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Private school tuition fees in Dubai

Private school tuition fees and fee structure in Dubai

KHDA Dubai rules according to their School Fees Framework allow private schools to charge parents a holding deposit to secure a place once offered. This is non-refundable in most circumstances, and can be up to 20% of annual fees for existing students, and up to 30% for new students registering or enrolling at a school. Do not believe school terms and conditions that imply the fee is refundable. Many schools omit mentioning the fee is non-refundable or mislead parents by saying things like the security deposit is refundable (it is but it's a different fee, and is refundable when a student leaves a school, not if a family changes their mind about enrolling a child). Mind the gap.

General information about school fees in Dubai and the UAE

Private schools in Dubai charge fees of anywhere between AED 5,000 and close to AED 100,000 per year per student, depending on the quality of the facilities, staff salaries, and how much profit the owner wants to make. Expat residents have little choice in paying fees for their children as UAE government run schools are restricted to Emirati citizens only (with occasional exceptions - usually for expat GCC or Arab families). Home schooling in UAE is about the only realistic option for expats wanting to avoid paying school fees.

Registration and admission fees in Dubai Schools (KHDA)

April 2012: This information supplied by the KHDA1 which applies only to schools in Dubai, not other emirates, although similar regulations might be in effect.

Overdue school fees from 2009-2012 in Abu Dhabi paid by Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE
Advance payment of school tuition fees and fee payment deadlines in Dubai and the UAE
Registration, admission, and application fees in Dubai
Assistance with school fees in the UAE

Parents looking for financial assistance should try asking at the school first - they might help with payment rescheduling, or suggest organisations that could help. Or try contacting ADEC in Abu Dhabi or the KHDA in Dubai - they won't offer financial assistance themselves as far as we know, but might have suggestions for where to go.

School fee increases 2015-2016

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School fee increases 2014-2015

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School fee increases in Dubai 2013-2014

Closed or not KHDA licenced schools checked Apr -Jun 2013

KHDA 2013-2014 school fee updates Apr-Jun 2013

Schools with fee increases 2012-2013 to 2013-2014

School fee increases in Dubai 2012-2013
School fee increases in Dubai 2007-2012
KHDA school fee freeze March 2010
May 2010 Dubai school fee increases
School fee increases in Abu Dhabi
School fee increases in Sharjah
  1. School Fees Framework, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, 2012.
Last update Sunday 22-Mar-2015. Page development 5C.
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