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FEE HIKE

Every reasonable precaution has been taken in the preparation of this document. The information contained herein is accurate as of 15 March 2010.

Foreword

This information pack is specially put together in view of the imminent increase in both the tuition and hostel fee. These increases shall collectively be known as the Fee Hike. In March AY08/09, NUS Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye released a message to all students to inform us on the Fee Hike. The adjustment was reported to preserve and improve the quality of teaching, as well as to cope with the residences' higher cost of operations. Due to the then economic downturn, the hike was deferred and to be reviewed in a year's time. Please do note that any adjustment in tuition fees will only affect the incoming cohorts and the cohort of AY09/10. An increase in hostel fees will affect both current and prospective hostelites. This information pack serves as a single document for students to be aware of all the changes that is likely to take place shortly. As part of the NUS community, it is critical to be informed.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ...................................................................................................................................................................... 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Tuition Fee ­ For new students admitted in AY2009/2010 ................................................................................. 4 Tuition Fee ­ For existing students admitted in AY2008/2009 ............................................................................ 5 Tuition Fee ­ For existing students admitted in AY2007/2008 and earlier ......................................................... 6 FAQ from the Registrar's Office ........................................................................................................................... 7 Information from Office of Financial Aid ............................................................................................................. 9 Scheduled Hostel Fee Adjustment ..................................................................................................................... 10 Other Universities' Hostel Rates ........................................................................................................................ 10 Provost's Message to Students .......................................................................................................................... 11 Article on Straits Times ...................................................................................................................................... 13

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1.

Tuition Fee ­ For new students admitted in AY2009/2010

Recognising the impact of the current economic downturn, NUS has decided to defer the planned adjustments to the undergraduate tuition fees for new students admitted in AY2009/2010, as published here, for one academic year. This means that all new undergraduates of the incoming AY2009/2010 cohort will pay the existing tuition fees (as in B) for AY2009/2010. Tuition Fees (covering Semesters 1 and 2 of the Academic Year) Per annum amounts Singapore Permanent Singapore Citizens 2 Residents Total Total Tuition Direct Direct Tuition Tuition 3 3 Grant Payment Payment 4 Fee Fee S$ S$ S$ S$ S$ 19,000 19,000 26,400 88,200 26,400 6,620 7,000 6,620 18,960 6,810 25,620 26,000 33,020 107,160 33,210 7,290 7,700 7,290 20,860 7,500 26,290 26,700 33,690 109,060 33,900

International Students Direct 3 Payment S$ 9,930 10,500 9,930 28,440 10,220

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Faculties / Schools

Total Tuition Fee S$ 28,930 29,500 36,330 116,640 36,620

Arts and Social Sciences Business Computing Dentistry Design and Environment (Architecture) Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate) Design and Environment (Industrial Design) Engineering Law Medicine (Nursing) Medicine (except Nursing) Music Science (Pharmacy) Science (except Pharmacy)

19,000

6,620

25,620

7,290

26,290

9,930

28,930

26,400 26,400 19,000 26,400 88,200 47,700 26,400 26,400

6,620 6,620 8,080 7,580 18,960 8,200 7,000 6,620

33,020 33,020 27,080 33,980 107,160 55,900 33,400 33,020

7,290 7,290 8,890 8,340 20,860 9,020 7,700 7,290

33,690 33,690 27,890 34,740 109,060 56,720 34,100 33,690

9,930 9,930 12,120 11,370 28,440 12,300 10,500 9,930

36,330 36,330 31,120 37,770 116,640 60,000 36,900 36,330

For students registered in the 5 Faculties / Schools of: Arts and Social Sciences Business Computing Design and Environment (Architecture) Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate, Industrial Design) Engineering Law Medicine (Nursing) Music Science (Pharmacy) Science (except Pharmacy)

Special Term Fees 3 Per module amounts Singapore Permanent Singapore Citizens 2 Residents S$ S$ 662 729 700 770 662 729 681 662 662 808 758 820 700 662 750 729 729 889 834 902 770 729

International Students S$ 993 1,050 993 1,022 993 993 1,212 1,137 1,230 1,050 993

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2.

Tuition Fee ­ For existing students admitted in AY2008/2009

Tuition Fees (covering Semesters 1 and 2 of the Academic Year) Per annum amounts Singapore Permanent Singapore Citizens 2 Residents Total Total Tuition Direct Direct Tuition Tuition 3 3 Grant Payment Payment 4 4 Fee Fee S$ S$ S$ S$ 6,360 6,540 19,000 6,360 7,340 6,360 6,360 6,360 7,280 6,360 7,880 18,230 18,230 25,360 26,340 32,760 32,760 32,760 33,680 32,760 55,580 106,430 106,430 7,000 8,080 7,000 7,000 7,000 8,010 7,000 8,670 20,060 20,060 26,000 27,080 33,400 33,400 33,400 34,410 33,400 56,370 108,260 108,260 9,540 11,010 9,540 9,540 9,540 10,920 9,540 11,820 27,350 27,350 28,540 30,010 35,940 35,940 35,940 37,320 35,940 59,520 115,550 115,550 25,360 25,540 7,000 7,200 26,000 26,200

International Students Direct 3 Payment S$ 9,540 9,810

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Faculties / Schools

Total Tuition 4 Fee S$ 28,540 28,810

Arts and Social Sciences Business Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate) Law Computing Design and Environment (Architecture, Industrial Design) Engineering Medicine (Nursing) Science Music Dentistry Medicine (except Nursing)

26,400

47,700 88,200

For students registered in the 5 Faculties / Schools of: Arts and Social Sciences Computing Design and Environment Engineering Science Business Medicine (Nursing) Law Music

Special Term Fees 3 Per module amounts Singapore Permanent Singapore Citizens 2 Residents S$ S$

International Students S$

2

636

700

954

654 728 734 788

720 801 808 867

981 1,092 1,101 1,182

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3.

Tuition Fee ­ For existing students admitted in AY2007/2008 and earlier

Tuition Fees (covering Semesters 1 and 2 of the Academic Year) Per annum amounts 2 Singapore Citizens and Permanent International Students 2 Residents Tuition Direct Total Tuition Direct Total Tuition 3 4 3 Grant Payment Fee Payment Fee S$ S$ S$ S$ S$ 6,110 25,110 6,720 25,720 6,110 25,110 6,720 25,720 19,000 6,110 25,110 6,720 25,720 6,110 6,110 6,110 26,400 6,110 7,000 6,110 7,570 17,520 17,520 32,510 33,400 32,510 55,270 105,720 105,720 6,720 7,700 6,720 8,330 19,270 19,270 33,120 34,100 33,120 56,030 107,470 107,470 25,110 32,510 32,510 6,720 6,720 6,720 25,720 33,120 33,120

Faculties / Schools

Arts and Social Sciences Business Design and Environment (Building, Real Estate) Law Computing Design and Environment (Architecture, Industrial Design) Engineering Medicine (Nursing) Science Music Dentistry Medicine (except Nursing)

47,700 88,200

For students registered in the 5 Faculties / Schools of: Arts and Social Sciences Business Computing Design and Environment Engineering Law Science Medicine (Nursing) Music

Special Term Fees 3 Per module amounts Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents S$

International Students S$

2

611

672

700 757

770 833

1 Under the cohort-based fee system, tuition fee for an intake cohort of students will be fixed throughout the student's entire candidature. While fees continue to be reviewed annually and adjustments made as and when necessary with each new cohort of students, each new cohort will know the exact amount of tuition fees they have to pay throughout their entire candidature. This enables students to plan better for the financing of their undergraduate studies. For more information, examine the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). 2 As announced by the Government in Dec 2006, with effect from the cohort of AY2008/2009, fees for Singapore Permanent Residents and International Students will be 10% and 50% higher, respectively, than those for Singapore citizens. 3 These fees are exclusive of GST. The applicable GST is subsidised by MOE. 4 Students of the AY2008/2009 cohort and beyond who are not in receipt of the Tuition Grant will have to pay the corresponding "Total Tuition Fees" of Singapore Citizens in the respective Faculties/Schools. For such students, the "Total Tuition Fees" to be paid are inclusive of the prevailing GST. Students of the AY2007/2008 and earlier cohorts who are not in receipt of the Tuition Grant will still pay the AY2006/2007 "Full Fee" amounts (as in the table below) in accordance with their residency status. The AY2006/2007 "Full Fee" amounts are inclusive of GST.

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4.

FAQ from the Registrar's Office

Extracted from: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/faqs/ug_feesfaq.html Q01. Will there be any fee increase for the incoming AY2009/2010 cohort? Recognising the impact of the economic downturn, NUS has decided to defer this year's planned adjustments to the tuition fees for the incoming AY2009/2010 cohort. The new students, together with current NUS undergraduates, will also pay the existing hostel fees for the new academic year. Q02. Is the University moving away from the cohort-based fee structure? The University will continue with the cohort-based approach introduced in AY2008/2009 in setting its undergraduate programme fees. It is mindful that in a cohort-based tuition fee system, incoming students would need to be informed of their cohort tuition fee commitments prior to application. Q03. How much can we expect the fee increase to be without the deferment? When implemented, students in the AY2009/2010 cohort can expect tuition fees for most of the undergraduate courses to be raised by 4% with effect from AY2010/2011. Thereafter, the AY2009/2010 student cohort will pay this same level of fees for the remaining duration of their course of study in NUS. Taking into account the one-year deferment, this works out to an annualised increase of about 1.2% each year over a four-year course duration and for Medicine, it will be 1.0% each year over a 5-year course duration. Tuition fees for Architecture and Business programmes will be increased by 7%, while the fees for Law and Pharmacy programmes will be increased by 10%. These adjustments will allow for further enhancements to the quality of these programmes, with the higher fee increases reflecting the need to further reduce student-faculty-ratios in these courses. These fee adjustments would translate into annualised increases of 2.0% and 3.1% respectively. Q04. What are the reasons for the proposed fee adjustments? A modest tuition fee increase is necessary to help preserve and improve the quality of teaching. These adjustments are necessary to allow NUS and its Faculties to cope with a higher cost of operations arising from higher prices of supplies and services. It is a global phenomenon that the cost of higher education increases faster than general inflation. This is intensified by the growing needs and expectations of the students for a vibrant and holistic educational experience. But mindful of the current economic situation, the University has decided to defer this modest increase for AY2009/2010. Q05. Have cost cutting measures been considered? Keeping costs under control is always a top priority for the University. Through streamlining of administrative processes, competitive tendering for goods and services, and outsourcing of non-core activities, cost increases have been kept low. In addition, the University has taken steps to further reduce costs and expenditure so that more resources can be 7hannelled to priority areas such as increasing financial aid for students and enriching their learning experience; to recruiting, developing and retraining strong academics who are key to high-quality education and research; and to training to further enhance the quality of our administrative, professional and support staff. Q06. When was the last adjustment in fees and by how much? The last adjustment was made in AY2008/2009, when the cohort-based fee structure was introduced. Tuition fees were increased by 4% for the new intake cohort for all undergraduate programmes, with the exception of Business and Law which had fee increases of 7% and 20% respectively. On an annualized basis over a four-year course duration, typically the increases averaged 1.6% for all courses, other than Business and Law which averaged 2.7% and 7.5% respectively. Q07. Why is there a need for differentiated adjustments for Law, Business, Architecture and Pharmacy programmes? The University had to make higher increases to the fees for the Law, Business, Architecture and Pharmacy programmes because students in these courses need more individualized attention and to a greater degree, these courses conduct small group and seminar teaching. This means better than average

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students to staff ratio and thus greater cost. Further, they operate in a very global environment and compete not only with competitor institutions but also private industries to attract and retain top talents. Further, to keep up with the growing demands of these disciplines, more faculty and other specialists will have to be recruited to enhance the quality of teaching, practice and standards. All these add significantly to the cost to run these courses. Q08. Will these changes affect fees charged to international students? In line with the announcement made by the Government in December 2006, beginning with the cohort of AY2008/2009, a 10% and 50% premium on fees is charged to students who are Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and International Students (IS) respectively, compared to the fees charged to Singaporean students. Like the Singaporean students, non-Singaporean undergraduate students admitted to the University in AY2009/2010 will also benefit from the deferment of the planned adjustments to their tuition fees for at least one year. Q09. With no tuition fee increase for AY2009/2010, will there be any enhancements made to the programmes? The implementation of a range of cost-cutting measures has allowed the University to reallocate funds to high priority areas. Priority is being given to increasing financial aid for students and enriching their learning experience. NUS will press ahead with significant enhancements to our educational programmes. Both Engineering and Computer Science will be rolling out, in phases, substantially revamped undergraduate curricula which place greater emphasis on design; Medical students will begin the second phase of a new cutting-edge curriculum; Pharmacy students will gain from new modules on latest developments in pharmaceutical practice; the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will have more components with a greater focus on Asia; and undergraduates in Architecture will be able to choose from new specialisations including Design Technology and Management, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture. Q10. Can we expect more financial assistance, scholarships or awards to help students in the current economic downturn? What about more subsidies and bursaries? The University has stepped up its efforts to assist students in need of financial assistance. NUS' former Financial Aid Unit was recently expanded into the Office of Financial Aid to oversee all student financial aid matters and scholarships. Students can apply for a comprehensive range of financial assistance from the University and the Ministry of Education (MOE). These options include tuition fee loans, study loans, bursaries, work-study assistance, NUS Cash Assist Loans as well as MOE's Short-Term Study Assistance Scheme. More information on financial aid can be found on the website of the Office of Financial Aid at http://admissions.nus.edu.sg/financialaid.html. In addition, the eligibility criteria for most of the financial aid schemes have also been adjusted to widen the pool of students who qualify for aid. Q11. Would NUS provide more on-campus job opportunities for students, including international students, to cope with the economic downturn? The NUS Career Centre in the Office of Student Affairs has enhanced its student services with a multipronged approach to help incoming and existing students find internships, full-time and part-time jobs on and outside campus. Its recent partnership with the Singapore Business Federation as part of the NUS Global Talent Development Programme is aimed at providing students with greater career opportunities both here and overseas. More information on the NUS Career Centre can be found on their website: http://www.nus.edu.sg/osa/career/. In addition, the Work-Study Assistance Scheme helps needy students find part-time job opportunities both on- and off-campus. Information on the Work-Study Assistance Scheme can be found at http://admissions.nus.edu.sg/financial-studentemp-work.html. Q12. Will there be any increase in tuition fees for graduate programmes? The University is currently reviewing the tuition fees for its graduate programmes. An announcement will be made when the review process has been completed. Q13. To whom can we direct comments or questions not covered in these FAQs? Please email your comments or questions to: [email protected]

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5.

Information from Office of Financial Aid

Extracted from: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/scholarships-financialaid/financialaid.html The University is committed to providing a quality education for all our students and to ensuring that no deserving student is denied admissions because of financial difficulty. Needy students can apply for financial aid which will be offered if they meet the eligibility criteria. Financial aid will be in the form of a financial aid package which is designed based on the recognition that a university education is a partnership involving the student, his/her family and the University. In structuring the package, an average student's expected cost of attendance consisting of tuition fees and living expenses, is taken into account. The financial aid package that is offered may comprise a combination of loans, bursary, and workstudy assistance, depending on the extent of the student's level of neediness which is assessed based on the declared family income and mitigating factors, if any. Students who are in need of financial assistance can apply online for financial aid during the stipulated application period. Apart from such financial aid packages, NUS also administers the MOE Bursary, Short-Term Study Assistance, Donated Scholarships and other loan schemes such as the Overseas Student Exchange Programme Loan Scheme and NUS Notebook Computer Loan Scheme. In addition, full-time undergraduate students may also enquire at their respective Faculties/ Departments/ Programmes about part-time work opportunities to assist in teaching or research, during their period of candidature as an Undergraduate Student Tutor or Student Researcher. For other employment opportunities, visit the Office of Student Affairs, Career Services. Eligibility for Undergraduate Students Your financial need will be determined from information provided by you via the Online Application System. Information you need to provide includes total family income and number of family members dependent on that income. Mitigating circumstances such as bankruptcy, critical/terminal illness, mental/physical disability in the family etc, will also be taken into account when we assess your financial need. To be eligible for consideration, applicant: must be a full-time registered undergraduate student in NUS or has been offered admission to NUS; must have made satisfactory progress towards completion of his/her academic programme, if applicant is a registered student.

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6.

Scheduled Hostel Fee Adjustment

Extracted from: http://www.nus.edu.sg/osa/housing/undergraduate/rates.html http://www.studenthousing.nus.edu.sg/app/answers/detail/a_id/559/kw/increase/r_id/166 The following table shows scheduled phased increase for hostel fee. Room rates/week Single room Double room Super Single (Raffles Hall) Type A-PGP Type B-PGP Type C/Single Room GSA Type 1 GSA Type 2 AY2008/09 (S$) 75 50 90 140 80 75 250 200 AY2009/10 (S$) 75 50 90 140 80 75 250 200 AY2010/11 (S$) 90 60 105 165 100 90 300 240 AY2011/12 (S$) 100 70 120 180 110 100 335 270

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Other Universities' Hostel Rates

Extracted from: http://www.ntu.edu.sg/campus/Accommodation/Undergrad/HallsofResidence/Pages/SummaryofRates.aspx http://www.smu.edu.sg/leasing/Prinsep/rates.asp http://www.smu.edu.sg/leasing/Havelock/rates.asp NTU Room Type Single Double Room Rate Undergraduates UG (Per Pax Per Mth) S$ 215 ­ 280 155 ­ 200 Room Rate Postgraduates PG (Per Pax Per Mth) S$ 235 ­ 350 225 ­ 305 Sem 1 (5 Mths) Aug-Dec UG Only S$ 1075 ­ 1400 775 ­ 1000 Sem 2 (4 Mths) Jan-Apr UG Only S$ 860 ­ 1120 620 ­ 800

SMU Room Type Princep ­ Single Princep ­ Double Havelock ­ Twin Room Rate $ (Per Pax Per Mth) 500 ­ 550 400 ­ 450 400 ­ 450 Sem 1 (5 Mths) Aug-Dec 2500 2000 2000 Sem 2 (4 Mths) Jan-Apr 2200 1800 1800

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Provost's Message to Students

13 March 2009 Dear Undergraduate Students, DEFERMENT OF FEE ADJUSTMENTS, AY2009/2010 The complete student circular, with detailed Annexes, is available at: https://share.nus.edu.sg/registrar/student/circulars/PVOCir(13Mar09)-UGTuitionFeeReview.pdf 1. I am writing to inform you about an announcement that will be made soon on the deferment of the planned undergraduate tuition and hostel fee adjustments for the next academic year. Deferment of Planned Tuition and Hostel Fee Adjustments 2. Recognizing the impact of the current economic downturn, NUS will be deferring its planned adjustments to the undergraduate tuition fees for the incoming AY2009/2010 cohort for one academic year. This means that all new undergraduates will pay the existing tuition fees for the next academic year. The planned increase to student hostel fees will similarly be deferred. Both new and returning students will be charged the current hostel rates. 3. While the University has decided to defer the planned fee increases for one academic year, we are aware that in a cohort-based tuition fee system, incoming students would need to be informed of their cohort tuition fee commitments. 4. We are also mindful that the current recession may not be over by next year and will review the need to continue the deferment of the planned tuition fee adjustments towards the end of 2009. 5. If the economic situation improves then, students in the AY2009/2010 cohort can expect tuition fees for most of the undergraduate courses to be raised by 4% with effect from AY2010/2011. Thereafter, the AY2009/2010 student cohort will pay this same level of fees for the remaining duration of their course of study in NUS. Taking into account the one year deferment, this works out to an annualised increase of about 1.2% each year over a four-year course duration and for Medicine, it will be 1.0% each year over a five-year course duration. Tuition fees for Architecture and Business programmes will be increased by 7%, while the fees for Law and Pharmacy will be increased by 10%. With the one year deferment, these fee adjustments would translate into annualised increases of 2.0% and 3.1% respectively. 6. Current undergraduates will not be affected by these fee adjustments.

7. Not increasing fees will impact on the University's operating budget. However, we will implement a range of cost-cutting measures so that we can press ahead with significant enhancements to our educational programmes. The University will continue to attract the best faculty, staff and students to further propel NUS to the forefront of research and education. We will also focus our resources on improving programmes and services that will benefit our students. Financial Aid 8. NUS remains committed to ensuring that no deserving student is denied a tertiary education because of

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financial difficulties and has stepped up our effort to assist students in need of financial assistance. Needy students at NUS who apply and qualify for financial aid will receive offers of financial assistance. Such students can apply for a comprehensive range of financial assistance from the University and the Ministry of Education. These schemes ensure that every student who qualifies for admission to NUS has the financial resources needed to complete his/her course of study. 9. Students who require financial aid or financial aid advice may approach the Office of Financial Aid <http://admissions.nus.edu.sg/financialaid.html> for assistance. Students staying in the Halls and who need help with hostel fees may also approach the Halls for assistance. Enquiries 10. If you have any queries, I would like to suggest that you first refer to the FAQs on Tuition Fee Review <http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/faqs/ug_feesfaq.html> and Hostel Fee Review <http://www.nus.edu.sg/osa/housing/acc/ug_rates.html> . If the information you seek is not given in the FAQs, please contact the dedicated Fee Enquiry team at email: [email protected] 11. Let me reiterate that the University is committed to achieving our core mission in ensuring a high quality education and that no qualified student will be denied of such an education because of financial difficulties. With best wishes, Prof Tan Eng Chye Provost and Deputy President (Academic Affairs) Circulars to Students are archived at: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/adminpolicy/circular.html

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Article on Straits Times

Extracted from: http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_349703.html

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March 13, 2009 No university fee hike By Jane Ng STUDENTS entering university this year will not have to worry about fee increases, while the needy ones can look forward to more financial aid from the tertiary institutions. The National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University on Friday said they are holding back their fee increase by one year. They have earlier planned to raise fees by between 4 and 10 per cent when the new term starts in August. Fees will now remain unchanged at last year's levels. This range from $6,620 a year for courses like arts and social science and engineering, to $10,050 for a law degree at the SMU and $18,960 for medicine course. The three universities adopt a cohort-based fee structure, which means students pay the same fees each year for the entire duration of their studies, and will not face any fee hike mid-way through their studies. In separate statements issued on Friday, the three universities said the existing fees will be reviewed at the end of the year and may be upped from August next year if the economic situation improves. Meanwhile, they have stepped up efforts to enhance financial help schemes. NUS recently expanded its financial aid unit and relaxed the eligibility criteria for many of its financial aid schemes so that more students can qualify. NUS provost Professor Tan Eng Chye the freeze in fees would affect the university's budget but it has introduced cost-cutting measures so that it can continue to enhance its programmes. It has also beefed up its student services to help undergrads find part time jobs on and outside the campus. NTU announced on Friday it would pump $2.2 million more to fund bursaries and an existing work study scheme, bringing the total financial aid for students to $12.48 million. Over at the SMU, tuition fees for freshmen will remain unchanged at $9,130, except for law which would cost $10,050 a year. SMU said one in eight freshmen of the new intake stands a chance to be awarded a scholarship and one in six freshmen can tap on its financial assistance schemes. It also offers help to students looking for part time employment off or on campus.

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