School costs in Abu Dhabi are anticipated to rise this year.

The Educational Cost Index (ECI) and the approved school fee structure for the academic year 2023–2024 have both been released by Abu Dhabi’s Directorate of Education and Knowledge (ADEK).

This declaration follows three years in which tuition costs were held steady to support families both during and after the pandemic.

The increase of tuition is determined by the Educational Cost Index (ECI) for the emirate, which was developed in collaboration with the Statistical Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD), as well as the results of each school’s Irtiqaa inspection.


Schools with a “Outstanding” grade in the 2021–22 academic year may choose to increase their fees by up to 3.94% for the upcoming academic year, while institutions with a “Very Excellent” rating may only do so by 3.38%.

Colleges with a “Good” grade are permitted to increase tuition prices by 2.81%, while institutions with ratings of “Acceptable,” “Weak,” and “Very Weak” are permitted to increase tuition costs by up to 2.25%.

Schools must have been in operation for at least three years and adhere to the authorised updated fee structure in order to be eligible for a normal tuition fee hike.

According to the most recent Irtiqaa inspection results, 11 schools obtained a “Outstanding” rating, 37 received a “Very Good” rating, 85 received a “Good” rating, 63 received a “Acceptable” rating, and 1 received a “Weak” rating.

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