Yale-NUS Financial Aid is offered in order to ensure that all of our students have access to the unique experiences of a Yale-NUS education. Our Financial Aid philosophy is based on the principle that paying for a college education should be a partnership between students, their families and the College. We know that each student’s circumstances will differ, and that’s why we do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach. You can be assured that your individual circumstances will be considered in the Financial Aid application process. And we will be here to answer any questions you may have.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Merit-based Scholarships

Merit-based Scholarships are awarded to exceptional students who show excellence through their admission application. Scholarships are awarded in recognition of success in academics, extracurricular involvement and leadership. These qualities are assessed in our holistic admission review and, as such, a separate application for merit scholarships is not required. 

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 and nationalities. 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.

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.

As circumstances may change each year, Yale-NUS students will be asked to reapply annually so we can offer the most comprehensive Study Award appropriate.

Family Contribution

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

In order to meet the Family Contribution, it is suggested that both parents and students contribute towards the Cost of Attendance at Yale-NUS College. The suggested Student Contribution is $1,500 and reflects a reasonable earning potential of students through part-time work throughout the academic year or savings from summer jobs. A variety of jobs are available on campus with pay rates between $10 and $25/hour and international students may work up to 16 hours per week during the school term (and full-time during vacations) in accordance with their Student Pass. Students may also wish to contribute to net cost of attendance through off-campus employment, employment during semester breaks or optional loans.

Tuition Grant (TG) 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, apart from income tax payments, will be kept by the student.

Students who opt to take up the TG Scheme will be required to sign the Tuition Grant Agreement. Further information will be provided upon confirmation of enrolment at Yale-NUS.

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. 

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

The Financial Aid Application Process

Applying for financial aid is easy. Once an admissions application is submitted, applicants will receive an email outlining the necessary steps from the Financial Aid Office. At that time, applicants will have the option to either submit a financial aid application or a simple declaration informing us they do not wish to be considered for need-based financial aid.

Deferred matriculants (those serving National Service or on a gap year) will receive notification of the opening of the Financial Aid Application in January of their intended matriculation year. For Singapore Permanent Resident and international students on a gap year, you will only receive this notification if you have qualified for financial aid the year you were admitted to Yale-NUS.

  • Step 1: Log in to the Yale-NUS Applicant Status Page to access the Financial Aid Application page.

  • Step 2: Decide if you want to submit a Financial Aid Application or a declaration that you do not wish to be considered for financial aid. If you do not wish to be considered for financial aid, you may submit your declaration immediately.

  • Step 3: If you wish to submit a Financial Aid Application, gather all supporting documents in soft copy. The list of supporting documents can be found here.

  • Step 4: Complete the application form and upload required supporting documents. The form will ask for information about your household, immediate family members, their employment status, their gross annual income, family assets etc.

  • Step 5: Submit the form or save it for later submission.


Financial Aid Application Deadlines

  • Prospective Students: 21 days after submitting your admissions application
  • Deferred Matriculation Students: 1st April of your matriculation year

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