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Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby AllBiz » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 8:45 pm

In looking at primary and secondary school education costs for permanent residents, I came across this helpful page: http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/parliamenta ... idents.php

Basically it says citizens can expect to pay $200 per year, permanent residency $800 per year. I assume these figures are based upon the status of the parents, not the children.

Those seem like very fair numbers for me, as the government is footing 90% of the bill even for permanent residents.

Is the same true for higher education? If anyone is willing to share, I'd like to know the cost of higher education for students of permanent resident parents, thank you.

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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 9:16 pm

AllBiz wrote:In looking at primary and secondary school education costs for permanent residents, I came across this helpful page: http://www.moe.gov.sg/media/parliamenta ... idents.php

Basically it says citizens can expect to pay $200 per year, permanent residency $800 per year. I assume these figures are based upon the status of the parents, not the children.

Those seem like very fair numbers for me, as the government is footing 90% of the bill even for permanent residents.

Is the same true for higher education? If anyone is willing to share, I'd like to know the cost of higher education for students of permanent resident parents, thank you.


Very fair? How are they footing the bill? You mean with the tax dollars all citizens, PRs, and foreigners are paying? So really, PR are partially and foreigners completely double paying.

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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby AllBiz » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 9:49 pm

Fair enough, I was just trying to suggest that the costs seemed reasonable to me (I'm currently in Thailand where a foreign child would expect to pay $20,000 per year for primary school).

Anyways I didn't mean for this thread to be about fairness, just curious what permanent resident parents can expect to pay for their kid's college.

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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:01 pm

AllBiz wrote:Fair enough, I was just trying to suggest that the costs seemed reasonable to me (I'm currently in Thailand where a foreign child would expect to pay $20,000 per year for primary school).

Anyways I didn't mean for this thread to be about fairness, just curious what permanent resident parents can expect to pay for their kid's college.


It would depend on the school. Read this from NUS:
https://share.nus.edu.sg/registrar/info ... urrent.pdf
http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu/UG/fees.htm

All Singapore Permanent Residents and international students (except those already in receipt of a service bond from the PSC or the Ministry of Health) will be required to undertake a service bond under the terms of the tuition grant to work for a Singapore-registered company for three years upon completion of their degrees so as to discharge some of their obligations to the Singapore public for the high subsidy to their university education.


The kicker is hearing about international students being rejected for employment passes and not having a way to actually work in SG to meet the conditions of that bond. :cool:

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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby taxico » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:27 pm

AllBiz wrote:In looking at primary and secondary school education costs for permanent residents...

Basically it says citizens can expect to pay $200 per year, permanent residency $800 per year. I assume these figures are based upon the status of the parents, not the children...


if i'm not wrong, fees are charged according to the child, not the parents.
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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby taxico » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:44 pm

AllBiz wrote:Fair enough, I was just trying to suggest that the costs seemed reasonable to me (I'm currently in Thailand where a foreign child would expect to pay $20,000 per year for primary school).

Anyways I didn't mean for this thread to be about fairness...


there are a bunch of other fees you'll have to pay for your child too. i remember when i was in school in singapore, i was the only one that did not qualify for "EduSave" - essentially an account for singapore citizen children that the government sticks money in every year for stuff like extra/co-curricular activities not conducted by the school (??? i can't remember exactly).

i was in the gifted program in a government school in upper primary, and all those classes/trips/activities can sure add up... to what was a princely (to me as a child) few hundred dollars each year. i was called to the front of the class to make payment before each trip. if i forgot to bring it by the deadline, as children are prone to do, i could not participate in the program and had to sit somewhere far from my school mates... almost always by myself.

there was also something called misc. fees that i paid monthly. many of my classmates did not have to pay it. again, that was probably something like less than $40/year for me back then?

ASEAN students, if i recall correctly, also pay less in school fees compared to (non-SC/SPR) children from else where.

it doesn't seem like a big deal, but in retrospect, it did affect me some (as a child), and i'm sure i would have felt less left out/ostracized without it.
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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby Wd40 » Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:18 pm

AllBiz wrote:Fair enough, I was just trying to suggest that the costs seemed reasonable to me (I'm currently in Thailand where a foreign child would expect to pay $20,000 per year for primary school).

Anyways I didn't mean for this thread to be about fairness, just curious what permanent resident parents can expect to pay for their kid's college.


Kids of PR parents and PR kids are different things. I hope you are not mixing them.

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Re: Education costs as a permanent resident

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:52 am

Based on OP's initial post, OP seems it hinges on the parents status. It does not. It's based on the child's status. So, if the parents are citizens or PR but the child is on a dependent's or LTVP status prior to getting Student's Pass status, the child will have to pay the Foreigner (LTVP) status rates.


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