Good Samaritan Catholic College aims to provide a quality education to all students and in order for this to be achieved, fees and levies need to be charged. Fees and Levies collected at Good Samaritan Catholic College are used for the following purposes which are aligned to the Vision and Mission of the College:
· Provide teaching, administrative and classroom support · Provide essential resources, materials, facilities and equipment· Assist with providing activities such as excursions· Maintain buildings, grounds and other facilities· Provide new buildings and grounds enhancements · Support the college building program. The College charges a “Parents and Community Levy" to support the initiatives of the parents and community within the college. For those families experiencing short or long-term genuine inability to pay fees, we are committed to providing support to ensure that enrolment is not compromised. Please refer to our concession policy for further information including the concession application process.
School Fee and Levy Collection Process 1. School fees and levies are charged on an annual basis during the first week of Term 1 in accordance with approved College School Fees and Levies for each year (available on our website). Fees can be paid annually or via a payment plan (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly) by arrangement with the College.
2. Fees are due to be paid within 30 days of the issue of the School Fee Statement. The due date will be noted on the statement. 3. Where a parent/guardian believes financial circumstances have arisen that will prevent or delay the payment of the school fee account, a variety of options are available:
a) Extension of time
If an extension is required, please contact the college finance office prior to when the debt is due.
b) Payment Plans
Payment of the school fee and levy account by regular instalments. All payment plans must ensure that the account is cleared by the last day of the school year or as negotiated with the Principal and/or Business Manager.
c) Fee Concessions
In cases of financial hardship an application may be made for a fee concession. (i) Concession applications are accepted at the commencement of each year or when the hardship within the family occurs. Concessions are issued for a maximum period of 12 months within a calendar year. Consideration for a subsequent 12 month period will require a new application.(ii) A compassionate and just approach under the mission and values of Brisbane Catholic Education and Good Samaritan Catholic College is used when reviewing applications. The same process is adopted by all Brisbane Catholic Education colleges for assessing eligibility.
(iii) Concession application forms are available at the college finance office.
(iv) All matters are dealt with on a confidential basis. 3. Recovery of unpaid fees
a. In fairness to families who pay their school fees regularly and on time, our college will follow up all overdue school fee accounts.
b. A reminder statement/notice/letter will be issued within 14 days to any family who has not settled their school fee account by the due date where a payment plan or other arrangements are not in place.
c. If payment or a suitable response is not received within 14 days of the reminder statement, contact with the parent will be made via telephone, mail or email.
d. If after two weeks from this second reminder satisfactory arrangements have not been reached, the account may be sent to the college Debt Collection agency. In serious cases, where there is clear capacity to pay outstanding fees, legal options may be pursued by the college.
e. Legal costs, direct debit rejection fees and any debt collection costs or other costs incurred will be at the family's expense.
Agreed Payment Plans
As mentioned in point 3b above, our college offers families the opportunity of paying the school fee account by regular instalments over the course of the year. All Agreed Payment Plans must be organised to include a regular schedule of payment. Any extensions to an Agreed Payment Plan must be negotiated with the Business Manager. To establish an Agreed Payment Plan, forms are available on the College website, Parent Portal or from the College finance office.
Late Start Enrolment
New students entering Good Samaritan Catholic College after the commencement of the term may be charged on a pro-rata basis for the remaining weeks of the term where appropriate at the Principal's and/or College Business Manager's discretion.
Withdrawal of Enrolment
Fees will be payable on a pro-rata basis for the term in which the enrolment is terminated. For a reduction in fees a written request must be made to the Principal at the time of notification and may be granted at the Principal's discretion.
Student text books, library books and laptops and all accessories are to be returned to the School. If any fees remain outstanding, they will be payable as per the normal payment terms and where appropriate, any fees in credit will be refunded.
Extended Leave/ Holding an enrolment place
Fees will be payable for the whole term in which extended leave is taken. For a reduction in fees a written request must be made to the Principal at the time of notification and may be granted at the Principal's discretion. Consideration will be given to the length of the break, the nature of the leave, the time the student has been at the college, the number of previous leave occurrences and the existence of student waiting lists.