The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is a proud initiative of Sydney Catholic Schools, providing eligible* families with school fee support, to attend one of our 150 primary or secondary schools in the Sydney Archdiocese. *based on criteria

School fee support is provided via our bursary program. A bursary from the Catholic Education Foundation can cover some of the cost of school fees and other charges, with the family paying a co-contribution, once a criteria assessment has been completed.

  • from families living in government housing
  • from families who are Centrelink dependent
  • from low-income families
  • from single-parent families

You will need to request an application form from the Sydney Catholic school you wish for your child/ren to attend. Once you complete an application form and provide supporting documentation for your assessment, you will then need to return this application form to the principal of the Sydney Catholic school you obtained it from.

Want to know more?:

Visit . To apply speak with your school principal or call 9568 8158.

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, however we encourage you to contact your school directly.

  • Gratitude and Grace (School Fee Support)
  • Dream, Strive and Thrive (School Fee Support)
  • Seeking Peace (School Fee Support)
  • Believe You Can
  • Emergency Assistance Program

CEF Year 12 Social Justice & Excellence in Learning Award

Each Secondary College is invited to nominate a Year 12 Recipient for this
award in Term 3. The award will be presented at their College Awards
Presentation in that term by either a Sydney Catholic Schools Staff member
or a College representative.

Schools can nominate a student via the CEF Nomination Form which lists the below criteria. All
nominations need to be submitted to the CEF by the due date.

  • Preferably be Catholic and have a connection to their faith
  • Have a character which displays empathy and compassion
  • Lead by example, be an independent thinker and not swayed by peer group
  • Stand up for what they believe in
  • Set a good example to peers and school communities
  • Have a consistent approach to their studies
  • Go beyond with a Community, Parish or Youth group
  • Display a personal learning excellence
  • Does not necessarily have to be a university bound student
  • Have a real commitment to studies without being concerned about their
  • Demonstrate achievement as well as growth
  • Be actively involved in Social Justice activities
  • Have a real passion for and advocate for a cause
  • Educate the community with fundraising
  • Be involved in a Social Justice program connected to the Catholic faith
  • Significant outreach to the marginalised or a cause (Environmental project or community service)
  • Engage in what the school offers with outreach and be about the school commitment

CEF Teaching Scholarship

This scholarship has been introduced to support ten Year 12 students and partially provide financial support for a Year 12 student to attend ACU Strathfield or Notre Dame Sydney Campus to undertake a Teaching degree. The amount will be $2k per year paid at the end of each semester provided the student attains a Pass or better in each subject.

This Scholarship is offered to selected schools within Sydney Catholic Schools. The student completes an application form and the College Principal recommends and supports the application. The application is emailed with the student’s current Year 12 report to the CEF by the closing date.