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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.
- Eligibility Criteria - A pupil is a Singapore Citizen, and meets the GHI or PCI criterion.
- 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.
- 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 1 April 2020) :
|(Meet one of the following criteria)|
|Monthly Gross household Income (GHI)||Per capita Income (PCI)@|
|Not exceeding $2,750||Not exceeding $690||
-100% subsidy of school and miscellaneous feesᵒ.
-Free textbooks and school attire at Secondary level
-Pre-university bursary at $1000 per annum
-School meal subsidies at $2.90 per meal for 10 meals per school week at Secondary level
-Full subsidy of exam fees^
-Transport Subsidy: $15 transport credits per month from the month of approval, up to $180 transport credits per annum* (for students taking public transport)
|$2,751 - $4,000||$691 - $1,000||Subsidy such that student pays the same fee~ as student studying in government and government-aided schools (GGAS)|
|$4,001 - $6,900||$1,001 - $1,725||
Subsidy such that student pays 1.5x GGAS fee~
(Except for NUS High Year 5 and 6 pupils who will continue to receive 90% fee subsidy until the fee payable exceeds the prevailing GGAS fee for pre-university pupils, for which the enhanced subsidy will apply)
|$6,9001 - $9,000||$1,726 - $2,250||33% subsidy of feesᵒ|
|NUS High School Core module school notes will be subsidised according to approved ISB tier (only applicable to approved cases in January.)|
1 Exam fees for GCE O and A levels have been waived for all Singapore Citizen pupils from 2015.
2 Except for NUS High Year 5 and 6 pupils who will continue to receive 90% fee subsidy until the fee payable exceeds the prevailing GGAS fee for pre-university pupils, for which the enhanced subsidy indicated in the above table will apply.
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 ISB application form may be downloaded here.
With effect from 1 April 2019, MOE has introduced the UPLIFT Scholarship to recognise the achievements of students in Independent Schools who have performed well academically or in specific talents areas, and are from lower-income families.
The UPLIFT Scholarship is awarded to students who are:
Singapore Citizens attending Independent Schools;
Admitted to the school through Direct School Admission or qualified for the Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools; and
From families with gross monthly household income (GHI) ≤ $2,750, or gross monthly household per capita income (PCI) ≤ $690 (PCI = GHI divided by number of household members). (Note: these students qualify for 100% fee subsidy under the Independent School Bursary (ISB)).
ISB recipients receiving 100% fee subsidy will be auto-awarded the UPLIFT Scholarship. To apply, please submit the completed ISB application form and all relevant documents to the school.
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.