Catholic Education Western Australia executive director Debra Sayce has confirmed there will be no increase in tuition fees in 2021 at CEWA-owned schools.
“Western Australians have come together to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and we are very grateful to government for their continued support of Catholic Education in Western Australia. Now we are working together to deal with the impacts resulting from the virus,” Dr Sayce said.
“Our schools have reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents and caregivers have lost their jobs or had their hours cut, making it difficult for some families to make ends meet.”
A survey of CEWA schools showed the number of families accessing fee relief through CEWA’s Health Care Card Discount Scheme had risen significantly. By June, $23.4 million in fee relief had been accessed by Catholic school families, compared to $21.5 million for the full 2019 school year.
The number of families seeking special fee concessions was also up. By June, the value of fee concessions was quickly approaching the $6.74 million total reached in 2019.
“Catholic Education understands the need for families to have certainty and stability. That is why Catholic diocesan schools are providing families with the assurance that fees won’t rise in 2021,” Dr Sayce said.
While 14 non-diocesan Catholic schools have the autonomy to set their own fees, these schools have committed to minimising the impact of COVID-19 in their communities.
CEWA commits to zero percent fee increase for 2021 (Catholic Education Western Australia)