Private Education in Singapore
The Committee for Private Education (CPE) was appointed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Board in October 2016 to carry out its functions and powers relating to private education under the Private Education Act. The CPE is supported by a team of dedicated staff from SSG to regulate the sector, provide student services, consumer education and facilitate capability development efforts to uplift standards in the local private education industry.
In March 2011, LASALLE was registered as a Private Education Institution under the Enhanced Registration Framework for a 4-year period. The registration was renewed in March 2015 for another 4 years.
EduTrust and LASALLE
EduTrust is a quality assurance scheme administered by the CPE, and distinguishes the high quality education providers from within Singapore’s private education industry.
LASALLE obtained a 4-year EduTrust certification with the CPE in October 2011, and was awarded the EduTrust Star during its renewal in 2015. The EduTrust Star award is given to private education institutions who have attained a commendable level of performance in managing their institution. The EduTrust Star award demonstrates a symbol of recognition for outstanding achievement, and has a validity of 4 years.
The EduTrust Certification Scheme comprises seven criteria:
- Management commitment and responsibilities
- Corporate governance and administration
- External recruitment agents
- Student protection and support services
- Academic processes and student assessment
- Achievement of student and graduate outcomes
- Quality assurance, monitoring and results
LASALLE recognises the importance of the EduTrust certification scheme, and all legislations enacted by the Committee for Private Education.
LASALLE College of the Arts is registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE).
The Committee for Private Education is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).
Registration No.: 199202950W Validity: 25/03/2015 – 24/03/2019
LASALLE adopts the Committee for Private Education (CPE) standard PEI-Student Contract. Students can refer to CPE website for a copy of this contract.
As part of the enhancement of the Singapore private educational landscape, the Singapore Private Education Act stipulates that all private educational institutions must sign a student contract with students enrolled. More information can be found in www.cpe.gov.sg
To accept the offer for admission, students are required to complete and return signed copies of the LASALLE-Student contract in order to be enrolled with the College.
Refund During Cooling-Off Period
The PEI will provide the Student with a cooling-off period of seven (7) working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties.
The Student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in Schedule D*) of the fees already paid if the Student submits a written notice of withdrawal to the PEI within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not.
* Schedule D can be found in the Student Contract upon receiving the offer from LASALLE.
New students who wish to withdraw from their programme of study after an acceptance of offer but before programme commencement are required to notify the College via an email indicating their intention to withdraw to the Admissions Office. Should the notice of withdrawal fall within the cooling-off period of seven working days from signing the student contract, the Maximum Refund as stipulated in the contract applies. Otherwise, the College’s refund policy will apply.
Students withdrawing after programme commencement are required to submit relevant withdrawal forms and seek approval from the College in accordance with the College’s withdrawal procedures (details are available on the College’s Learning Portal). For international students, the student pass will be cancelled upon approval. Any refunds will be processed in accordance with the College’s refund policy.
Transferring from a programme to another is deemed as a withdrawal from the current course.
New students who have accepted an offer in a programme but wish to change programme prior to the programme commencement date are required to notify the College and re-apply for admission into the new programme.
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)
FPS serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. The Fee Protection Scheme also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.
As an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the Fee Protection Scheme to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for ALL local and international students who are taking Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts, Foundation Certificate in Visual Arts, and English programmes at LASALLE.
Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are funded by MOE and therefore all fees are exempted from the Student Fee Protection Scheme under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).
FAQ about Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)
Q1. Why does EduTrust maintain a need of FPS for ALL students at LASALLE (Degree, Master, and Certificate Programme)?
As student fees form a substantial financial income of the Private Education Institutions (PEI), the need to protect the funds is crucial to compensate students when the PEI faces any financial difficulties and is unable to continue to offer their courses. Under such circumstances, students can look forward to the refund of any unconsumed payments made.
Q2. How much does the student need to pay for FPS?
LASALLE has engaged Lonpac Insurance Bhd (one of the Committee for Private Education-appointed insurance companies) to provide coverage for FPS.
Students who are enrolled under (Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Master of Arts, or Certificate programmes) are required to pay a premium of 0.485% of the fees paid per semester. FPS fee is subject to the prevailing premiums charged by the Insurers, and are subjected to change on an annual basis.
Q3. How and where student need to pay their FPS?
Students can make payment at Finance Payment Counter located at Block E level 2. The operation hours is from Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Student may pay their FPS premiums by mode of payment: Cash, Cheque, NETS or Credit Cards. International students must bear the bank charges if they wish to do a telegraphic transfer.
A copy of the student insurance certificate will be emailed to each student by the insurance provider once the protection is effected.
Q4. How to find out more on FPS and where student can address their complaint?
Student may visit CPE website for further information on FPS.
Alternatively, students may contact and approach the CPE Student Services Centre, located at:
1 Orchard Road (YMCA Building), #01-01
Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut (Exit A)