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Paying education fees with your credit card through CardUp

The CardUp Team May 10, 2022 6:26:00 PM
Paying education fees with your credit card to earn more rewards!

Even with the rising costs of education, many of us still see its importance as a worthy investment. From pre-schools to post-graduate education to everything in between, there are many returns and benefits to be reaped, in the form of growth, knowledge and networks to be gained. 

The costs however, now range from anywhere between $300 to over $2,000 each month for preschools, and upwards of $50,000 per year for international schools. This is a large financial outlay, and it would be ideal if this ‘investment’ could also net you some cost savings and financial benefits as well, in addition to everything mentioned above.

Well, turns out it could. 


Putting your education fees on your credit card using CardUp

CardUp lets you get a little extra out of your education fee payments, by letting you earn precious miles, points and cashback off of this large payment. With CardUp, you can pay:

  • Pre-school fees for your child
  • Extra-curricular tuition and enrichment classes
  • International school fees
  • Training institutes and courses

While there are some schools that already accept credit card payments directly, most schools only still accept cash, cheque or bank transfer payments. This makes this payment exactly what it is - just an outflow of cash with no credit card rewards to be earned. CardUp thus enables this payment to be shifted onto your credit cards, which lets you enjoy the benefits of card payments on this large expense!




Why should I pay my education fees using CardUp?

By using your favourite credit cards for these payments, you’ll be able to enjoy the following benefits:


💳 Earn card rewards

While we always seek to maximise credit card rewards on everyday spend such as dining, transport and entertainment, these costs are small, especially in comparison to education fees. Even though CardUp charges a fee per transaction, the rewards earned can easily outweigh this fee, as we’ll be calculating and outlining for you later on in the article.

Furthermore, you can also take advantage of our ongoing GET225 promotion to get a 2.25% fee on all your payments!


💵 Go after attractive signup bonuses

Many cards offer attractive signup bonuses easily worth hundreds of dollars, with the requirement of spending a few thousand dollars within a few months’ time. While your regular spend might not be sufficient to attain these numbers, putting a large bill like your education fees will be a good way to do so without any additional, unnecessary spend!


🔁 Never miss a payment with recurring schedules

CardUp allows you to schedule recurring payments, so you don’t have to worry about due dates or missing payments. Once set up, it is done automatically - each month your card is charged for the education fee amount plus the CardUp fee, and the school receives the payment on time via a bank transfer. This leaves to simply kick back and relax, while your card rewards are earned each month.

You can also monitor every payment - past and future - on our user-friendly dashboard, making it easy to browse through all your transactions.



How much can I earn on my education fees through CardUp?

Here’s how much you could be saving by simply taking a few minutes to schedule your education fee payments on CardUp:


✈️ Scenario 1: Miles

While simply putting your education fees on your credit cards through CardUp might not earn you sufficient air miles for a fancy business class flight, combining them with other spend would get you that luxurious getaway for cheap! 

Combining your other spend such as helper salary, rent, insurance, electricity bills and more, you’ll be able to earn sufficient miles to fly business class to Japan at just half the price! Here’s how:



Payment type Spend

Get225 Discounted fee

(2.25% per transaction)


(1.4 miles per dollar)

Insurance premiums S$830 per month S$123,30 per month = SS$1,4790.60 per year

94,135 air miles

Worth S$4,000 when redeemed for a return business class flight to Tokyo, Japan!

Rent S$2,900 per month
Education fees S$900 per month
Helper salary S$650 per month
Electricity bills S$200 per month
Total S$65,760


Through CardUp, you're now able to earn sufficient miles to fly to Japan on business class (worth $4,000), while paying only $1,480 in fees!

> Read more: Best air miles cards to earn more miles on CardUp


Learn more about our 2.25% fees


💰 Scenario 2: Cashback

A popular cashback card in the market is the Maybank Platinum Visa card, which gives up to 3% cashback on all online payments, CardUp spend included. Making your payments through CardUp (e.g. your monthly education fee of $1,000) – should easily allow you to hit the spend of S$1,000 every month for each quarter to qualify for the maximum S$100 quarterly cashback (i.e. S$400 yearly cashback).

> Read more: Best cashback cards to maximise rebates on CardUp


How do I start?

CardUp makes paying your education fees a breeze. Here’s how you can get started in a few minutes, allowing you to spend less time making these payments, and more time enjoying the benefits of card payments:

1. Sign up for a free CardUp account

If you're an existing CardUp user, log in to your account.

Sign up or log in to account


2. Schedule a payment

Start scheduling your payment by selecting the Education payment category

Schedule Education payment


3. Select your recipient

Select your school from the dropdown list. If your school is not found in the dropdown list you can add it to your recipient list by selecting on '+ Add New' and filling in the details.

Select your recipient


4. Set up your payment

Fill in details such as your payment amount and schedule. Select your card, enter a promo code (if any), and you're good to go!

Set up your payment


5. Upload documents

Upload an up-to-date document to validate your payments. If you're adding a new school, you also need to upload documents to validate the school's bank account details.

Upload documents


6. Review your payments

Look through the payments you've set up, click on 'Submit' and you're good to go! Sit back and watch the rewards roll in.

Review your payments


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