Mackay Christian College is a non-profit organisation, the aim of which is to provide an affordable quality Christian education. All government funding and other income, is expended on improving the facilities and resources of the College, as well as in the day to day running of the school.
The College Board is committed to providing a financially accessible education by way of keeping fees as low as possible and yet to provide excellent facilities, resources and opportunities for students. As part of our commitment to help families we will no longer charge tuition fees for fourth or consecutive children.
School fees are calculated for the full school year and are invoiced at the beginning of Term 1. You will receive an invoice at the start of each term. Flexible payment options are available weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
All billing correspondence will be sent home with the eldest child in the family or sent via email to the nominated email address for the person responsible for paying College fees. If preferred we can mail it to the nominated postal address. Please inform us if your email or address has changed so you do not miss any correspondence sent to you.
Methods of Payment
Payment in Advance – If you would like to pay your fees for the whole year a 5% discount on tuition fees will be applied if paid by 31st March. Please contact the Accounts Department for your total fees for the year.
Our preferred method of payment is Direct Debit. For your convenience, tuition fees can also be paid over the phone using Mastercard or Visa, online via BPAY or in person via cash, cheque, EFTPOS, MasterCard or Visa.
Payment is due no later than 30 days from the date of invoice. The College is dependent upon the timely and full payment of accounts to meet operating costs. Non-payment will be follwed up promptly. When parents face unexpected financial difficulties, it is important that discussions are held with the Accounts Department. If we have not been advised of any financial circumstances, a formal arrangement will be used to recover all outstanding fees including the possible use of debt collectors.
Early Learning Centre is billed at $35 per day for Part time Kindy. The Long Day Care Kindy is $85 per day, open term time and school holidays. If you enrol your child into our MCC Early Learning Centre Long Day Care Kindy program you may apply to receive a Centrelink Child Care Subsidy (CCS) via your myGov account.
Fees are charged for school terms only as per the Mackay Christian College calendar (public holidays are included). Full fees are payable for absences due to family holidays, illness or days when the MCC Early Learning Centre is closed for statutory holidays. If a student identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or both they may also claim QKFS Plus Kindy Support Subsidy.
A deposit of $150 is required at the time of application to secure a possible place for your child and will be used as your registration fee. This is to be paid before applications can be processed. If your application is unsuccessful, the full deposit of $150 will be refunded to you. However, if you choose to withdraw your application, this deposit is non-refundable.
Pick up time for ELC children is 2:50pm. The MCC Early Learning Centre closes at 3:00pm. Long Day Care Kindy hours from 7.30am to 5.30pm including school holidays.
Regulations state that at least two staff must be at the Early Learning Centre while there are children on site and one must be the Director, Assistant Director or Teacher.
If children are collected after pick up time, late fees are charged at the rate of $1.00 per minute to cover the payment of overtime for the two staff members.
It is important that parents phone the MCC Early Learning Centre if they are going to be late. If this has not happened, the child’s emergency contact persons will be asked to collect the child.
In the event that neither parents nor emergency contact persons can be reached within half an hour the local Police department will be informed.
Mackay Christian College Family Assistance is a response to the steady decline in employment opportunities locally. The increase in unemployment has meant that some people who want to give an MCC opportunity for their children have not been able to do so.
The College policy remains that assistance will be given to anyone who needs help with the payment of fees from time to time. No student will be denied a quality Christian education on the basis of finances. Read about our Family Assistance below for more information. The message that Mackay Christian College will help people if they have a financial need is a message we know is well understood inside the College community. We want to get that message out to the rest of Mackay.
If you find yourself in financial difficulty during the year please make an arrangement to speak with a member of the College’s Accounts Department.
Frequently asked questions
- What is Family Assistance?
Family Assistance is financial help to pay the costs of education.
- What level of support does MCC Family Assistance give?
This will be evaluated on the basis of what a family can afford to contribute themselves. It might be only a small percentage of the total tuition fees – but it might also be all of the tuition fees.
- How does someone get MCC Family Assistance?
Families will complete a simple application form – similar to the normal enrolment forms (available below).
- Can current College families apply for MCC Family Assistance?
Yes. The College has always been prepared to help anyone who needs assistance with tuition fees. Existing families can write to, email, phone, or make an appointment to see the Accounts Manager who will make the necessary arrangements.
- How long will my family be eligible for Family Assistance?
You can apply for Family Assistance for up to 12 months at a time. Any Family Assistance offered will be reviewed at the commencement of each school year at which time you may reapply.