What is the Tuition Grant Scheme?
The Tuition Grant Scheme (TGS) was introduced by the Government to subsidise the high cost of tertiary education in Singapore. The TGS is currently open to students enrolled for full time undergraduate/diploma courses (subject to guidelines under existing policy). In exchange for Government subsidy received under the TGS, all non-Singaporean students (including Singapore Permanent Residents), are required to sign a TG agreement in which they will be contractually obliged to work in Singapore for a minimum period of 3 years upon graduation.
How can freshmen apply for the Tuition Grant?
During NUS Registration Part 1 online in July, freshmen will indicate their intention of applying for MOE Tuition Grant. If they indicated yes, an email with instructions on how to apply for the grant will be sent to the students in August.
There are two parts for the application procedure - Application and Signing.
Part 1: Application
Late August - early September
Freshmen who are international students and Singapore permanent residents will receive an email from the NUS Office of Admissions and a reminder from the Conservatory Student Affairs Office to submit the application. Instructions will be provided in the email.
The agreement will require students to find TWO guarantors/sureties to complete the signing. The two sureties (preferably family members, relatives or close friends) will be required to execute the Agreement with the student. Sureties may be of any nationality, be above 21 but below 65 years old and must not be a bankrupt.
Part 2: Signing
September - October
Freshmen with Overseas Guarantors
Freshmen whose guarantors are overseas must check the online application for results of the application from about a week after submitting the application in Part 1 in August. They must download the agreement (which will be in pdf format) and email it to the respective guarantors to sign.
The overseas guarantors must print the agreement on white single-sided, A4-size paper and sign on the same agreement in the presence of any of the following witnesses: 1) Notary Public, 2) Staff of Singapore Embassy, 3) Commissioner of Oath, or 4) Lawyer (must use company’s stamp).
After the overseas guarantors have signed the agreement with the witness, the agreement must be MAILED to the student's address in Singapore.
Freshmen will bring the agreement to sign their part in the presence of officers from the Ministry of Education who will be on-site in September/October (dates to be advised).
Freshmen with Guarantors in Singapore
Freshmen whose guarantors are in Singapore must check the online application for results of the application from about a week after submitting the application in Part 1 in August. They do not need to print the agreement.
There will be a date and time scheduled for the signing of the agreement to take place in NUS in September/October (dates to be advised). Freshmen and the guarantors must meet to sign the agreement together in the presence of officers from the NUS Office of Admissions (Financial Aid).