Fees and Charges

Related Policies and Links

College Fee Schedule

School Card Application Form

Hardship Application/School Card (Self-Employed)

College Fees

  • Portside Christian College receives Commonwealth and State Government funding which covers approximately 75% of the operating costs of the College. 
  • The remaining costs are funded through charges paid by College families.
  • College Fees are determined each year by the College Board.  The fee structure is set to cover budgeted costs for the coming year.
  • College Fees are charged for a year and include:
    • Tuition costs
    • Curriculum related excursions
    • A standard issue of stationery (Foundation-Year 6)
    • A year book per family (issued at the end of the calendar year)
  • Students in Foundation to 12 fees include:
    • A device on a three-year lease arrangement (unless another agreement is entered into)
  • Secondary students have higher College Fees to cover the additional costs associated with the provision of this level of education.  Their College Fees also include:
    • Camp fees (please note that refunds are not available for non-attendance)
    • An ID card
    • Printing credit
    • Provision of textbooks (some on loan from the College)
    • Any Open Access subjects
  • Discounts are available for siblings, for School Card Holders and for paying College Fees in advance.
  • Applications for School Card and Hardship discounts must be submitted annually at the commencement of each school year along with any supporting documentation.
  • College Fees are made available to families in Term 4 for the following school year, new families will receive this as part of their enrolment pack – see College Fee Schedule.
  • College Fees are payable at the commencement of each school year unless an approved Payment Plan via FACTS.

Additional Costs

  • Examples of items that are not included in the College Fees are listed below and are charged as they occur:
    • College Bus fees (casual use must be paid at time of booking)
    • Subject specific equipment (eg graphics calculators for specialist maths subjects)
    • VET course and training fees
    • Trade Training Courses and industry specific costs
    • Subject-related interstate trips and/or camps
    • Mission Trips
    • OSHC fees
    • ELC fees
  • For more information about these additional costs, see the College Fee Schedule.

College Fee Payment

  • An annual account and payment plan is provided to every College family at the commencement of the academic year.
  • All College Fees not paid in full at commencement of the academic year must be paid utilising a Payment Plan and undertaken via FACTS.

School Card Holders

  • The School Card Scheme is administered by the Department for Education and Child Development, and provides financial assistance towards the cost of educational expenses for students of low income families.
  • School Card concessions are made available to families meeting the College non-government
  • The College deducts part of the School Card allowance against the Composite Fee for each eligible student.
  • Eligibility for a School Card is decided by the State Government and may vary from year to year, annual application is required to be submitted to the College.
  • All College Fees not paid in full at commencement of the academic year must be paid utilising a Payment Plan and undertaken via FACTS.

Extreme Financial Hardship

  • The College Board recognises that financial hardship may be experienced by some families. Where financial hardship exists the payment of College fees should be discussed with the Business Manager.
  • Arrangements can be made (subject to the approval by the Business Manager) for College fees to be paid on a weekly or fortnightly basis.
  • In cases of extreme financial hardship, a Bursary Application can be made to the College Board.  In order to assess each application, a Bursary Application (available from the Business Manager) must be completed and forwarded to the Business Manager.  All Bursary Applications will be treated confidentially.
  • Bursaries are offered at the discretion of the College Board.  Consideration is given to families facing financial hardship through unemployment or other special circumstances.
  • Approval for a bursary is for a twelve-month period only unless otherwise stipulated.  For a continuation of the bursary beyond this period, a further application is required.
  • All College Fees not paid in full at commencement of the academic year must be paid utilising a Payment Plan and undertaken via FACTS.

Withdrawal of Students

  • Parents are required to give one term’s notice (i.e. ten weeks), in writing, if a student will not be continuing at the College. 
  • If the withdrawal notice is not provided, parents are liable for one term’s fees, unless there are mitigating circumstances that are acceptable to the College, as per the Conditions of Enrolment.
  • All student withdrawals must be notified in writing to the College Registrar at enrolments@portside.sa.edu.au
  • Prior to departing the College, an exit checklist must be completed by the College Registrar and signed by the College Principal for each student.

Payment for College Activities

  • Parents are encouraged to make online payments via the College bank account.
  • If sending any money to the College for activities, parents need to place the correct amount in a sealed envelope. 
  • On the envelope parents need to write:
    • The student’s name
    • The student’s class
    • The amount
    • What the money is for (eg excursion, fundraiser)

Voluntary Building Fund

  • The College operates a Voluntary Building Fund account for capital projects.
  • Donations (over $2) to this Fund are tax deductible.
  • For more information, see the College Business Manager or email finance@portside.sa.edu.au

VET Costs and Payment Scheme

  • The cost of VET courses vary and are not part of a student’s annual College fee. 
  • The College will contribute 50% (maximum of $1000) towards the registration cost of any partial or complete VET course chosen by a student in consultation with the College’s VET Coordinator.
  • The VET Payment Scheme is as follows: The Collegewill pay the full course registrationfee on behalf of the student then parents commence a reimbursement payment plan to the College for 50% of the course registration fee.
  • Any additional purchases for VET courses (eg safety boots, goggles, make-up) become the personal possession of the student.  Therefore, these costs are not the responsibility of the College and must be paid for by parents.
  • If a student withdraws from a course, parents agree to reimburse the College the cost of any cancellation charges passed onto the College or the full cost of the course, whichever is applicable (within 2 weeks)
  • Students with outstanding VET course payments will not be eligible to enrol in a subsequent VET course under the College’s VET Payment Scheme.
  • The College will contribute 30% (maximum of $400) toward the registration cost of any second partial or complete VET course chosen by a student in consultation with the College’s VET Coordinator.
  • The College’s VET Payment Scheme will not apply for students choosing to enrol in ‘VET Taster’ courses.

Related Policies and Links

College Fee Schedule

School Card Application Form

Hardship Application/School Card (Self-Employed)