The shortfall between the basic costs of running a school and the amount funded by governments means a reasonable fee structure is essential for Catholic schools to operate and provide the high quality of education that Catholic Education is known for and parents rightly expect.
School fees comprise Tuition Fees set by Cairns Catholic Education Services and School Levies include a Building Levy, Subject Levies and General-Purpose Levy.
Catholic schools remain an affordable option for most families and strive to keep fees as low as possible; in fact, some parents are surprised at how affordable they are in comparison to independent/private schools, Catholic schools in southern capitals, and even kindy and day care fees.
Family discounts apply for families with more than one child attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Cairns, for example if your child attends St Francis Xavier’s School and another child is attending one of the Cairns Catholic Education’s secondary colleges.
For those in genuine financial difficulty, concessions may be available, including a 70% tuition fee discount (does not apply to levies) for holders of means-tested pension and health care cards.
In keeping with Gospel values, no child will be refused a Catholic education due to genuine financial difficulty. New or existing parents who find themselves in this situation and who do not hold a concession card, are encouraged to contact our Finance Officer to arrange an interview with our School Principal. This request will be treated with understanding, sensitivity and confidentiality.
It is our experience that families who are struggling financially are faithful in paying a contribution to whatever extent they can afford. It is the expectation that families with the capacity to contribute do so, so that as near to possible to full realisation of this income source can be achieved and outreach to those in need can be maintained. Catholic schools balance the need to charge fees with their historic role of providing access to quality schooling for all.
For further information about the diocesan schedule of current tuition (school) fees and information about discounts and concessions visit the Catholic Education website.
Accounts are sent out each term and fees are due three weeks after the date of issue.
The following payment options are available:
- Direct Debit – forms available at the school office
- EFT – Electronic Funds Transfer
- Cash, EFTPOS or credit card – at the school office
Failure to follow school policy and procedures may result in the engagement of a Debt Recovery Agency.
A Tuition Fee per student is charged for children attending Catholic schools in the Cairns Diocese. This is determined before the commencement of each year by Catholic Education Services and is the same across all Catholic Schools in the Diocese. Accounts are sent out via email each term, and payment is made through the School Office. A Statement of Account should accompany payment when paying at the School Office. School fees are due on receipt of the account and are 14 day accounts. All parent/carers are expected to make payment of school charges a high priority in their family’s budgeting.
Descriptions of Levies
School Levies are set and reviewed annually by the School Board and approved by our Parish Priest. These levies include:
- Building Levy (buildings and maintenance)
- P&F Fundraising Levy
- IT Levy
- Resource Levy
A resource levy is charged yearly for each child attending St. Francis Xavier’s. This fee is charged via your quarterly fee statement. The fee is used to purchase learning and teaching resources.
A fee is charged each year to employ a Maintenance and Grounds person as well as to purchase and maintain equipment at the school. This fee is charged quarterly and appears on your fee statement.
Parents And Friends Association Levy
The funds provided through the P&F Levy help to provide more and better educational resources and to develop the sense of school community. The contributions from school fees, levies and Parents and Friends Association are vital to the maintenance of a good educational environment in the school.