View a list of frequently asked questions and an information brochure about the CEF Bursary Program.

CEF Bursary Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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Who does the Foundation support?

The Catholic Education Foundation provides support through the bursary program. The program is available for families experiencing genuine financial hardship, as well as for students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or from a refugee background.

What are the eligible classes?

All three bursary categories; Financial Hardship, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Refugee are open to Primary and Secondary students enrolled across all thirteen year levels, Kindergarten to Year 6 and Years 7 to 12.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applications for financial support from the Catholic Education Foundation are available to families who have enrolled their child in the Sydney Catholic School system.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to apply for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary.

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.

Applications for all three bursary categories are open to students enrolled in any year level, Kindergarten to Year 12.

Please note, the Catholic Education Foundation Bursary Program is open to students enrolled in the Catholic school system in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Students attending independent private or congregational Catholic schools in Sydney are ineligible to apply for a Catholic Education Foundation Bursary.

How do I apply?

Parents seeking support from the Catholic Education Foundation are invited to speak to their local Catholic school Principal. At that time further information about the Catholic Education Foundation, including a current bursary application form will be provided.

Please note, the Catholic Education Foundation has made several improvements to the bursary application process, one of which includes applicants completing a statutory declaration. The statutory declaration is required to be completed by the fee payer applicant in front of a full time teacher or the school Principal. In line with the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 a commonwealth statutory declaration can only be witnessed by a full time teacher or school Principal.

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