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Course Fees For Higher Studies in Singapore

Basic Education

For government and government-aided schools, fees per month are:

  • S$80 For Primary Schools
  • S$130 For Secondary Schools
  • S$240 For Pre-University Education

As rates for Independent and Autonomous schools vary, please check with the institutions directly.

International students whose applications to study in Singapore are approved, are also requested to make donations to the Ministry of Education’s Education Fund once every two years. Each donation is at a flat rate of S$1,000 and applicable to international students enrolling in primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and centralized institutes.

Donations to the Education Fund are tax-exempted and non-refundable except when you are awarded a Singapore Government scholarship.

Higher Education

Tuition fees are subject to change each year. Please refer to the respective institution’s website for the latest figures.

The Ministry of Education provides tuition grants to students who are admitted to the local universities and polytechnics. Students who accept the tuition grants need only pay the fee (known as ‘Direct Payment’) as shown in the tables below.

As an international student, you are eligible for the same grant subject to the signing of a deed with the Singapore government undertaking to work in Singapore for three years upon completion of your program.

Estimated Fees for international students at the three local universities during Academic Year 2016-2017 are:

 Course Tuition Fees Per Year
 MOE Tuition Grant
 Direct Payment Tuition
Fee Payable
 Non-lab based S$21,000 S$14,000 S$7,000
 Lab based S$23,000 S$16,000 S$7,000
 Dentistry, Medicine S$84,000 S$65,500 S$18,500
 Music S$40,100 S$32,000 S$8,100

Ministry of Education (MOE)

Non-laboratory based courses are related to Accountancy, Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Law and Mass Communication etc.

Laboratory based courses are related to Architecture, Building & Real Estate, Industrial Design, Computing, Engineering, Pharmacy and Science etc.

Estimated Fees for full-time international students at the five polytechnics as at Academic Year 2016-2017 are:

 Course Tuition Fees Per Year
 MOE Tuition Grant Direct Payment
Tuition Fee Payable
 All Polytechnics S$12,160 S$9,850 S$2,310

Most universities charge miscellaneous fees for items such as student’s union, examination, health services, insurance and so on. Amounts vary from university to university, so students are advised to check out their brochures and websites for details.

Payment of fees is usually by cheque or GIRO (electronic bank transfer) at the beginning of each semester. GIRO forms are mostly obtainable from the universities’ administration offices.

The Ministry of Education offers tuition fee grants to students who are admitted to local universities and polytechnics. Financial assistance is available for those who need help with tuition fees.

The tuition fees for the following institutions are independent of the above fee structure. Please refer to the individual institutions for the respective tuition fees.

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