Enrolment Bursary application

Marist College Canberra Br Mark May Bursary Fund

The Marist College Canberra Foundation aims to provide financial support to the College so that student diversity is enhanced, and that families in need of assistance in order to attend the College are supported.

Funds raised are to assist families who may not have the capacity to send their son to Marist College Canberra.

The Br Mark May Bursary Fund is built through the generosity of former students, their families and other members of the Marist community. The Br Mark May Bursary is one way that we can ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

Bursary Program Applications

The Gift of Education

The College does not offer scholarships of any kind. Instead, we have had a financially-needs based Bursary Program. This program has enabled young men, from all walks of life, to receive a Marist education. The Bursary Program is funded solely by donations. There are no cross subsidies from school fees.

Applying for a Bursary

Application Cut-Off

Applications for Bursaries for new students are to be lodged by the end of Term 2 in the year prior to the requested year of enrolment, but no earlier than 18 months from entry. Late applications may be accepted, however they may be unsuccessful due to lack of funds or space available. 

Request a Bursary Application

Please contact the Registrar to request an application on registrar@mcc.act.edu.au with the following details:

  • Applicant’s first and last name
  • Year of application (eg Year 7 2020)
  • Postal address


The College Foundation established the Br Mark May Bursary Fund to provide financial assistance to persons selected on the basis of need. Complete supporting financial documentation is necessary before any application or bursary renewal can be processed.

Bursary Criteria

Marist College Foundation Bursary Fund Information and Criteria

  • St Marcellin Champagnat wanted his schools to be open to all classes of people, rich and poor alike. In keeping with his philosophy, the principal criterion for the provision of financial assistance from the Bursary Fund is a demonstrable, means-tested inability to afford a Marist education.
  • While the criteria might appear to be very demanding, the College has very substantial responsibilities to ensure that the Bursary Fund monies are distributed with equity, confidentiality and compassion at all times. Each case will be judged on its merits and, where appropriate, the Headmaster might exercise his discretionary power to apply financial assistance.
  • The Marist College Foundation established the Bursary Fund to provide financial assistance to persons selected on the basis of need.
  • Application for assistance is open to the public at large and may include pupils enrolled at Marist College Canberra.
  • The College takes responsibility for the application of means and other tests to establish applicants’ financial capabilities.
  • Assistance from the Bursary Fund will be provided to students and families who, in the opinion of the College, will be significant contributors to the College community. The focus will be on generous endeavours in a variety of fields, rather than any notable academic or co-curricular talent. In brief, the two-way street of mutual benefit must be obvious – the student and the College are good for one another.
  • Financial assistance from the Bursary Fund is given on a demonstrated needs basis. The provision of complete supporting financial documentation is necessary before any application, or renewal of a Bursary, can be processed. This will include:
  1. Copies of both parent’s past three years tax returns
  2. A statement of Assets, Liabilities, Income and Expenditure for the last 3 years
  3. Appropriate attachments. If you are a beneficiary of a trust, shareholder of any company, member of a partnership, regardless of whether income is earned directly or indirectly in year. If so: 
  1. Records of those entries for the last 3 years
  2. Assets/liabilities statement (a form filled out on our basis)
  3. Signed by a registered chartered accountant or CPA
  4. A Statutory Declaration from the applicant’s parents attesting to their financial position(s) indicating their interests in trusts, companies and partnerships.

  • Preference in the decision-making process will be given to families who are obviously committed to the Marist ideals. Families known to the College and sons of Old Boys will receive a priority if their values are clearly congruent with those of the College.
  • It is important that applications for Bursary assistance are made at the same time as applications for enrolment in the College. A family who has already accepted an offer of enrolment from the College is deemed on financial grounds to be ineligible for Bursary assistance.
  • Financial assistance from the Bursary Fund is given on an individual student basis. In the interests of sharing this assistance among as many families as possible, the presumption should be that a family is likely to receive only one Bursary.
  • In the interests of accountability, a family must re-apply annually for Bursary assistance.
  • The obligation of strict confidentiality is incumbent on both the recipient family and the College Committee overseeing management of the Bursary Fund.
  • The College grants a Bursary to a student on the understanding that the student and the student’s family will, where appropriate, participate in the promotion of the Br Mark May Bursary Fund to assist in encouraging further community support of the Fund.