Bialik College is a place where students, staff and our community can grow together. This means that we want to actively develop a culture of inclusivity and diverse thinking at school as well as contribute to the continued growth and success of Melbourne’s Jewish community.
To make sure we are growing together we offer Fee Assistance to eligible families to ensure that all Jewish children can access a world-class Jewish education regardless of their parents’ financial situation. Some families will be unable to afford school fees because of either their limited income and/or their temporary financial circumstances.
The assistance is available in three main ways:
- by providing flexibility in payment terms for current school fees;
- by deferring fees in the short-to-medium term; or,
- by providing a long-term interest free loan which can in certain circumstances be capped.
The process for applying and granting fee assistance is treated confidentially both within the school as well as in the wider community. Teaching staff have no access to information about whether a family is receiving fee assistance or not.
The application process involves a family providing a disclosure of their financial position through the completion of a Fee Assistance Application and Agreement form. This is followed by a meeting between the family and a member of the Fee Assistance Committee, and notification of the level and nature of support is provided promptly.
A member of the Fee Assistance Committee works compassionately with each family to ensure that they receive the appropriate level of assistance. In addition to the normative financial situation of a family, the College recognises that financial support can be required at times of stress, such as relocation, redundancy, or family trauma.
Repayment obligations are individually and respectfully assessed. Depending on the family’s financial situation, reviews are generally undertaken annually to determine if a family’s financial position has changed.
Additional information about the fee assistance process can be found here.
If you would like to apply for Fee Assistance or you would like some further information, please contact Bialik’s Relationship and Credit Manager on (03) 9822 7981 or [email protected]