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.
School Card is available to:
- families with children aged four years and over who attend a school full time
- independent full-time students studying year 10, 11 or 12
- adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE.
School Card A
This is the most commonly used school card application. Use this form if you are liable for your child’s school fees and you're not:
- an independent youth
- an adult re-entry student
- a migrant who arrived in Australia after 1 July 2019
- receiving Veteran’s Affairs benefits
- applying for a foster child in your care.
School Card S (adult re-entry student)
Use this if you're an adult re-entry student – over 18, returning to study and have not achieved your SACE.
School Card Y (independent student)
Use this if you're a student who receives Independent Youth Allowance as at 28 February 2021.
School Card B (hardship, change of circumstances or self-employed)
For use where:
- your income for 2019/20 is over the School Card limits but you experienced hardship in the 2019/2020 financial year
- you have had a change of financial circumstances during the 2019/2020 financial year up to and including 28 February 2021
- you are self-employed.
School Card M (migrants or new arrivals)
Use if you have arrived in Australia or have been released from a detention centre since 1 July 2019.
School Card V (veteran's affairs)
Use if you receive of Veteran’s Affairs benefits.
School Card F (informal and formal care agreement)
For use where one or more students:
- are under an informal care agreement (informal foster arrangement) or
- have come into your care through a court order (formal foster arrangement) as at 28 February 2021 or
- where the child or children are being cared for by a grandparent(s) or other family members and caregivers as at 28 February 2021.
School Card R (reassessment)
Use if you have submitted an application but were assessed as not eligible and you want to be reassessed.
2020 school year applications
School Card applications for the 2020 school year have closed.
The tables below list the income limits for applications lodged in 2021 – based on the family's gross income in 2019/2020.
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 – such as 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|
|More than 5 children||Add $1,087 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.
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