Highest in nation
Great article researched by Ashley Argoon and published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun We Jan 30th 2019 on page 5.
A lot of parents put a lot of pressure on themselves to give their kids a good education but it doesn’t compare to the example they can give them in the home. Standard education will take you so far but it’s the education after the education that will really pay off, I’m talking about self education.
City’s education costs among highest in nation
MELBOURNE parents are battling some of the highest education costs in Australia — no matter where the student goes — new research shows.
At $70,604, the cost of sending a child to public school for 13 years in Melbourne was 2.7 per cent higher than the national average, and the second-most costly behind Brisbane.
Figures from the ASG Planning for Education Index and Monash University also reveal the cost of a private education in Melbourne — $438,390 across a 13-year school life — is almost 50 per cent higher than the national average.
In addition, regional Victoria has been named the most expensive place in the nation to send a child to a private school.
While the cost of private metro schooling in Victoria is second only to Sydney as the most expensive, regional Victoria is comparatively the most expensive place in the nation for an independent education.
ASG chief executive Ross Higgins said regional Victoria had “a number of elite schools” while metropolitan Melbourne had a strong concentration of private schools with students from interstate and abroad.
“They’re the most affluent schools in the country and have a long history,” he said.
However, the ASG study found a Catholic education in Melbourne costs 4.3 per cent less than the national average at $121,547.
The study also found hidden fees hit public school parents’ hip pocket more than the cost of tuition.
Parents of public high school students and private school students in Melbourne face extra costs of more than $4000 a year.
Uniforms, devices, camps and excursions add $4336 to a metro public secondary student’s fees — $112 more in added costs than their private school counterparts. “For the hidden costs, people are caught unaware,” Mr Higgins said.
“People with kids in government schools do think it’s a free education. They don’t understand the magnitude of what that may mean for two or three kids.”
Mr Higgins said education costs had risen at more than double the rate of inflation over the past decade.