School fees for foreigners, permanent resident students to be increased

School fees for foreigners and permanent residents (PR) will be increased from next year, announced the Ministry of Education (MOE) today.

“MOE will be revising the school fees for Singapore permanent residents (PR) and international students (IS) in government and government-aided schools annually from 2018 to 2020. This revision is part of MOE’s regular review of school fees,” said MOE in a press release.

School fees for foreigners and permanent residents (PR) will increase from 2018 in Singapore.
School fees for foreigners and permanent residents (PR) will increase from 2018 in Singapore. Photo courtesy:

It added, “For the next three years, school fees each year will increase by SGD25 to SGD60 per month for PR students, and by SGD25 to SGD150 per month for international students.”

Monthly fees for a permanent resident attending a primary school here will go up from SGD130 now, to SGD155 next year, to SGD180 in 2019, and SGD205 in 2020.

For an international student in the same school, monthly fees will increase by SGD50 each year, from SGD600 now, to SG750 in 2020. The revised fees will take effect from January each year.

Explaining its rationale for increasing the fees, MOE said, “The release of the fee schedule for the next three years is to provide greater certainty on the fees for non-citizens for the next few years, and to enable parents to plan for the financing of their children's studies in MOE schools.”

MOE also said there are currently no plans to adjust school fees for Singapore citizens. Singaporeans pay no school fees in primary school, but pay SGD5 and SGD6 monthly in secondary school and pre-university, respectively.

Ashraf Jamal
Ashraf Jamal – Senior Writer

Ashraf Jamal brings a rare depth to writing equipped with a degree in journalism, a postgraduate degree in political science, and a degree in law from the Allahabad University. His experience includes editing and publishing the Northern India Patrika and writing for Times of India for almost a decade covering just about any topic under the sun including NRIs and Indian diaspora.


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