Policies In Brief: Tuition fee subsidies

Tuition fee subsidies

Income eligibility criteria for the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy scheme will be revised upwards from August.

Malay undergraduates whose monthly household per capita income does not exceed $2,000, among other conditions, can receive a subsidy of between 50 per cent and 100 per cent for their fees. This is up from the previous cap of $1,500.

Marriage programme

From Oct 1, a Muslim couple will have to attend a marriage preparation programme before tying the knot if one of them is a minor below the age of 21.

The parents or guardians of the minor must also give their consent.

Adventure training

Students previously unable to take part in Outward Bound Singapore adventure training or overseas volunteer programmes organised by Youth Corps Singapore may get opportunities to do so even after they have left school.

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth is studying how to make such programmes available to those who have graduated.

SingLit in schools

All primary and secondary schools will be given a set of SingLit books - literary works written in Singapore's four official languages - so students can read local works by writers like Francis Wong, Huang Shu Jun and Ai Yu.

The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth hopes the early exposure will allow them to develop a sustained interest in local literary works.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2018, with the headline 'Policies In Brief'. Subscribe