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18 March 2010

NUS tuition fees for Academic Year 2010

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The National University of Singapore (NUS) today announced the tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the Academic Year (AY) 2010 beginning August 2010.

NUS had adopted the cohort-based structure for its undergraduate courses since 2008, where students are advised of the annual fees for their programmes prior to enrolment. A cohort-based structure will ensure that the fees would not change during the period of candidature. In line with the Government's policy, the tuition fees for the AY2010 cohort of new students will also reflect greater differentiation in fees paid by Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR) and International Students (IS).

The University will also lift the one-year fee increase deferment that was implemented in AY2009, and implement the previously published tuition fees from AY2010 onwards for the AY2009 cohort.

Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs), said, "The holistic development of our students is NUS' top priority. We are committed to nurturing future generations of thought-leaders, individuals who would contribute to both Singapore and beyond in education, research and service to the community. To ensure that we continue to provide a quality education that is on par or even better than other leading universities, we must continue to attract and retain top academic talent and improve our teaching staff to student ratio."

"After much deliberation and consultation with various stakeholders, we arrived at the new fee adjustments that will help defray part of the operating costs of providing a quality education. The new fees remain very competitive with international programmes of distinction. The Ministry of Education will continue to subsidise the larger part of the University's operating and capital costs," Prof Tan added.



Tuition Fees for Singapore Citizens

The University will make upward revisions to undergraduate SC tuition fees by 4% for the incoming AY2010 cohort, with the exception of Architecture, Business, Law and Pharmacy. Tuition fees for Architecture and Business will be increased by 7% and by 10% for Law and Pharmacy. The new fees will apply to the AY2010 cohort throughout their course duration.

Fees for the incoming AY2010 intake of students for postgraduate courses (coursework and research) will be adjusted upwards by 4% for AY2010. In subsequent years, the fees for the AY2010 intake will be increased by 3% annually for the remaining course duration. Existing postgraduate students from the AY2009 intake will be subject to the deferred 8% increase in AY2010 and an annual 3% increase in subsequent years for the remaining course duration. Existing postgraduate students from the AY2008 and earlier intakes will be subject to the deferred 3% increase in AY2010 and an annual 3% increase in subsequent years for the remaining course duration.

The new SC undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees are summarised in Table 1 (Annex 1) and Table 3 (Annex 2) respectively.



Tuition Fees for Permanent Residents and International Students

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a speech delivered at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Students' Union Ministerial Forum on 15 September 2009, said that the Government will, over time, sharpen the differentiation between SC, PR and foreigners to reflect the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

To achieve a sharper differentiation by citizenship, fees for PR admitted to NUS from AY2010 will increase by between $720 and $2,810 while fees for IS admitted to NUS from AY2010 will increase by between $800 and $3,120. Existing PR and IS will continue to pay fees under the current framework.

The new PR and IS undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees are summarised in Table 2 (Annex 1) and Table 4 (Annex 2) respectively.



Financial Assistance for Eligible Needy Students

NUS is committed to a needs-blind admission policy and ensures that no deserving student is denied the opportunity of an NUS education because of financial difficulties. The University provides a comprehensive range of financial assistance schemes - such as Tuition Fee Loan, NUS Study Loan, NUS/MOE Bursary, Work-Study Assistance, NUS Student Assistance Loan as well as MOE's Short-Term Study Assistance - so that every student who qualifies for admission to NUS has the financial resources to complete his or her studies. The University will continue in its efforts to raise funds for financial aid to help needy students.

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