Fees charged to international students in schools and tertiary institutions

Published Date: 08 May 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Ong Teng Koon, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC


To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether the fees charged to international students in primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and institutes of technical education reflect the full cost of the education system or only take into account the direct operating costs of the school.


1. As the priority of our education system is to provide a quality education for students who are Singapore Citizens (SCs), fees are differentiated by nationality across our publicly-funded education system to reflect the privileges of citizenship, from primary schools to university. International Students (ISes) pay the highest fees, followed by Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs), and SCs. The fees for ISes are much higher than those for SCs and SPRs.

2. However, in determining the various fees to be charged, we may not charge the total costs incurred in running these programmes. We would also take into consideration other factors, such as the benefits that ISes can bring to our schools, institutions, and students. ISes add to the diversity and vibrancy in our schools and institutions, and provide opportunities for our SC and SPR students to interact and develop the cross-cultural skills and versatility needed for the global workplace in the future.

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