Private university students living in Nee Soon East can tap a new bursary to help pay for their studies from next year.
The Nee Soon East Tertiary Award, set up by the citizens consultative committee (CCC) in the ward, will support full-time undergraduates studying at private institutions here like MDIS and SIM Global.
The award, the first to be set up by a CCC, was announced by Nee Soon GRC MP Patrick Tay at a ceremony held yesterday at Nee Soon East Community Club in Yishun to hand out Edusave awards. It is co-funded by the Government and the CCC.
At the ceremony, 1,504 students from primary and secondary schools, junior colleges and public universities received $504,900 worth of merit bursaries and other awards.
The new tertiary bursary was set up in response to residents' feedback about the costs of studying in local private universities, Mr Tay said.
"We want to make sure that anyone who wants to pursue a quality education will be able to do so with the encouragement of his or her community," he said in his speech.
Only Singapore citizens living in Nee Soon East, and who are full-time undergraduates at private universities, are eligible to apply.
Up to 10 students will each receive about $3,000. Details and criteria are still being firmed up but applications will open next June.
More funds may be raised for the tertiary bursary depending on demand, Mr Tay added.
Miss Janice Lim, 20, plans to apply for it.
The SIM Global student is pursuing an external degree in business from the University of London and is not eligible for government subsidies. Currently, an uncle helps out with tuition costs, said the daughter of a housewife and an electrical technician.
"Any form of financial help will be beneficial," she said.
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