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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.
- The ISB application form may be downloaded here.
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.
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.