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.

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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

Our From the Heart Giving Program has been established so that employees of Sydney Catholic schools – no matter whether you are teaching or work in administration – can support the work of the Catholic Education Foundation. By giving from the heart, you are supporting programs, such as our bursary programs for financially disadvantaged, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, as well as refugee students, who have recently arrived in Australia on a humanitarian visa.

By nominating as little as $1 a day, you are helping with the development of the whole child by ensuring they receive the gift of education in one of our Sydney Catholic schools. You can nominate to have an amount taken out of your salary each fortnight, which is paid directly to the Catholic Education Foundation. As all contributions are tax deductible, you will receive a receipt for your donation at the end of the financial year.

From the Heart Giving Program supports the Catholic Education Foundation Bursary Program. The Catholic Education Foundation Bursary program ensures that no child is denied the opportunity to a Catholic education due to genuine hardship

As educators and employees in our Sydney Catholic schools, we put students at the centre of everything we do. We place the person of Jesus Christ at the heart of what and how we teach, and we do this in an environment that is pastoral, nurturing and encouraging.

Not all children living in Sydney have the opportunity to receive the wonderful gift, of Catholic education. This may be due to their family’s financial circumstances, the communities they come from, or even due to the trauma of displacement from the country they have fled.

Our bursary program exists to assist families in providing a Catholic education. Such an opportunity allows students to learn and grow academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually; gifts that may not always be available to them in their home lives or social communities.

If you wish to make an ongoing contribution to the Catholic Education Foundation, please complete the form. Your contribution will be deducted fortnightly from your net salary, please note that all donations over $2.00 are fully tax deductible.

The Catholic Education Foundation will provide a receipt at the end of each financial year.

From the Heart Giving Program Brochure