School fees go up for S'porean polytechnic & ITE Nitec students for 2022 academic year

Financial assistance available as no one in Singapore will be deprived of an education.

Belmont Lay | January 17, 2022, 12:16 PM

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Tuition fees for Singaporean polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Nitec students will go up for the 2022 incoming batch.

All the tuition fee increases will affect only incoming students in the new academic year.

Fees go up for polytechnic students

Singaporeans entering the five polytechnics will pay an annual tuition fee of S$3,000.

It was previously S$2,900.

Students who are already enrolled will not be affected.

The last time fees were raised for Singaporeans studying in polytechnics was in 2019, when it also rose by S$100.

The past two years' increases affected only foreign students.

Fees for PRs and international students

Permanent residents (PRs) new fees: S$6,200, up by S$200

International students new fees: S$11,400, up by S$400

Fees go up for Nitec students

New Singaporean students taking the Nitec diploma will have to pay S$20 more for the annual tuition fee.

It will go up to S$430, when it was S$410 previously.

Fees for PRs and international students

Permanent residents (PRs) new fees: S$5,850, up by S$300

International students new fees: S$16,350, up by S$900

The annual tuition fee for Higher Nitec students on the two-year programme remains unchanged.

Singaporeans, PRs and international students pay S$590, S$7,760 and S$20,360 respectively.

The polytechnic school year begins in April.

The ITE admission has intakes in January and April.

MOE statement

A Ministry of Education spokesperson said the government provides subsidies for Singaporean students undergoing polytechnic and ITE education.

They get about 85 per cent and over 90 per cent subsidies respectively.

The spokesperson also said the institutions "face rising cost pressures in the provision of quality education".

The spokesperson added: "Hence, the subsidised tuition fees are reviewed annually and adjusted where necessary to defray the cost of education at these institutions, taking into account factors such as the need for inflationary adjustments, and enable our institutions to invest in capability building to continue to deliver high-quality education."

Financial assistance schemes to support students from low- to middle-income families, such as government bursaries or loans, are available, MOE said.

The quantum for government bursaries was also increased in the 2020 academic year for eligible polytechnic and ITE students to support those from low- to middle-income families.

Institutions also provide additional financial support where needed.

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