At Edstart, we believe education is the world's most powerful investment.
Our mission is to help people pay for it.
The cost of schooling varies greatly, and whilst most school fees are affordable, it’s often the timing of when payments are due, or how much is due at once, that causes cash flow issues for families and schools.
A recent study of private and Catholic school parents found that only half of families were able to fund school fees from available disposable income, with a significant number relying on credit card debt.
Edstart offers a range of products which have been created with schools and parents at its core. We provide tailored payment and savings plans to take the pain out of school fees for everyone.
Schools can choose how they wish to offer Edstart to parents. We encourage schools to include Edstart as an alternative payment option for school fees in all documents and web pages which reference fees and payment methods.
Parents interested in using Edstart can visit our website, calculate a funding package and submit a simple online application.
Schools continue to issue fee invoices to parents as per normal. Parents using Edstart then forward the invoice to us to arrange payment.
Edstart will pay each invoice to the school in full and on time via the preferred payment method to enable automated reconciliation.
The team at Edstart have provided our parent community with helpful advice and friendly, confidential service that has assisted many of our families.
Another appealing aspect about Edstart was the ease of implementation. We simply placed a notice in our community newsletter and listed Edstart on our website and fee schedule. No change had to be made in the way we issued invoices. It has been a straightforward process.
Hugh Castleden, Business Manager
Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth NSW
Edstart was founded by a passionate team of Australian education and finance specialists who believe in the power of education and are committed to building a solution to support access to learning. We hold a credit licence issued by ASIC and maintain full compliance with all regulatory requirements.
Yes, Edstart can fund any fees included on the school invoice which may include: tuition fees, boarding costs, extracurricular fees, textbooks, uniforms, sporting activities and voluntary donations etc. We will also fund any overdue or carry-forward balances.
Edstart can also fund fees for any education-related costs which may be billed by a third-party, including private tuition, travel or other extracurricular costs.
There are several major differences between Edstart and a typical payment provider: