What payment options are available?
Direct Debit is the preferred payment option. Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly using the Bank Direct Debit authority system on your cheque, savings or credit card account. Authority forms for this method are available from your school, the SCEA office, and below.
Alternatively, payments may be made by the following methods at your local school, or at the SCEA office located at 1 Padbury Terrace, Midland.
- Online Banking: Bank – ANZ BSB – 016 359 Account number – 427966947. Please use your Account number (located on the top right-hand side of the statement) and your surname as a reference.
- Mail: Please make all cheques payable to Swan Christian Education Association and mail to PO Box 254, Midland WA 6936.
- Telephone payments: To pay your account by phone, please call (08) 9374 5405 or (08) 9274 6411. Please have your credit card details ready.
When do I pay?
- Annual Tuition Fees and the School Development Fund are billed at the start of each year, and can be paid:
- By a direct debit agreement, with quarterly, monthly, fortnightly, or weekly payments available.
- Annually in advance (with an early settlement discount available if full payment is received before 28 February).
- Quarterly in advance, with the balance due on or before the first day of school for that term.
- Upfront payments can be made by Bank Direct Deposit, Cash, Cheque, EFTPOS, or Credit Card.
How does the Direct Debit cycle work?
- The Direct Debits cycle runs from the first of February to the end of November, with quarterly, weekly, fortnightly or monthly options available.
- If you wish to cancel your direct debit arrangement, please notify us by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Direct Debits will be adjusted each year to reflect changes in fees or changes in the number of students attending per family.
- Direct debits may need to be adjusted midyear, to ensure that additional costs incurred during the course of the year, are paid for before the end of the school year.
- The initial direct debit calculation at the start of each year does not include any additional fees, such as extra-curricular activities, that may be incurred during the year.
- You will be notified of any changes and you have the right to cancel the direct debit arrangement at any time, provided you give us 7 calendar days’ notice of the cancellation in writing.
How do I calculate the amount of my direct debit?
- A letter will be sent to you to advise you of the direct debit amount before the end of January each year.
- Please remember to advise us of any changes in writing.
Direct debit calculations can be made as follows: take the total annual amount of your tuition fees and
- if paying weekly divide the total by 44
- if paying fortnightly divide the total by 22
- if paying monthly divide the total by 10
- In 2019, quarterly deductions are made on 15/2/2019, 10/5/2019, 2/8/2019, and 25/10/2019.
What if I want to cancel a Direct Debit?
- Direct Debit arrangements can be cancelled by notifying us in writing with at least 7 calendar days’ notice.
Where can I get a Direct Debit Authority form?
What about additional charges during the year?
- SCEA aims to have a simple fee structure, however, some curricular activities, excursions, books and consumables may be charged separately.
- If your child incurs costs for non-compulsory activities (such as private music lessons or overseas tours) these fees can be added to your direct debit deduction, or you can choose to pay these additional fees separately by cash, cheque, credit card or via EFT into our bank account.
- We usually review the number of direct debit deductions in June and will contact you if the amount needs to increase due to additional fees.
- You will receive statements that will bring any additional fees to your attention and these statements will inform you of any changes and increases to total school fees.
- Additional charges are not subject to discounts.
What if my payment is late?
- Where fees remain unpaid by the end of a term, a late payment fee of $50 per month will be charged until all overdue payments are made.
Are there any other possible fees?
- In the event of a payment request being rejected due to insufficient funds being available in a nominated account, any fees from banks or other institutions charged to SCEA will be recovered from parents or guardians.
Any expenses, costs or disbursements incurred by the Association in recovering any outstanding monies including debt collection fees and solicitors costs will be paid by the debtor.