Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, 6 Singapore Universities will be freezing their tuition fees hikes for Singaporeans enrolled in government-subsidised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the academic year 2020.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) acknowledges the present challenge brought by the pandemic and the move is in line with the Resilience Budget announcement, which includes a 1-year deferment of government fee increases.
The 6 universities include the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS).
The said universities will also be reaching out to students with financial difficulties, and offer a combination of government assistance and universitys financial aid.
Under the move, Singaporean undergraduates enrolled in the academic year 2019 or earlier will continue to pay the same amount as the year 2019 for the remaining duration of their course.
For new Singaporean undergraduate students who are enrolled in the academic year 2020, they will be paying the same amount as those enrolled in 2019.
The deferring of fee hikes is applicable solely to Singaporean students. Foreign students and permanent residents (PRs) are not covered under the move and are expected to pay the increased fees. The fee hike deferment is also only applicable to this academic year and the universities, along with MOE, will review the fees again for the next academic year.
At a previous announcement by the Government, graduates with government loans for university or polytechnic studies will also have their loan repayment and interest charges suspended for a year (from June 2020 to May 2021).