School Fees Exemption Calculator

Exemptions are standard at all state or government schools. The tool below is a guide to what you can get as an exemption discount on school fees if you apply for exemption for your child or children. Bear in mind this does not apply to private schools.
 
You will need details of school fees for the year, or per month and number of months, and income of biological or adoptive parents only (not grandparents or other adults who might be living in the home).

Step A

NOTE: Children at private school and at fees-free schools cannot be included in these calculations.

Click on the buttons to calculate the totals for the various sections.

Consider only the MOST expensive child.

Fees

Note: Some schools may require payments for up to 10 months and while others require 11 or 12 months, so please ensure that you've checked yours carefully.

or

Additional Cost

Note: Additional costs are monetary contributions demanded by the school above the cost of fees. This is usually for sports uniforms or school trips but not normal school uniforms.

Note: These are rolling totals until properly calculated.

Salaries

Note: Only biological parents or legal gaurdians income should be calculated and not that of aunts, boyfriends, grandparents or any other family member living at the same residence.

Note: These are rolling totals until properly calculated.

Step B

Correspond the Fee Exemption number in the left-hand column with the number of children

For example 3 children in the same school at 7% Fee Exemption get 86% discount.

If your exemption is 7.2 you should get 79% off your school fees, if you have 1 child.

If your exemption is 7.2 you should get 89% off your school fees, if you have 5 children

Number of children

Fee exemption 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2.0 0 0 0 0 0 11 20 27 33 38
2.5 0 0 0 14 25 33 40 45 50 54
3.0 0 7 22 33 42 48 53 58 61 64
3.5 7 26 38 47 54 59 63 66 69 71
4.0 25 40 50 57 63 67 70 73 75 77
4.5 39 51 59 65 69 73 76 78 80 81
5.0 50 60 67 71 75 78 80 82 83 85
5.5 59 67 73 77 80 82 84 85 86 87
6.0 67 73 78 81 83 85 87 88 89 90
6.5 73 78 82 85 87 88 89 90 91 91
7.0 79 83 86 88 89 90 91 92 93 93
7.5 83 87 89 90 92 93 93 94 94 95
8.0 88 90 92 93 94 94 95 95 96 96
8.5 91 93 94 95 96 96 96 97 97 97
9.0 94 96 96 97 97 98 98 98 98 98
9.5 97 98 98 98 99 99 99 99 99 99
10.0 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100

Step C

Fill in the Percentage discount here   %

Note: These are rolling totals until properly calculated.

Automatic exemptions (the Regulations, Section 1) are available to:

  1. A person who has the responsibility of a parent in respect of a child placed in:
    • A foster home;
    • a youth care centre;
    • a place of safety; or
    • an orphanage;

  2. A person who is a kinship caregiver of an orphan or of a child who:
    • has been abandoned by his or her parents; and
    • is without any visible means of support

  3. A person who receives a social grant on behalf of a child; or
  4. A child who heads a household or is part of a child headed household.
Calculator designed by Phillipa Tucker of the Education Law Project at CALS.
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