Private Schools in Dubai allowed to increase fees by up to 5.2%

Dubai Web Desk

DUBAI, UAE: The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai has announced that following an annual review of the audited financial reports of Private Schools and in collaboration with Digital Dubai, the approved Education Cost Index (ECI) for Dubai Private Schools for the 2024-25 Academic Year has been set at 2.6 percent.

Now Private Schools in Dubai will be able to increase their fees by up to 5.2 percent, depending on how they fared in the latest annual inspections.

Under the School Fees Framework, Private Schools whose ratings have dropped will not be eligible to increase their fees.

The increase rate is tied to each institute’s rating in inspections that the KHDA carries out each year.

Any fee adjustment by schools must be approved by the KHDA.

Here are the calculations:

  • Schools that improve their rating from ‘Weak’ to ‘Acceptable’ or ‘Acceptable’ to ‘Good’ can increase their fees by up to double the ECI of 2.6 percent, which is 5.2 percent.
  • Schools moving from ‘Good’ to ‘Very Good’ will benefit from an increase of up to 1.75 times the ECI. That’s an increase of up to 4.55 percent.
  • Schools improving their rating from ‘Very Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ will be eligible to increase their fees by up to 1.5 times the ECI, which is 3.9 percent.
  • Schools that maintain the same inspection rating will be allowed to increase their fees by up to 2.6 percent.