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Fee relief for SA Catholic schools

South Australian Catholic schools will offer fee-free entry for reception students at its mid-year intake to help families struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

All Diocesan primary and combined schools will offer the term-three fee waiver which includes tuition costs and other compulsory charges.

It comes on top of fee reductions already introduced for existing students.

“Last year, we offered fee relief to any family unable to pay school fees due to the financial impact of COVID,” Catholic Education SA director Neil McGoran said.

“This year, we reduced the school fees in every Catholic primary school in the state.

“These reductions are now in place with an average reduction of $450 per student.”

Dr McGoran said the reductions had put $7.5 million back in the pockets of parents.

He said the reductions were occurring alongside a strategy aimed at strengthening the provision and experience of a Catholic education at each school.

“At the same time as we are introducing these reductions, we’re also focusing on improving educational and wellbeing outcomes for every student in our schools,” he said.

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