International Student Fees

International Student Fees 2023 and Refund Policy

Please note: All costs are GST inclusive. These costs are current for 2023 and maybe subject to change for 2024.

Course Fees

Tuition Fees
Please contact the International Office for short term fees
$19,350per year
Administration fee$2,350per year
Accommodation Fees

Boarding in Sacred Heart College Hostel  
The annual boarding fee covers up to 40 weeks. Holiday accommodation and transfer for term breaks and public holidays can be arranged either by guardians/caregivers/agents, or by the International Office of the College at the boarder’s own expense.

$17,500per year

Boarding holiday homestay fee  
Compulsory for Term 1, 2, 3 breaks, public holidays and school mid-term breaks when the Hostel is closed, unless accommodation is arranged by guardians or caregivers. Fees are an estimate only.

$3,52510.5 weeks approximately

Homestay fees @ NZ$329 weekly$15,13446 weeks
Homestay administration and monitoring fee*
$480per year

Boarders' holiday homestay multi-placement fee 
Compulsory for boarders unless holiday accommodation arranged by guardian/caregivers, subject to the College’s approval.

$480up to 7 payments
Homestay compliance/monitoring fee
Compulsory for private or agent-arranged homestays
$170per year

Homestay holding fee  
Required if student wants his room to be kept for the Christmas and  New Year holidays, or taking a domestic or overseas trip longer than 2 weeks. 

$70per week
Guardianship Fee (for Boarders)

All International Students who are accepted into the Sacred Heart College Hostel, regardless of their age at the time of enrolment, MUST have a New Zealand Contact Person acting as their guardian (not a legal guardian). The guardianship fee is the fee charged only if the College arranges a professional guardian at the request of the parent(s) or caregivers. There is no fee if the parent(s) arranges their own guardian subject to the College’s approval.

$3,4004 Terms
Airport Meet and Greet** (see below)
$120one way
Additional Costs

Insurance (compulsory)$643per year
School uniform (allow extra for school shoes, laundry bag and bed sheets)$900basic requirements
Stationary and subject fees$320approximately 
NCEA examination fees (for Years 11, 12 & 13 only)$383.30per year

Please note: School co-curricular activities i.e. camp fees, sport fees, music tuition, instrument hire and field trips are not included. Tuition fees must be paid prior to the student starting at Sacred Heart College. 

Boarding fees must be paid one year in advance; homestay fees must be paid in advance.

*Homestay administration and monitoring fee - An additional $200 will be charged per placement that is at the request of the student and no fault of the homestay family.  

**Airport Meet and Greet - This is the homestay company charge for one collection of student from airport.

Tuition Fees Refund Policy

All fees stated on the invoice accompanying the Offer of Place are to be paid prior to the commencement of the enrolled course at Sacred Heart College. Payment of fees is confirmation and acceptance of the Enrolment Agreement for International Students and adherence to the Policies and Guidelines stated in the International Student Handbook.

  1. There is no refund of tuition fees, except in very exceptional circumstances (refer to clause 3).
  2. No refunds will be made:
    • If a student voluntarily withdraws from the College.
    • If a student transfers to another school part-way through their course.
    • If a student acquires permanent residency status or his parents are granted work permits after having already enrolled at the College as an International Student.
    • If a student’s enrolment is terminated by the College on the grounds of serious misconduct including but not limited to misbehaviour, unacceptable attendance, poor academic performance, violation of the School rules, criminal behaviour, or providing misleading or false information as part of the admission and enrolment process, and/or;
    • If a student returns home for any reason other than the exceptional circumstances approved by the Board of Trustees.
  3. Exceptional circumstances which may be submitted for consideration are:
    • the death or serious illness of a parent or sibling, in which the Student is required to return home immediately.
    • the College ceasing to provide a course as contracted with the student.
    • the College ceasing to be a signatory of the Education Code of Practice.
    • the College ceasing to be an Education provider.
  4. In order to be considered for any refund the Parent or Legal Guardian of an International Student must apply in writing to the Board of Trustee setting out the special circumstances of the claim and must include suitable and verifiable proof of evidence to support the claim. Application must be made at least 10 weeks in advance before it is considered and a decision is made.
  5. If an accepted application for refund is made before the commencement of the course, fees will be refunded less a NZ$2,350 administration fee.
  6. If an accepted application for refund is made after the commencement of the course, fees will be refunded less:
    • an administration fee of NZ$2,350.
    • MOE and Proprietor’s levies already paid by the school.
    • The components of the fee already committed for the full duration of the course, including General Purpose and Attendance Due and the salaries for teachers, teacher aides, and staff involved in the International programme.
    • Commission already paid to agents if applicable.
    • SHC Hostel fees for the full current Term in which a student has withdrawn and those prior.
  7. Any unused portion of fees paid to homestay, or fees for services not yet delivered or used, may be refunded. SHC Hostel fees for any completely unattended Terms may be refunded upon application to the Hostel Board.
  8. All refunds will be made to the person who paid the fees i.e. the parent, guardian, or parental representative.

Fees Protection Policy

Rationale and Guidelines

The school is required to ensure that all students' fees are protected in the event that the College is unable to continue to offer tuition to International Students or in the event that a student is required to return home. The Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart College confirms that the Tuition Fees of International Students will not be spent by the College prior to the tuition being provided.

Other costs

Medical and Travel Insurance

International Students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand and Sacred Heart College. This is a Code of Practice requirement. Medical and Travel Insurance can be arranged through the College with the Student Safe Insurance Plan. If students wish to purchase their own insurance, they must provide a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings to the College. The International Department will determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the student’s medical, travel and potential repatriation needs.

Eligibility for Health Services

International Students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

The Accident Compensation Corporation

In New Zealand ACC provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. International Students may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

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