Private school fees on the rise

PRIVATE school fees in Ipswich are increasing at unprecedented rates as a demand for technology forces parents to dig deeper into their pockets.

Ipswich Grammar School is the city's most expensive school with its fees jumping seven per cent for the 2011 school year.

This is higher than the school's five per cent increase from 2009 to 2010.

It will cost $12,200 for a Year 12 student to attend IGS next year, up from $11,300.

The fees for the school have increased 12 per cent in two years.

St Edmund's College has increased its fees nearly six per cent to $4988; a rise the school's principal Brendan Lawler admitted was greater than normal.

But this figure is all inclusive, whereas other private schools in the region add on costs for schools camps.

“We normally increase fees by four or five per cent each year, but we have made the decision to raise them by six per cent because of rising costs across the education sector, especially technology,” Mr Lawler said.

“We are very aware how tough many families in Ipswich are doing, but our fees are still quite low.

“Technology costs for a school are increasing and this is driving fees up.”

West Moreton Anglican College has bucked the trend, increasing its fees an average 3.75 per cent across all year levels.

Other private schools in Ipswich raised their fees by only five or six per cent, which is in accordance with September Consumer Price Index figures that showed an annual rise in education costs of 5.8 per cent.

Ipswich Girls' Grammar fees for next year were unavailable. They were the most expensive school last year at $11,600 for senior school students per year.

But Ipswich parents are not being charged nearly as much as Brisbane Girls Grammar School parents, who will fork out $17,480 next year for a Year 12 student, an eight per cent rise.

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