New Registration and Admission Fees Regulations add to Parents Burdens

20% to 30% of the school fees would have to be paid few months ahead of academic year

KHDA officially had given a green light to Dubai based schools to increase their already high tuition fees from 3% to 6%. Parents will have to pay more for education that according to International statistics still lags behind the modern standards.

Along with the new guidelines for school fees increase, KHDA also released new regulations in regards to the registration and admission fees. Previously, schools were not allowed to request parents to pay in advance the school fees for the coming year.  Now, they will have to pay higher amounts and moreover, they will be obliged to do that in advance. Read further the detailed guidelines by KHDA:

Registration and Admission Fees

Notwithstanding the conditions mentioned in the parent-school contract, the registration and admission fees are regulated as follows:

Existing students:

A school may charge up to 20% of the school’s tuition fees as a re-registration deposit to confirm the return of existing students in the new academic year. This deposit should be deducted from the total tuition fees for the academic year in which the admission is being sought.

New students:

A school may charge up to 30% of the school’s tuition fees as an admission fee to confirm that selected students will opt to take up the offered places. This fee should be deducted from the total tuition fees for the academic year in which the admission is being sought.


In the cases of both existing and new students, deposits and fees will not be refunded if students choose not to return to school for the next academic year or choose not to take the offered places. However, a school may choose to refund the deposit under special circumstances. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, evidence of family travel to another country, a move to another Emirate or any unforeseen circumstances. Such cases may be submitted to KHDA for study.

In the case of refund and recovery, the school fees will be calculated as follows:

  • If the student attends school for two weeks or less, a month’s of school fees will be deducted;
  • If the student attends school for a period ranging between two weeks and one month, two months’ school fees will be deducted
  • If the student attends for more than a month, three months’ school fees will be deducted.

The value of the fee per month is calculated by dividing the total school fees by ten. Charges for books and school uniforms will not be refunded, but the above conditions for refund apply to transportation fees if the service is provided by the school.

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