Continuity of school financial assistance

Published Date: 03 November 2021 07:30 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Dr Tan Wu Meng, Jurong GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education what measures are in place to support continuity of school financial assistance when a student is posted from one school to another, including postings taking place after national exams.

Response

1. The MOE Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), which provides support for Singaporean students from lower income households, is provided for one year at a time. This allows support to be reviewed and adjusted as family circumstances vary with time.

2. Students under the MOE FAS continue to receive support, if they transfer across schools in the course of the school year, without having to re-apply.

3. For graduating students who wish to apply for financial assistance in the school they will be progressing to, they can make an FAS application in their current school towards the end of the graduating year. If the application is successful, the students will receive the FAS support in the school they will be progressing to. This arrangement covers our government and government-aided schools, specialised schools, and independent schools.

4. To support students progressing into our institutes of higher learning (IHLs), MOE also shares with ITE, the polytechnics and the autonomous universities (AUs) the list of former MOE FAS recipients who are posted to them. This allows the institutions to reach out to these students, and provide them with financial support, if needed.

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