As Singapore progresses, it is important for society to continue providing equal access to quality higher education for everyone. We believe that no deserving student should have to eschew a university education solely for financial reasons and are happy to partner SMU in its mission to guarantee financial aid to Singaporean students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This will lighten the financial burden on their families, improve education outcomes and enhance social mobility.
The first of its kind by any university in Singapore, the SMU Access initiative guarantees full funding of tuition fees for all incoming Singaporean students with demonstrated financial need. Eligibility for this broad-based programme is based only on the student’s household economic circumstances and there is no limit to the number of recipients covered under SMU Access. All eligible students receive a financial aid package that makes their entire university education tuition-free. SMU Access is bond-free.
SMU Access is initiated, co-designed and seed-funded by Quantedge Foundation. Together with the Ministry of Education’s matching grant, the Quantedge Foundation Scholarship supports, in perpetuity, 20 to 25 new recipients annually with full financial aid for the entire duration of their undergraduate programme. It funds recipients’ remaining annual subsidised tuition fees payable, after taking into account other financial assistance awarded by the Singapore Government.
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