The Catholic Education Foundation aims to provide financial support to Catholic families to ensure that their children receive the high quality Catholic education they deserve.

The Catholic Education Foundation Bursary Program provides support via three bursary categories; Financial Hardship Bursary, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary and Refugee Bursary. Together the three bursary categories work to give more families in need the opportunity to access financial assistance for their child to attend a Sydney Catholic school.

Click on the headings below to learn more about each bursary category.

Financial Hardship Bursary

Families experiencing genuine financial hardship who are in need of assistance to pay their school fees may apply for the Financial Hardship Bursary. The Financial Hardship Bursary is open to students enrolled within the Sydney Catholic School system and is not transferable to other archdioceses. The bursary category is open to students enrolled across all 13 year levels, Kindergarten to Year 6 and Years 7 to 12.

A Financial Hardship Bursary is usually granted for a three year period in Primary and Secondary schooling unless the student is in Years 5 or 6 or 11 or 12. In this case, the bursary is granted for one or two years until the end of the student’s Primary or Secondary schooling. At the end of the bursary period families may reapply if their financial situation has not improved.

A student transitioning to another Catholic school within the Sydney Catholic Schools system will maintain their bursary status, provided the transition has occurred within the active bursary period.

For more information on the bursary program refer to the Catholic Education Foundation brochure.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary

Since the first financial hardship bursaries were awarded in 2013 the foundation bursary program has grown to include a bursary for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The foundation’s vision is that every child has access to a quality education in a Sydney Catholic school. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary category was created in response to the under representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled in Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic schools. The introduction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary has had a positive effect on this community and that of Catholic schools within the Sydney Archdiocese, with more than 1,100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students now attending Sydney Catholic schools and receiving a quality Catholic education.

Students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander on their enrolment form are eligible to apply for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary.

The bursary category is open to students enrolled across all 13 year levels, Kindergarten to Year 6 and Years 7 to 12. The bursary is awarded for the duration of the student’s education and is not transferable to other archdioceses however, a student transitioning to another Catholic school within the Sydney Catholic Schools system will maintain their bursary status.

For more information on the bursary program refer to the Catholic Education Foundation brochure.

For information on the progressive phasing out of the Indigenous Scholarship Scheme.

Refugee Bursary

In 2014 the Catholic Education Foundation extended the bursary program to include the Refugee Bursary. This bursary ensures that children who have already suffered terribly as a result of trauma and displacement are given what every young person deserves, access to a high quality education. The Refugee Bursary is designed to make a difference to the lives of refugee families who have been living in our community less than three years and who require additional support to establish their lives in Australia.

To apply for a Refugee Bursary, the applicant must be the student’s fee payer. Students who hold a current humanitarian visa as identified on their enrolment form are eligible to apply for the Refugee Bursary, subject to meeting the Foundation’s criteria. Both the student and fee payer/s are required to hold a current valid humanitarian visa that is compliant with the humanitarian visa categories supported by the Foundation. In addition, the student’s fee payer/s must have arrived in Australia, or been living in the Australian community within the last three years.

The bursary category is open to students enrolled across all 13 year levels, Kindergarten to Year 6 and Years 7 to 12. A Refugee Bursary is awarded for a three year period and is not transferable to other archdioceses however, a student transitioning to another Catholic school within the Sydney Catholic Schools system will maintain their bursary status, provided the transition has occurred within the three year bursary period.

For more information on the bursary program refer to the Catholic Education Foundation brochure.