Sep 19, 2014
Melbourne School Caps Tuition Fee

Yeshivah Beth Rivkah Colleges of Melbourne has introduced an innovative capped school fee ensuring education is accesible for all.

Private education has become cost prohibitive to many parents especially those with 2 or more children at school. Yeshivah Beth Rivkah Colleges (YBR), one of Victoria’s most academically successful schools, with quality Jewish and General education and outstanding VCE and NAPLAN results, has developed an innovative capped fee scheme. This scheme recognises the current financial pressures on families trying to provide their children with an excellent Jewish education.

With current enrolments of over 1,300 students and growing, YBR delivers a comprehensive educational programme designed to empower students with the necessary academic and life skills to achieve success in contemporary society.

Rabbi Smukler, Principal of YBR says; “Our unique CAPS programme will give eligible parents certainty about the maximum annual school fees they will pay for all their school age children at YBR based on a percentage of their total Household Income. For example, a family with a total household income of $130,000 per annum will be charged 10% of their income in fees being $13,000 per annum, regardless of how many children they enrol in the school. The balance of the fees will be written off with the exception of some charges and levies, which relate specifically to the child’s enrolment such as subject and security levies and camp fees.

“Dependent upon their income, eligible parents will pay between 8-18% of their total annual household income in school fees for all their children in school and importantly, YBR guarantees not to increase the proportion of income new parents need pay for six years unless the parent’s financial circumstances change.

“At YBR we have long been concerned that private education has not been readily affordable. It is our strong belief that every Jewish child deserves to have a Jewish education therefore we were determined not to let the cost of learning stand in the way of providing that strong educational foundation for all Jewish children.

“We were also determined to enhance the dignity of those requiring fee remissions and remove the associated stigma for families needing financial assistance by having a simple and transparent online application process.

“YBR are committed to providing quality education where children feel proud of their Jewish identity. We cater for the individual and for children from a wide range of backgrounds. Our philosophy is to engender Jewish and Australian values imbued with the inclusive Chabad philosophy - qualities of caring for others, compassion, self-motivation and an appreciation for Jewish life. YBR provides a nurturing environment with happy kids who are truly loved and cared for by their teachers. Emphasis is placed on the entire spectrum of personal development - mental, emotional, spiritual, academic, social and physical.

“Determining if the CAPS scheme works for you involves a simple, non-intrusive and quick process. Prospective parents can work out their indicative fee level on an anonymous ground-breaking online tool found at or make an appointment with the school admissions officer.”

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BH,if you have 10 or 20 kids you pay as the one who has 1 kid
(9/19/2014 11:35:11 AM)
Too early to know
I know one thing. parents in Crown heights are squeezed by the yeshivas and this a major cause of sholom bayis kids that leave yeshivah and worse. I believe other Chabad mosdos around the world do the same ESPECIALLY the girls Seminaries. ENOUGH already. Hire fund raisers
(9/19/2014 11:48:18 AM)
great idea
Well done Nechama Bendet and yeshiva college.
You make us Aussies proud!
(9/19/2014 1:25:49 PM)
This is fabulous!!! Kol Hakavod!!! IYH Other schools will follow this wonderful lead and initiative
(9/19/2014 2:06:50 PM)
Kol HaKavod!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember the days when all Jewish children were entitled and received a Jewish education just because they were Jewish!
(9/19/2014 2:56:40 PM)
This will be the new trend
There is a group of shluchim bringing there balbatem to cover tuition in all Crown heights Mosdos
No more tuition
(9/19/2014 4:01:28 PM)
Best school in the world
Proud Beth Rivkah graduate!
(9/20/2014 8:02:11 PM)
This system works
Its about time all crown heights schools take it on
Hire more alumni to be fundraisers on commission only
I would be more comfortable giving extra donations to the schools if there was such a CAP this way I know everybody is equally paying tuition from day one
The family with one child today in seven years will have 6 kids in the school and the guy with 6 kids in school now in seven years will only have one left in school
It's long term and it will work

(9/20/2014 8:54:46 PM)
melbourne rocks
We in ch need to learn from Melbourne.
(9/20/2014 9:49:18 PM)
The Australian Government gives millions of dollars in tuition assistance to children attending private schools. The school gets plenty of cash aside from the parent's tuition. It's time to step up the pressure on our govt. to do the same so our mosdos could afford to also!
(9/21/2014 1:05:20 AM)
what happens when you have only 1 child left, as the rest are in yeshiva gedolas or seminaries? will the yeshiva consider this and lower their %? or do you pay 8-10% of your income at each institution. e.g. on $130000 (not sure if that is gross or net) wage, 1 kid in yeshiva, one in france, one in la, one in ny, so that is $52000 in tuition plus levies etc, air fares, allowances. In my experience there is always a catch to a bargain...lets hear from all the melbourne parents that are paying way less tuition...
(9/21/2014 9:42:42 PM)
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