Saturday 3 December 2016

What the charges at fee-paying schools may not cover

Ciara Treacy

Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30

Parents and guardians may be subject to a number of both compulsory and optional fees, increasing the total cost of their children’s education. Photo: PA
Parents and guardians may be subject to a number of both compulsory and optional fees, increasing the total cost of their children’s education. Photo: PA

Non-refundable deposits, lockers and stationery are some of the costs that may not be covered by the charges of fee-paying and boarding schools.

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Parents and guardians may be subject to a number of both compulsory and optional fees, increasing the total cost of their children's education.

For example, at Wesley College, Dublin, a non-refundable fee of €75 is payable on application and once a place is offered, a deposit of €600 is required, which is also non-refundable.

Those sending a child to Wesley for the first time will be required to pay a further €300 one year prior to the child attending, although this is credited against the first year's fees.

Wesley also states that should it consider "at any stage a pupil's extras may become greater than the deposit, the college may require a further deposit to be paid." All new families to Villiers School, Co Limerick, will be charged a building levy of €500 in the first term.

At St Columba's College, Dublin, the tuition does not cover extras such as internet access, gowns, house ties and dry cleaning.

Costs not covered in the fees for Midleton College, Co Cork, include textbooks and stationery (€250), lockers (€65), a first aid charge (€30), personal accident insurance (€25) and medical consultations (€65).

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The college states that other charges will be made as appropriate for exams, travelling and repairs or breakages.

At Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick, music lessons are €775 per year, tennis lessons and golf lessons come in at €300 each, while public speaking is €260.

Music at Alexandra College, Dublin, is €1,200 but is half the price if the instrument is shared.

A remission on fees may be offered at some schools where a pupil has been absent due to illness, including the King's Hospital, Dublin.

The school has an optional scheme whereby school fees are insured against absence through sickness for more than four consecutive days for boarders and five consecutive days for day pupils. The half-yearly premium is €115 for seven-day boarders, €105 for five-day boarders and €51 for day pupils.

Where a pupil may be withdrawn from a fee-paying or boarding school, many require at least one term's notice otherwise fees may still be charged.

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