Financial assistance for students

Updated: 03 Nov 2016
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To ensure education is accessible to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents regardless their financial background, the government and several interest groups have introduced a number of schemes to make education affordable.

Schemes for government schools

The following financial assistance schemes are administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE), Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and The Straits Times for those from low-income households who wish to study in government or government-aided schools:

MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (MOE FAS)

Benefits Financial assistance covers school fees & materials
Eligibility
  • Monthly Gross Household Income (GHI) of less than $2,500, or
  • Monthly Per Capita Income (PCI) of less than $625
Applies to
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Junior college or pre-university instituition
How to apply Submit application form with relevant documents to the school. Forms may be obtained from the school or online.

Read more about the MOE FAS.

MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) scheme

Benefits
  • Financial assistance covers school fees & materials
  • Tiered to provide more assistance to those with lower monthly GHI & monthly PCI
Eligibility
  • Monthly GHI of less than $7,200, or
  • Monthly PCI of less than $1,800
Applies to Independent school
How to apply Submit application form with relevant documents to the school. Forms may be obtained from the school or online.

Read more about the MOE ISB scheme.

IMDA’s NEU PC Plus programme: PC-Bundle scheme

Benefits Subsidised computer & free broadband subscription
Eligibility
  • Monthly GHI not exceeding $3,400, or
  • Monthly PCI not exceeding $900 ($1,125 if there is a permanently disabled household member)
Applies to
  • Full-time student aged 25 and below, & in one of these institutions:
    • Government or government-aided primary or secondary school
    • Independent school
    • MOE-funded special education school
    • Institute of Technical Education (ITE)
    • Junior college
    • Centralised institute
    • Polytechnic
    • Specialised independent school
    • Specialised school
  • Person with permanent disability
How to apply Submit application form with relevant documents to the school or an IMDA-appointed lead agency. Forms may be obtained from the school or online.

Read more about IMDA’S NEU PC Plus programme: PC-Bundle scheme.

Schemes for tuition programmes

CDAC’s General Tuition Programme (GTP)

Benefits Subsidised tuition fees
Eligibility
  • At least 1 parent is Chinese
  • Monthly GHI of less than $3,000 or monthly PCI of less than $800
  • Student is currently not excelling in school (refer to these results criteria)
Applies to
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
How to apply Submit application form with relevant documents to:
  • Any CDAC Centre or
  • CDAC Secretariat
    65 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 436957

Read more about the GTP.

MENDAKI Tuition Scheme (MTS)

Benefits Subsidised tuition fees
Eligibility
  • Student is Muslim
  • Student has obtained 75 marks & below in at least 1 tuition subject at most recent year-end examination
Applies to
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
How to apply Register with required documents at the relevant centre. Applications are accepted in November for the following academic year.

Read more about the MTS.

MENDAKI’s Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS)

Benefits Subsidised fees
Eligibility
  • Student is of Malay descent
  • Monthly PCI of less than $1,500 (the lower the PCI the higher the subsidy)
Applies to
  • Polytechnic
  • Government university
  • ITE
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts*
  • LASALLE College of the Arts*
  • Yale-National University of Singapore College**
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine**
*MOE-subsidised full-time degree & diploma programmes only
**Full-time degree programmes only
How to apply Apply online

Read more about the TTFS.

SINDA’s Tutorial for Enhanced Performance (STEP)

Benefits Subsidised tuition fees
Eligibility Indian student
Applies to
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
How to apply Register at the centre with relevant documents.

Read more about STEP.

SINDA’s Home Based Tuition

Benefits Personal home tuition for students unable to attend STEP or other tuition programmes
Eligibility
  • Student is Indian
  • Weak in core subjects like English, Mathematics & Science
  • Cannot attend tuition at STEP centres
  • Monthly GHI of less than $2,000
Applies to
  • Primary school
  • Lower secondary student
How to apply Contact Ms Kalpana from SINDA at 6393 7225 or [email protected].

Read more about Home based Tuition.

Collaborative Tuition Programme (CTP)

Benefits Subsidised tuition fees
Eligibility
  • Monthly GHI of less than $3,000 or monthly PCI of less than $800
  • Student is not excelling in school (enquire with the respective Self-Help Group for results criteria)
Applies to
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school
How to apply Register at participating tuition centre run by the relevant Self-Help Group.

Read more about CTP managed by CDAC.

Read more about CTP managed by MENDAKI.

Read more about CTP managed by SINDA.

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