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Tuition fees at polys, ITE and universities to go up

Hikes range from 0.5% to 8%; only new students are affected

Published on Mar 21, 2014 8:14 AM
Potential Republic Polytechnic students attend the school's course counselling sessions. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN 

Tuition fees at Singapore's government-funded universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have been raised for the 2014 academic year.

Unlike previous years, the fee hike will not affect all students at the polytechnics and ITE. Only those enrolling in the institutions this year have to pay 2.3 per cent to 4 per cent more in fees. Existing students are not affected under a new cohort-based fee structure to ensure that polytechnic and ITE students' tuition fees stay the same for their course of study.

Local students entering the polytechnics this year will pay $2,400 in tuition fees, up from the $2,300 their seniors paid. Permanent residents will pay $200 more, and foreign students $350 more, compared with last year.

At ITE, the fee hike affects only the incoming Higher Nitec students, who will have to pay about 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent more, with local students paying $14 more. Course fees for Nitec programmes remain unchanged.

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