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Local School Fee Increase for International Students and Permanent Residents: No Big Deal?

The Ministry of Education recently announced school fees for International students and permenant residents will increase effective January 2016.

According to The Straits Times, “School fees will increase by between $20 to $60 per month for students who are PRs, and by between $20 and $150 per month for international students. Fees for Singapore citizens remain unchanged.”

Fees for non-citizens were first significantly increased in 2009 to enhance the benefits of citizenship. While international students and PRs currently pay significantly more than citizens (currently pay $5), the fees to attend local schools continue to be a mere fraction of the price of international schools. Prices at International schools can range from $25,000-$40,000 per year.

Schools in Singapore are among the top in the world and even in spite of this hike, more and more expats are choosing local schools over international schools — and not solely based on price. We talked to two families about the benefits of each type of school. Read what they had to say

 

By Kathleen Siddell, October 2015

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