School Card scheme

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

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

Parents of students at non-government schools should speak directly to the school about financial assistance.

Eligibility

School Card is available to:

  • families with children aged four years and over who attend a school full-time
  • independent full time years 10 or 11 students who are studying six subjects
  • independent full time year 12 students who are studying five subjects
  • adult re-entry students undertaking Department for Education funded subjects at a government school.

Applications

Applicants need to complete an application form at the beginning of each year. Forms can be submitted from the start of January.

The application period for 2019 closed on 22 November 2019. Application forms will not be available until the 2020 application period.

The reassessment form is still available. If you need help completing the form, talk to your school or call the School Card team.

Phone: 1800 672 758 (free call).

Reassessment

For applicants to request their application be reassessed after not being approved for School Card assistance for the 2019 school year.

Form R: reassessment

Income limits

The tables below list the income limits for applications lodged in 2019 – based on the family's gross income in 2017/2018.

To qualify for school card, your family's gross income must be below a certain limit. This limit depends on how many dependent children you have and whether your child attends a government, independent, or Catholic school.

You will need to provide proof of income – eg payslips or Centrelink information.

Eligibility income limits for a student attending a government school

Number of dependent childrenGross annual income limitGross weekly income limit
1 child$59,432$1,143
2 children$60,493$1,164
3 children$61,554$1,185
4 children$62,615$1,206
5 children$63,676$1,227
More than five childrenAdd $1,061 for each dependent childAdd $21 for each dependent child

Eligibility income limits for a student attending a non-government school

The income limits for students attending non-government schools are set by the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) and Catholic Education South Australia (CESA). If you have questions about the income limits for independent schools, contact AISSA. For questions about the income limits for Catholic schools, contact CESA.

Independent schools

Number of dependent childrenGross annual income limitGross weekly income limit
1 child$38,892$748
2 children$39,953$769
3 children$41,014$790
4 children$42,075$811
5 children$43,136$832
More than five childrenAdd $1,061 for each dependent childAdd $21 for each dependent child

Catholic schools

Number of dependent childrenGross annual income limitGross weekly income limit
1 child$59,432$1,143
2 children$60,493$1,164
3 children$61,554$1,185
4 children$62,615$1,206
5 children$63,676$1,227
More than five childrenAdd $1,061 for each dependent childAdd $21 for each dependent child

Related information

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Contact

For more information or assistance with completing the form talk to your school or phone freecall 1800 672 758.
Email: DECD.Schoolcard@sa.gov.au


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Page last updated 26 November 2019

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