College freezes fees to help families doing it tough

AFFORDABLE: Heights College principal Darren Lawson supports not increasing school fees next year.
AFFORDABLE: Heights College principal Darren Lawson supports not increasing school fees next year. Chris Ison Rokccollege

WITH a mining downturn and increased pressure on household incomes, Heights College have decided to freeze their 2016 school fees.

In a letter to parents in August, the school announced it would not increase its Annual Aggregate Fee, which takes in tuition and camp fees as well as a general levy.

School principal Darren Lawson said fees last year increased by 3.3%, matching national inflation and CPI levels.

He said fees for a Year 12 student were roughly $4900.

"We know that economic conditions in this region are difficult and parents are struggling," he said.

He said economic pressures were to be expected when there were roughly 800 parents in the school community.

Mr Lawson said the school would review fees again next year, but any increases would not aim to make up for the freeze.

"We'll see how everything goes," he said.

"We're not going to catch back up with any increases, but the general principle is we just want to be as affordable as we can for parents while not compromising the education we offer.

"We just want to remain affordable for parents.

"We want to be the best school we can be, but it was never the vision of the school to price parents out of the market."


School fees

Rockhampton Grammar School will announce its 2016 fees in late November. Fees for secondary school students annually are currently roughly $10,482 (tuition, sundry expenses levy, capital maintenance levy, technology levy and class set levy).

Diocese of Rockhampton Catholic Education will increase fees by 3% across all schools, including Emmaus College and The Cathedral College. Currently annual senior secondary school (Years 11 and 12) fees are $3027 (tuition, building levy, technology levy).

Rockhampton Girls Grammar School will announce its 2016 fees after a board meeting at the end of October. Currently, annual secondary school fees are $10,580 (tuition fees, sundry expenses levy, technology levy, capital levy).

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