Compass Catholic Community

Compass Catholic Community is a fee-free school for 17 to 24 year olds. It is an alternative education option for people who have disengaged from schooling or employment, and are wanting to move back into education. Young adults can co-design their learning and participate in projects and workshops and complete SACE Stage 1 and 2 and some VET courses are also available.

There is a free on-site childminding for pre-kindy aged children that students have care of, as well as free breakfast and showers available.

If you are aged 17 to 24 years old, and interested in finding out more information, complete an Expressions of Interest form or call the school on the number below. People of all faiths and backgrounds are eligible to enrol.

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Skilled Careers

Training that works for you. If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, you may be able to pay reduced course fees.

To check your eligibility, please visit the website link provided or call 1800 673 097.

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School Card Scheme

The School Card scheme offers financial assistance with school fees (materials and services charges) for students attending government schools in each year.

If your school fees (materials and services charges) are less than the School Card subsidy, the scheme can also help with other educational expenses such as uniform, camp and excursion costs.

School Card is available to: families with children aged four years and over who attend school full time, independent full-time students studying year 10, 11 or 12 or adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE.

Eligibility for applications lodged in 2022 is based on the family's gross income in 2020/2021 - see website below for income limits.

For students at non-government schools, parents are encouraged to speak directly to the school about financial assistance.

Applications can be submitted online via the link below or you can request a form from your school


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Saver Plus Program

Saver Plus is a 10 month financial education and matched savings program that assists families to gain financial skills, establish a savings goal, and develop long-term saving habits. As an incentive, participants can receive up to $500 in matched savings to put towards a range of education costs.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 years or over
  • Have a child at school or attend vocational education yourself
  • Have a regular income from paid employment (you or your partner)
  • Have a current Health Care or Pension Card
  • Receive an eligible Centrelink payment

The Smith Family delivers the program in South Australia.

You can visit the website below for further information, or call / sms your name and postcode to 1300 610 355 to be connected with a member of your local Saver Plus Team.

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$100 Sports Vouchers

The Sports Vouchers program provides an opportunity for children to receive up to a $100 discount on sports, dance and learn to swim fees.

From 1 January 2022, the Sport Vouchers program has been expanded to include students in years 8 and 9.

All South Australian children aged 5 to 15 years old (inclusive) are now eligible to apply for the voucher. These children will have a year of birth from 2007 to 2017.

Speak with your Sporting Club to see if they have registered for the Sports Voucher Program or use the link below to search for a provider in your area.

To access the voucher please click on the link.


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Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the main way the government assists families with their child care fees. Child Care Subsidy is paid directly to your child care provider to reduce the fees you pay.

You may be eligible if you or your partner: care for your child at least 2 nights per fortnight, are liable for fees for care provided at an approved child care service and meet the residency rules. Your child must also meet immunisation requirements and not be attending secondary school unless an exemption applies.

The Child Care Subsidy percentage you are entitled to depends on your family's income. If your family's income is less than $69,390 you may be eligible for up to 85% of your child care fees.

If you’re doing less work, study or other recognised activity because of coronavirus (COVID-19), you can apply for extra CCS hours.

To apply for Child Care Subsidy click on the link below.


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HELP Loans

The Higher Education Loan Program (HELP Loans) assist students to pay for course fees and other services to support them in their studies.

There are four main HELP Loans:

  • HECS-HELP
  • FEE-HELP
  • SA-HELP
  • OS-HELP

Eligibility for each HELP Loan differs depending on your circumstances. Application forms are only available through your education provider, who will assess your eligibility.

As this is a loan, it will be repayable when your earning capacity reaches the compulsory repayment threshold.

Visit the Study Assist website for further information or contact them via the online 'contact us' form below.

 


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