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Universities to raise tuition fees

Three universities in Singapore — Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) — said they will raise their tuition fees for the 2012 academic year.

This comes as the five polytechnics in Singapore as well as the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) announced on Friday fee hikes for the academic year (AY) 2012, which starts in April.

Students at NUS can expect tuition fees to be raised by four per cent to S$7,460 in AY2012/2013. The fee hike works out to be a yearly increase of 1.6 per cent.

Meanwhile, Singaporeans studying at NTU will pay four to six per cent more than their seniors, depending on their course of study. Those starting their courses at SMU will pay five per cent more.

As announced earlier by the government, with effect from the cohort of AY2012/2013, fees for Singapore Permanent Residents and international students will be 32 per cent and 84 per cent higher respectively, than those for Singapore citizens.

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