1. There are some press reports that education will become expensive under GST. These are completely unsubstantiated. There is no change made in any subject relating to education in the GST era, except to reduce tax rate on certain items of education such as school bags etc. (source)
2. It may be mentioned that services provided by an educational institution to students, faculty and staff are exempt:
(i) pre-school education and education up to higher secondary school or equivalent;
(ii) education as a part of a curriculum for obtaining a qualification recognised by any law for the time being in force;
(iii) education as a part of an approved vocational education course.
Thus, education upto Higher Secondary School level does not suffer GST on output services and also on most of the important input services. Some of the input services like transport, canteen etc. provided by private players to educational institutions were subject to service tax in pre-GST era and the same is continued in GST regime.
4. Furthermore, services by an entity registered under section 12AA of the Income-tax Act by way of charitable activities relating to advancement of educational programmes or skill development for
(a) abandoned, orphaned or homeless children
(b) physically or mentally abused and traumatized persons
(d) persons over the age of 65 years residing in a rural area
are also exempt from GST.
5. Hence, there has been no change in taxability of educational and other services on account of GST.