Boarding fees

Piggy bankBoarding fees are an additional cost on top of tuition fees. Given that fees for full-time boarding can amount to more than $20,000 per annum they are, for many parents, a major factor in deciding whether or not to send their child to a boarding school. Some schools offer boarding scholarships or bursaries to assist with these costs.

As well as fees, there will often be an enrolment and/or deposit charge. As there are considerable differences between schools’ billing procedures, it is important to know what is and what is not included in the fee structure and to know when the bills will come. It is best to speak with the school directly and see what payment options are available.

In general, homestay accommodation costs are cheaper, but additional costs may be incurred if there are co-curricular activities to which the student is transported by the host family. An accommodation placement fee may also apply in some cases.

Read about the facilities at the Victorian boarding schools below:

Geelong Grammar School

Genazzano FCJ College

Huntingtower School

Melbourne Girls Grammar

Melbourne Grammar School

Methodist Ladies' College (MLC)

Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC)

Scotch College

St Catherine's School

The Kilmore International School

Xavier College

Read about the facilities at the Western Australian boarding schools below:

Catholic Education Western Australia: CEWA is a good starting point for those looking for more information about WA’s Catholic schools and their boarding options.

Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia: AISWA represents independent schools throughout the state. It provides a good starting point for finding information about boarding opportunities at these schools.

Department of Education: The Department of Education provides two boarding programs for Western Australian students — City Boarding, for gifted and talented students wishing to study at Perth Modern School, and Country Boarding, for students in regional areas. 

Read about the facilities at the Tasmanian boarding schools below:

The Hutchins School 

St Michael’sCollegiate

Fahan School

Scotch Oakburn College

Launceston Church Grammar School

The Friend’s School


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