Schools fees for PRs and international students in Singapore to go up
SINGAPORE, June 26 — School fees for students who are permanent residents (PR) and international students (IS) in Government and Government-aided schools will go up starting January to "further differentiate fees by citizenship", said the Ministry of Education (MOE) this morning.
School fees will increase by S$50 to S$80 (RM125 to RM199) per month for students who are PR and by S$115 to S$250 per month for IS. School fees for students who are Singapore citizens will remain unchanged.
Miscellaneous fees, which were last revised in January 2005, will also be increased in January. The monthly standard miscellaneous fees will increase by S$1.00 at primary level, S$2.00 at secondary level and S$2.50 at Pre-University level for all students.
The miscellaneous fees collected are retained by the schools to defray the cost of teaching resources and materials used by students.
For those in need of financial assistance, MOE said it has the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) to help them pay for school fees, standard miscellaneous fees and basic schooling expenses such as textbooks and school attire. The income criteria of the scheme were recently revised in March this year.
Students who are Singapore citizens and come from a family with a gross household income of not more than S$2,500 per month are eligible for financial assistance. They also qualify for the scheme if their per capita household income does not exceed S$625 per month. — TODAYonline