One of the most unique advantages of pursuing your education in Singapore is the benefit of the MOE Tuition Grant that is open for students from across the globe. Introduced in 1980, the Singapore MOE Tuition Grant is a scheme run by the education ministry of Singapore to subsidise the cost of higher education in Singapore. The scheme is open to full-time diploma or undergraduate studies in Singapore.
According to the Singapore Education Ministry, nearly 18% of the students in the university campuses of Singapore are international students who are required to pay almost 70% higher tuition fees compared to domestic students. As such, the Singapore Tuition Grant is an effective way for international students to manage their cost of study.
Over 1700 international students have received the grants under the Tuition Grant scheme till 2014. As such, the Tuition Grant Scheme or TGS has proven to be a very effective mechanism for the Singapore government to attract international students to its shores.
Here’s what you need to know about the Singapore MOE Tuition Grant:
What does it entail?
As the name suggests, the MOE Tuition Grant covers only the requisite tuition fee for the course. As such, it does not include any living or sundry expenses of international students.The tuition grant, basically, helps to subsidise around 55% to 80% of the student’s total tuition fee.
Best thing about the MOE Tuition Grant is that it does not have to be repaid by the student. However, the international beneficiaries are required to sign a bond with the Singapore government to work for a Singapore registered company for three years after the completion of the course. The Singapore Tuition Grant is given by the following institutes:
Institute of Technical Education
LASALLE College of the Arts
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
Nanyang Technological University
National University of Singapore
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Singapore Institute of Technology
Singapore Management University
Singapore University of Technology & Design
The tuition grant can be availed for all the courses- part-time or full- time if they fall within the level specific requirement of the Ministry of education.
What makes you eligible?
International students across all areas of study can apply for the tuition grant.
The student should also be admitted to a course in one of the institutes mentioned in the above list.
How to apply?
Aspirants can apply online for the tuition grant scheme. Aspirants need to create an account with TGonline. Below is the application procedure:
a. Activate you account with TGonline by entering the given details
UIN / FIN
Matriculation Number / Student Card Number
Date of birth
b. Once your account is activated, you have to apply for the scheme thorugh ‘Apply grant’.
The aspirants are also required to provide two sureties at the time of applying. They should also satisfy the following conditions:
The applicant should be above 21 years of age and below 65.
Applicant must not be an un-discharged bankrupt.
When do applications open?
The application period for the MOE Tuition Grant varies in accordance with the admission cycle of the Singapore universities. Below are the application dates
Application start date
Application closing date
Singapore University of Technology and Design
What does my bond include?
While the tuition grant offered by the government is of advantage to the students as there is no repayment policy involved, the catch lies in a three- year bond to be signed by the beneficiary, which requires the student to stay back and work in the country upon graduation.
However, it is not necessary that graduates work in the same organization for three years. So, they are free to change jobs within the country as long as they fulfill the 3-year contract. Also, recipients are given upto 3 months to update the government about their job status.
In instances where the graduate is unable to find a job he/she can approach the ministry after one year and declare the list of applications and rejections upon which the ministry considers further decisions.
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