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    Default School fees now too high

    Fees at dd's school have increased this term to an unaffordable amount. I'm so stressed out, what do you do?

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    Can you speak to the school about financial aid?

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    I get that, but $100/week is still too high even if it is lower than others are paying.

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    Oh no

    Do they have some sort of scholarship program??

    Both my kids school fees went up over the summer break (1 in HS other in Primary).. The primary ones went up nearly $1000 for the year and HS went up only $500ish but its still a LOT of money

    We pay weekly via direct debit so we can afford it..could you do that?

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    How can they increase them during the year?

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    They gave notice of a fee increase, but I didn't think it would affect families with the arrangement like I have. The school decided to absorb fee increase for term 1 to assist all families. I have it on direct debit of $100/fn, which was a struggle, now it's double that. I wish we had a decent public school system.

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    Wow that's a huge increase.

    Did you say you were going to home school at some stage? Is that still an option?

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    Homeschooling is $6,500/year and we need a computer before that too.

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    So stressful, I wish I knew what to suggest...

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    Does your school have a Business manager or similiar?
    I would ring them and and make an appointment to discuss the situation, they will keep all info completely confidential.
    I'm assuming too (sorry to assume, I am just going on your previous posts) that you have a healthcare card and already receive a discount? I know some Diocese's now allow a discount on tuition for families who have a health care card....but it would be worth discussing your situation with the Business manager to see what else they can do for you other than that discount. I know a child whose tuition fees are now waived until his family gets back on it's feet.

    Otherwise I would ring your local Cath Ed office also and speak to someone re what other fee relief they might be able to offer to you.
    Cheers, I hope things improve.


 

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