Tuition fees and financial aid

SMU has a comprehensive range of financial aid schemes to help students in the payment of their tuition fees. These schemes cover only the subsidised tuition fees. They do not cover the miscellaneous fees charged by SMU. Please click here for more details.


You may use the Student Financial Needs Calculator to help determine if you are eligible and to find out the type and quantum of financial aid that you may qualify for.

Fees are payable in two instalments in a year – at the beginning of the first and second semesters. Fees for special term courses are payable separately.

Miscellaneous fees are fees charged for registration, information technology, library, sports-related, student activity, insurance and other orientation and academic-related services. They are compulsory and are payable prior to the start of the new academic year.

The MOE Tuition Grant is a grant provided by the Government of Singapore to help students manage the costs of full-time tertiary education in Singapore. Eligible Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and international students enrolled in full-time undergraduate courses at the autonomous universities may receive it.

You are eligible to take up a Tuition Grant if you have not previously taken a Tuition Grant or received sponsorship/scholarship from the Government of Singapore to attain another qualification at an equal or higher level.

Eligible Singapore Citizens are automatically awarded a Tier A Tuition Grant, which is the highest level of tuition fee subsidy, when you commence your studies. Singapore Citizens thus pay the lowest tuition fees. There is no bond obligation.

Eligible Permanent Residents may choose to apply for a Tier B Tuition Grant only. Successful applicants are required to work for a Singapore entity for three years upon graduation.

Eligible international students may choose to apply for a Tier C Tuition Grant only. There is a limited number of Tuition Grants available for international students, and selection is competitive and based on merit. Successful applicants are required to work for a Singapore entity for three years upon graduation. Those who are not eligible for, or choose not to take the grant, will pay the non-subsidised tuition fees and will not be bound by the three-year work obligation.

There are Tuition Grant implications for the following categories of students:

1. Applicants holding degrees from the publicly-funded Singapore tertiary institutions

2. Transfers within SMU or from the other publicly-funded Singapore tertiary institutions

3. Re-admitted undergraduates

For full details of this scheme and frequently asked questions, please refer to the MOE website.

Students paying unsubsidised tuition fees are not eligible for any financial aid or scholarships administered by Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) or SMU.

DDP students are required to pay the higher of the tuition fees if both degree programmes are priced differently e.g. Law students pay the higher tuition fees.

Tuition fees do not include accommodation, miscellaneous fees, cost of books and study materials and living expenses.

You may apply for bursaries after submitting your online application for admissions by logon to the Applicant's Self Service . Applications for bursaries for Academic Year 2018-19 open on 1 January 2018 and close on 31 March 2018.


Please click here for details on scholarships.

You will be asked to indicate your choices of scholarships in the online application form for admission. If you have submitted an online application for admission without having indicated your choices of scholarships, you may do so by applying for scholarships through Applicant's Self Service.

Undergraduate Prospectus 2018/2019

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Undergraduate Programme Brochure

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Scholarship Brochure

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International Students Brochure

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