable in 2018 by families who qualify under the scheme are:
    • Kindergarten HCC Fee $300 per student;
    • Primary HCC Fee $300 per student;
    • Secondary HCC Fee $1,500 per student.
  2. The HCC Fees are subject to further reduction by the corresponding percentage of sibling discount, if applicable.

Discounts for families – Siblings from the same family, enrolled in the same school

CEWA schools also recognise the support that families give to the Catholic education system when they send multiple children to the same Catholic school. Families with siblings enrolled in Kindergarten through to Year 12 in the same Catholic school are entitled to a family discount that is determined by each School Board or Council.

Additionally, students with Special Needs, with siblings in other Catholic schools, will have an automatic concession of a family discount.

CEWA schools aim to eliminate any possible barrier to accessing a Catholic education. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing financial hardship, please contact your principal to discuss the support available.

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