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Financial Assistance

NUS High School supports financially needy students with an array of financial assistance schemes. They include Ministry of Education (MOE) Independent Schools Bursary (ISB), school-based financial assistance, scholarships, study awards, and bursaries from various self-help groups and external organizations. These are available to uplift our needy students so that our students do not face resource constraints in their pursuit of academic excellence in NUS High School.

Students who require financial assistance at any point in time may email Student Affairs staff via the school email - [email protected] or approach Student Affairs staff at the School Admin Office.

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.


    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.
    4. The ISB application form may be downloaded HERE

Eligibility Criteria and Benefits:

Income Criteria6
(Meet one of the following criteria)


Monthly Gross Household Income (GHI)

Per Capita Income

Not exceeding $3,000

Not exceeding $750

  • 100% subsidy of school and miscellaneous fees
  • Free textbooks and school attire at Secondary level; Annual bursary of $1,200 at Pre-university level                                       
  • Full subsidy of exam fees3
  • Transport Subsidy: $17 per month from the month of approval, up to $204 per annum4 (for students taking public transport)
  • School meal subsidies of $3.50 per meal for 10 meals per school week for secondary level (disbursement mode to be informed upon approval)

$3,001 - $4,400

$751 - $1,100

Subsidy such that student pays the same fee5 as student studying in government and government-aided schools (GGAS). (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)

$4,401 - $7,500

$1,101 - $1,875

Subsidy such that student pays 1.5x GGAS fee5

$7,501 - $10,000

$1,876 - $2,500

33% subsidy of school and miscellaneous fees

NUS High School Core module school notes will be subsidised according to approved ISB tier

(Only applicable to approved cases in January).

1Includspecialised independent schools, namely, NUS High School of Math and Science and School of Science and Technology. Does not include Singapore Sports School and School of Art which have their own schemes to provide financial assistance for their students. Please refer to the school's website for information on their financial assistance schemes.

2PCI = Monthly GHI / No. of members in thsame household.

3Applicable only to Singapore Citizen students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in Government-funded schools. Exam fees for GCE 'O' and 'A' levels are waived for all Singapore citizens in Government-funded schools.

4 The public transport subsidy will only be provided from the effective month of the MOE ISB till December of the year.

5GGAS fee comprises school fee, standard miscellaneous fee and maximum 2nd tier miscellaneous fee payable by Singapore Citizen students in GGAS.

6 With effect from 1 January 2023

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.

UPLIFT Scholarship

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 (This includes students admitted via school-based admission) or qualified for the Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS) award; 

From families with gross monthly household income (GHI) ≤ $4,400, or gross monthly household per capita income (PCI) ≤ $1,100 (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.

Temasek Foundation Study Award for STEM
Temasek Foundation Study Award for STEM 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.