PRs, international students to pay more
SINGAPORE - School fees for students who are permanent residents (PRs) and international students in Government and Government-aided schools will go up starting from January to "further differentiate fees by citizenship", said the Ministry of Education (MOE) yesterday.
School fees will increase by S$50 to S$80 per month for students who are PRs and by S$115 to S$250 per month for international students. School fees for Singaporeans remain unchanged.
According to the MOE, PRs and international students currently comprise roughly 8 per cent and 4 per cent of the students in the primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institute.
Miscellaneous fees, last revised in January 2005, will also be increased in January.
The monthly standard miscellaneous fees will increase by S$1 at primary level, S$2 at secondary level and S$2.50 at pre-university level for all students.
Those in need can tap on the MOE's Financial Assistance Scheme to pay for their school fees, miscellaneous fees and basic schooling expenses such as textbooks and uniforms.
Students who are Singapore citizens and come from a family with a gross household income of not more than S$2,500 per month, or a per capita household income of not more than S$625 per month, are eligible for financial assistance.
27 June 2012