Tuition Fee and Subsidy

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Tuition Fees: Part-time Undergraduate Programmes & Courses

The amount of course fees you pay in each semester depends on the number of courses you take in that semester. The course fees cover all study materials, classes, tutor supervision, assignments and examinations. They do not include fees for textbooks and other additional items specified by SUSS from time to time.

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From July 2022 semester, all new part-time undergraduate students will pay an annual miscellaneous fee of S$20.00 (subject to prevailing GST). The miscellaneous fees consists of items such as CLASS copyright licensing fees, computer fees, student card, etc.

There may be additional items that are not covered by the tuition fees. These could include items such as additional recommended textbooks, re-sit examination fees, etc.

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The tuition fee subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a tuition grant which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is offered to all admitted students studying for a undergraduate degree at the University and who satisfy the criteria listed in the next paragraph.  Students who are eligible for the tuition grant need only pay the subsidised fees, which is the difference between the full fees (set by the University) and the tuition grant from the MOE.

According to the MOE, this tuition grant need not be repaid to the government. Only Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs) are eligible for the fee subsidy. They must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the tuition fee subsidy:

  • Applicants have not previously received a government-subsidised/sponsorship for an undergraduate education or higher qualification (local or overseas), from SUSS/NUS/NTU/SMU/SUTD/SIT or from overseas university funded by government scholarship/bursary
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age 
  • Applicants must have either 2 years of full-time work experience or are currently employed on a full-time basis

Exemption from Age and Work Experience Criteria

You can be exempted from the age and work experience eligibility criteria if you are in one of the following categories:

  • Applicant sponsored by his/her company for the part-time undergraduate degree programme; OR
  • Applicant who is currently employed in a job role/sector related to the part-time undergraduate degree programme.

Notwithstanding these exemptions, applicants must fully discharge their full-time NS liability before they can be admitted into SUSS.

Supporting documents must be submitted, together with the admission application, for assessment. SUSS reserves the right to determine if exemption will be granted and the University's decision will be final and binding.

View the list of FAQs on government subsidy

1) SkillsFuture Credit

i) Opening SkillsFuture Credit

The SkillsFuture Credit aims to encourage individuals to take ownership of their skills development and lifelong learning. All Singapore Citizens (SCs) aged 25 and above will receive an opening Credit of S$500. There is no expiry date to this opening Credit.

ii) One-Off SkillsFuture Credit Top-Up

To support Singaporeans to continue learning, the Government will provide a one-off SkillsFuture Credit Top-Up of $500 for all eligible Singaporeans on 1 October 2020 and will expire in five years (by 31 December 2025).

Singapore Citizen students may use both their SkillsFuture Credit to pay their tuition fees at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website for SkillsFuture Credit-eligible courses. 

View the list of FAQs on SkillsFuture Credit​

2) SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 40 and above who are pursuing MOE-subsidised part-time undergraduate programmes with the University will enjoy higher subsidy from 1 July 2015. The availability of the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy will be tied to a SC student's eligibility for the Government Subsidy. Hence, a SC student must be eligible for the Government Subsidy in order to be eligible for the enhanced subsidy.

With this enhanced subsidy, SC students aged 40 and above (to be counted based on the year which he/she turns 40 years old) will pay tuition fees that are lower than the standard subsidised fees payable by other SC students who are below 40 years old.

The SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy and course fee concession scheme are mutually exclusive. As such, students who enjoy the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy will not enjoy any fee concessions.

View the list of FAQs on SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

3) Additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support)

As at 31 December 2020,  a one-off SkillsFuture Credit of S$500 is provided to every Singapore Citizen (SC) aged 40 to 60 (inclusive) to improve individuals' access to career transition programmes. Eligible individuals can use this additional credit on (i) SGUnited Skills Programme, (ii) SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme - Company Training, and (iii) Career Transition Programmes. From 1 April 2022, the Additional SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support) can also be used for SkillsFuture Career Transition Programmes. 

To provide more support for mid-career Singaporeans, the Government will provide a $4,000 SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career) top-up to all eligible Singaporeans in the year they turn 40 years old. The credit will have no expiry date.

Courses eligible under this SkillsFuture Mid-Career Support Package has been expanded with effect from 1 June 2022, including full qualification programmes delivered by Institutes of Higher Learning. The expiry date for this top-up will be lifted. Any balance from the 2020 top-up will be merged with the new $4,000 top-up. 

View the list of FAQs on SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career Support) 

For more information on SkillsFuture, please refer to or call SkillsFuture hotline at +65 6883 5885.

Other than the tuition fee subsidy that is granted by the Government, SUSS offers the following course fee concessions:​

  • Applicants who are 60 years old and above will enjoy a 20% course fee concession
  • Alumni (Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral programmes) of SUSS and the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) will enjoy a 20% course fee concession

Students will enjoy only one of the two categories of concession. The above concessions are applicable to all programmes offered and awarded by SUSS unless specified otherwise.

The concessions are not applicable to students under any scholarship or sponsorship schemes, as well as courses offered with external institutions/organisations. They are also not to be used concurrently with any other concessions.

The SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy and course fee concession scheme are mutually exclusive. As such, students who enjoy the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy will not enjoy any fee concessions.

To encourage further education and upgrading by our alumni, graduates from the Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral degree programmes awarded by SUSS will enjoy an additional 30% course fee concession for the first two master's courses when they enrol for a Graduate Diploma and/or Master's programme with the University.

Students will be sent the bill for course fee payment (and other additional fees, if applicable) at the start of each semester. You will usually be given about 1-2 weeks to pay the fees.

Students who do not meet fee payment deadlines imposed by the University will incur penalty fees. If fees are not paid, or are only partially paid, by the due date indicated in the bill, a late fee will be imposed. For students with outstanding payment, the University reserves the right to take further action as deemed necessary including barring such students from course registrations in a subsequent semester; cancelling such students' current course registration; withholding results slips or transcripts; and withholding the confirmation of the award of the degree.

For newly enrolled students, if written notice of withdrawal or deferment is given within 2 weeks of semester commencement, a full refund of the fees paid will be given. No refund will be given for withdrawal or deferment thereafter.

Current students who leave the University after the fee payment deadline for the semester, either through withdrawal on their own accord or termination of candidature by the University, will be liable to pay fees for the entire semester.

To expedite the administrative process, you are strongly encouraged to submit your notice of withdrawal or deferment to the University via Student Portal.


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