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Ministry of Education (MOE) Independent School Bursary (ISB)

The Ministry of Education provides financial assistance to needy Singapore Citizen pupils so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in education. It also provides subsidy for school fees to Singapore Citizen pupils from lower and middle income families in Independent Schools.

The MOE ISB scheme offers tiered school fee subsidies ranging from 33% to 100% to Singaporean pupils, whose families meet the income criteria shown in the table below.  

Details:

  1. Eligibility Criteria - A pupil is a Singapore Citizen, and meets the GHI or PCI criterion. 
  2. Tenure of Bursary - All ISB approved cases will be valid till December of the year.  Fresh applications will have to be submitted for each academic year.
  3. Effective Month – Pupils can apply any time of the year.  It will take effect in the month the application is approved.   There will be no backdating of effective month.

Income Criteria (with effect from 2014) :

Monthly Gross Household Income (GHI)

Monthly Gross Per Capita Income (PCI)

Benefits

Not exceeding $2,500

Not exceeding $625

  • 100% school fees subsidy
  • Free textbooks and school attire (Secondary level); $750 bursary (JC level)
  • School Meals Programme @ $2.50 x 7 meals per week (Secondary level)
  • Transport subsidy: $120 in transport credit per annum (or $10 per month)

$2,501 - $4,000

$626 - $1,000

90% school fees subsidy

$4,001 - $5,000

$1,001 - $1,250

70% school fees subsidy

$5,001 - $6,000

$1,251 - $1,500

50% school fees subsidy

$6,001 - $7,200

$1,501 - $1,800

33% school fees subsidy

ISB coverage also extends to miscellaneous fees subsidy.



The pupil needs to satisfy either the Gross Household Income (GHI) or the Per Capita Income (PCI) criterion. PCI is computed based on the GHI divided by the number of members in the household (including parents, siblings and grandparents).

If the PCI criterion is used and the household members include grandparents or other dependents, copies of their NRICs are to be submitted to prove that they are living at the same address.   If child dependents are included, relevant legal documents are required to prove that they are under the custody of the family.

Pupils who wish to apply for ISB are to submit the application form together with relevant documents. The School will inform pupils on the outcome of their applications.

The MOE ISB application form can be obtained here or at the General Office.

For information on Ministry of Education (MOE) Independent School Bursary (ISB), you can visit MOE website at: http://www.moe.gov.sg/initiatives/financial-assistance/

NUS High School Study Awards

Study Awards may be given to NUS High School students who received school fees subsidy under the MOE Independent School Bursary (ISB) scheme.

Besides the school fees subsidy under the MOE ISB scheme, NUS High School provides additional financial assistance to needy Singapore Citizen pupils so that all Singaporeans, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in education.