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 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 year students studying year 10, 11 or 12
  • adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE.

Applications

School Card applications for the 2020 school year have closed. The Department for Education will accept new applications where there are exceptional circumstances. Please lodge these directly with your school.

Income limits

The tables below list the income limits for applications lodged in 2020 – based on the family's gross income in 2018/2019.

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 children Gross annual income limit Gross weekly income limit
1 child $60,264 $1,159
2 children $61,340 $1,180
3 children $62,416 $1,201
4 children $63,492 $1,222
5 children $64,568 $1,243
More than 5 children Add $1,076 for each dependent child Add $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).

Independent schools income limits

The income limits for independent schools may differ for each school. Please speak to your child’s school for details.

Catholic schools income limits

Number of dependent children Gross annual income limit Gross weekly income limit
1 child $60,264 $1,159
2 children $61,340 $1,180
3 children $62,416 $1,201
4 children $63,492 $1,222
5 children $64,568 $1,243
More than 5 children Add $1,076 for each dependent child Add $21 for each dependent child

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Contact

For more information or help to complete the form talk to your school or phone freecall 1800 672 758.
Email: education.schoolcard@sa.gov.au


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Page last updated 27 November 2020

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