The Catholic Church has emerged as a potential saviour for a doomed Uniting Church college near Melbourne.
About 700 Acacia College students fear they will left without a school after learning crippling debts would force the closure of their new college in Mernda, north of Melbourne.
The executive director of Catholic Education, Stephen Elder, said in a statement: "We have had discussions with the Uniting Church and are currently doing our due diligence and will make a further statement when this is complete."
James Martin, a spokesman for Education Minister Martin Dixon, said Mr Dixon was in discussions with the Uniting Church and the head of the Catholic Education Office.
"The Catholic Education Office has expressed an interest in potentially purchasing the school. Mr Dixon has requested a full briefing on the issue," Mr Martin said.
"The majority of Acacia College's students are of primary school age and travel from a range of areas to attend the school.
Church may save Victorian school from being shut down (CathNews)