More bursary support for post-sec education

In the pursuit of post-secondary education, less well-off students will not be left behind.

The Government will be raising the annual bursary amounts for students attending post-secondary education institutions, such as the universities, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.

"The amount of increase will be up to $400 for undergraduate students, up to $350 for diploma students and up to $200 for ITE students," he said.

"For ITE students, existing bursaries already more than cover their course fees."

The bursaries will also be extended to more families, after a revision in the income eligibility criteria.

About 12,000 more Singaporean students are expected to benefit, taking the total number of beneficiaries to 71,000.

In total, bursaries for students at post-secondary education institutions will increase to $150 million a year, up from about $100 million.

More details will be released soon by the Ministry of Education.


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Dr Timothy Chan, director of SIM Global Education's academic division, said the change will be welcomed by less well-off families.

"This is in line with the Government's pledge that no deserving Singapore students will be denied post-secondary education in Singapore," he said.

Calvin Yang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 21, 2017, with the headline 'More bursary support for post-sec education'. Print Edition | Subscribe