Yale-NUS is committed to providing financial support to our students throughout their time at Yale-NUS. Tuition fees and residential fees are cohort-based and won’t change during your time at Yale-NUS. This allows you and your family to create a financial plan for your years at the College. Yale-NUS financial aid is awarded for a full academic year and student bills are due bi-annually (October and February). Yale-NUS students are asked to reapply for financial aid each year to ensure that we continue to address current financial need. Financial aid is available to all students regardless of whether you have applied before. In the event of an unexpected change in financial status, please contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your circumstances. Current students will be notified about the opening of the Financial Aid Application in the start of the new calendar year and the application will be open from 1 March to 1 May. Please be sure to check your Yale-NUS email for notifications. The Financial Aid Application can be submitted through your Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Merit-based Scholarships

Merit-based Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission to Yale-NUS and further awards will not be made after a student has enrolled at Yale-NUS. For those seeking additional funding, you are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities through government organisations, religious and/or community groups, and private companies.

Need-based Study Awards

At Yale-NUS, one size does not fit all. That’s our approach to study awards. From the admission process, we know you are an individual and that means the way you will financially support your college education is individual as well. We believe in working with each student, one-on-one, to ensure Yale-NUS is an affordable option for a truly unique educational experience.

Need-based Study Awards are available to students from all backgrounds, regardless of nationality, and will have no bearing on your admission to Yale-NUS. Study Awards are determined based on your family’s ability to contribute to the Cost of Attendance at Yale-NUS (tuition fees, Residential College fees and other miscellaneous fees). Financial Aid Awards may consist of the following:

  • Yale-NUS Study Award: Grants provided by Yale-NUS College to assist students who require financial assistance to attend the College. This award may be used to reduce the cost of both tuition and Residential College fees. The amount awarded will vary and is dependent on the financial circumstances of the student’s immediate family.

  • Donors’ Study Award: Grants made possible by the generosity of individuals and organisations who support the mission of Yale-NUS. A list of Donor Study Awards is provided below.

  • Family Contribution: The Financial Aid Office will evaluate family income, number of persons in the household and local cost of living in order to determine an appropriate Family Contribution towards the Cost of Attendance at Yale-NUS.

  • Student Effort Contribution (SEC): The SEC, valued at $1,500, recognises Yale-NUS’s belief that funding for education is a partnership between the student and the College. The Student Effort Contribution represents the opportunity for students to contribute to their Yale-NUS experience through on-campus employment during term time, external employment between semesters, or other sources of individual funding.

Yale-NUS is committed to offering Need-Based Study Awards without the inclusion of loans. This affords students the opportunity to graduate from Yale-NUS without a burden of debt.

Other Financial Aid Schemes

In addition to merit-based scholarships and Need-based Study Awards, there are several financial aid schemes available to assist students in funding your education at Yale-NUS.

Tuition Grant Scheme

The Tuition Grant (TG) Scheme is offered by the Government of Singapore to international and Singapore permanent resident students pursuing a course of study at Yale-NUS. The TG Scheme offers a subsidised tuition rate and comes with a three-year work obligation upon graduation. In order to satisfy the work obligation, students must work for a Singapore entity or an overseas affiliate while remaining on the Singapore payroll. All earnings within the three-year work period will be kept by the student.

Students who opt to take up the TG Scheme will be required to sign the Tuition Grant Agreement. If a current student is interested in taking up the TG Scheme during the course of his/her study at Yale-NUS, please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details. 

Students who opt not to take up the TG Scheme will be required to pay unsubsidised fees, which includes the relevant Supplementary Fee, but will not have a work obligation upon graduation. Note that Yale-NUS financial aid does not apply to the Supplementary Fee. A loan, however, is available to qualifying students for the same amount. Further details on the loan and eligibility can be found here. For students in the Yale-NUS Class of 2019 or 2020, please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information about loan eligibility.

For additional information on the TG Scheme, please refer to these FAQs.

Leave of Absence

Students who are thinking of taking a Leave of Absence should note that scholarship funds will not be disbursed during the semester or semesters that they are away. Financial aid will also be cancelled during that period. However, they will be able to apply for financial aid once they return to Yale-NUS.

  • Question 1:

    What should I do if I am considering taking a leave of absence?

    Answer:

    You should first discuss your intention to take leave of absence with your Vice Rector, who may require that you consult with relevant faculty and staff. A formal application must be made in writing to the Vice Rector and must cite reasons for applying for leave.
  • Question 2:

    How does taking a leave of absence affect my current scholarship and/or financial aid?

    Answer:

    If you are a scholarship recipient, the scholarship funds will not be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on leave. If you are currently receiving financial aid, your financial aid will be cancelled during the semester(s) you are on leave. The decision to take a leave of absence will not affect your eligibility to apply for financial aid when you return to Yale-NUS. However, you must adhere to the financial aid application deadline when submitting your application.
  • Question 3:

    What do I need to do in order to receive financial aid upon my return from leave of absence?

    Answer:

    Before your return from leave, you must reapply for financial aid during the regular application cycle. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not have access to financial aid for the next academic year.
  • Question 4:

    What is the financial aid application process for students returning from leave of absence?

    Answer:

    The process is the same for all students, regardless of whether they are active or on leave of absence. The Financial Aid Application can be submitted through your Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page.
  • Question 5:

    When taking a leave of absence, do I need to do anything regarding the loan(s) I have taken?

    Answer:

    If you are currently receiving Tuition Fee Loan funds, the funds will not be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on leave. The loan will start again when you return to Yale-NUS. If you are currently receiving College loan funds, the funds will not be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on leave. Unused loan funds are not transferable to the next academic year. Please contact the Financial Aid office prior to your return if you need to submit a loan reapplication.

Study Abroad

Students on Study Abroad will continue to have their scholarship or financial aid disbursed during the semester they are away. They must reapply upon their return, taking note of the application period of 1 March to 1 May. The application process remains the same for all students, whether they are on campus or abroad. For more information, refer to the FAQ below:

  • Question 1:

    How will Study Abroad affect my current scholarship and/or financial aid?

    Answer:

    Your scholarship and/or financial aid will continue to be disbursed during the semester(s) you are abroad.
  • Question 2:

    What do I need to do in order to receive financial aid upon my return from study abroad?

    Answer:

    You must reapply for financial aid during the regular application cycle. The application cycle runs from 1 March to 1 May and this is the only opportunity to apply for financial aid for the academic year. Missing the 1 May deadline may mean a student will not have access to financial aid for the next academic year.
  • Question 3:

    What is the financial aid application process for students returning from study abroad?

    Answer:

    The process is the same for all students, regardless of whether they are on campus or on study abroad. The Financial Aid Application can be submitted through your Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page.
  • Question 4:

    When on study abroad, do I need to do anything regarding the loan(s) I have taken?

    Answer:

    If you are currently receiving loan funds, the funds will continue to be disbursed during the semester(s) you are on study abroad.

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Come to an application tips session where a member of our Admissions team will walk you through the Yale-NUS application process. This 45-minute workshop is for everyone interested in applying for Yale-NUS College, and it doesn’t matter what stage of the application process you’re in. We will offer insights on what we look for in an application, and tips on perfecting that application essay. All sessions are identical to each other. A Yale-NUS campus tour follows the workshop, and this is typically led by a current student from our Admissions & Financial Aid Student Associates team.
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