What Financial Support is Available for SPED School Students

Financial Assistance for SPED School Students

If you require financial assistance for your child in a SPED school, you may refer to the list of financial subsidies and grants below.

SPED Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS)

SPED FAS is provided by MOE, together with the National Council of Social Service for needy Singaporean students in MOE-funded SPED schools. It ensures that all Singaporean SPED student, regardless of their financial background, can benefit from the best opportunities in education.

Eligibility

A Singaporean student can apply for assistance under the SPED FAS if he/she meets either of the following criteria:

  • Gross Household Income (GHI) not exceeding $2,750 per month

OR

  • Per Capita Income (PCI) not exceeding $690 per month

PCI enables students from larger families to benefit from financial assistance. It is computed by dividing the gross household income by the number of members in the household.

Benefits

Please refer to the table below for the benefits under SPED FAS.

Item

Benefits

School Fees

Full waiver

Textbooks

Free textbooks

School Attire

Free school attire

School Meals Programme

Meal subsidies for seven meals per school week. Application for meal subsidies is not required.

  • Students aged 7-12 years old will receive subsidies of $2 per meal.
  • Students aged 13 and up to 21 years old will receive subsidies of $2.50 per meal.

Transport

$120 transport credit per annum for students travelling to and from school via public transport (public bus or MRT/LRT)

Note: Students who take school bus to and from school will continue to be eligible for Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) Transport Subsidies Scheme which is administered by SG Enable and provides a higher subsidy of up to 80% of their monthly school bus fares.

Students who are only able to travel to school by taxi will be eligible for MSF’s Taxi Subsidy Scheme.

How to Apply?

Application forms may be obtained from the SPED schools. All completed forms must be submitted directly to the schools, with relevant supporting documents.

Annual Grant for Discretionary Financial Assistance (DFA)

All MOE-funded SPED schools are provided with an Annual Grant for Discretionary Financial Assistance (DFA) to provide targeted school-based financial assistance to Singaporean students, subject to approval by their School Management Committees.

SSO Supported School Based Financial Assistance

In addition to the SPED FAS and Annual Grant for DFA, SPED schools can also provide their own school-based financial assistance to further support students who require financial support. To find out more about such financial support schemes, you may speak to the staff or social worker in the SPED schools.

For Information:

Edusave

All Singaporean children studying in MOE-funded SPED schools can benefit from Edusave in four ways:

  • Edusave Pupils Fund
  • Edusave Grants
  • Opportunity Fund
  • Grants for School-based Achievement Awards for SPED Schools

Other Support

There are also other agencies which provide support to SPED school students. You may refer to more information on their respective websites.

Agency

Form of Support

SG Enable

VWO Transport Subsidies provide support for persons with disabilities who need to take dedicated transport provided by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to access school and care services.

Infocomm Media Development Authority

The NEU PC Plus Programme offers students and persons with disabilities from low-income households the opportunity to own a brand new computer at an affordable price.

Transit Link

School Smartcard

There are fare concessions for students to

  • receive a stored value smartcard to use for travel on buses, the MRT and LRT.
  • enjoy student fares and have the option of purchasing a Monthly Concession Pass which are available at any TransitLink Ticket Office and Add Value Machine.