Response

Fees are reviewed regularly and are differentiated by nationality to reflect the privileges of citizenship. The total fees collected in any given year would depend on the prevailing fees and the student enrolment in that year.

In general education, the school and miscellaneous fees collected from students in Government and Government-aided schools (GGAS) are set out in Table 1 below.

Table 1: GGAS school and misc fees ($m)
Nationality 2011 2012 2013
Singaporeans 76 74 86
Singapore PR 18 28 55
International Students 77 101 136

In post-secondary education, the tuition fees collected by Autonomous Universities, Polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) for their full-time programmes are set out in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Universities, Polytechnics and ITE tuition fees ($m)
Nationality 2011 2012 2013
Singaporeans 482 531 578
Singapore PR 37 47 59
International Students 158 172 176

Overall, total fees collected from Singaporean students have gone up mainly because of a larger number of Singaporeans enrolled in post-secondary institutions, and some fee increases. For PR and international students, the increase in fee collection is primarily due to fee increases, as PR and international students face higher fee increases than locals.