Fees for Graduate Programmes

The University's fees are reviewed and adjusted periodically to reflect the approximate cost of providing education to students. Unlike undergraduate education, most graduate programmes are designed to be largely self-funding, with little or no subsidy from the Government of Singapore. Nonetheless, at present, all graduate research programmes and some graduate coursework programmes remain significantly subsidised.

Tuition Fees

(i) Government-subsidised graduate programmes

The annual tuition fees for different categories of government-subsidised graduate programmes are set out here. The substantial tuition subsidy from the Government of Singapore comes in the form of a MOE Subsidy which is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is offered to all eligible students. Students need not apply for the MOE Subsidy if they are eligible.

The fees for the Academic Year will only be available in March or April of the year. For example, the fees for AY2019/2020 will be published in March or April 2019.

  • Service Obligation (SO) Scheme and Graduate Assistantship Programme (GAP)

    International Students reading certain government-subsidised programmes can apply for the SO Scheme to pay reduced tuition fees. With effect from AY2017/2018, International Students who are on MOE-funded scholarships that come with Graduate Assistantship Programme (GAP) requirements, such as NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences & Engineering Scholarship (NGSS), President’s Graduate Fellowship (PGF), NUS Research Scholarship (RS), Tuition Fee Allowance (TFA) and Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA) are not eligible to sign for the SO Scheme.


  • Tuition Fee beyond Normal and Maximum Candidature Period
  • With effect from AY2019/2020, students admitted into a government-subsidised graduate coursework programme and who take longer than the normal candidature period to complete their degree requirements are required to pay full unsubsidised fees, during the extended semesters.

    Students who are admitted prior to AY2019/2020, will continue to pay subsidised fees until their maximum candidature period. Those who take longer than the maximum candidature period are required to pay full unsubsidised fees, during their extended semesters.

    The list of government-subsidised graduate coursework programmes and its corresponding normal and maximum candidature period can be found here.

    For more information, please refer to FAQ.

(ii) Self-funded graduate coursework programmes

Tuition fees for can be found at the respective programme websites. The list of self-funded graduate coursework programmes is set out here.

Miscellaneous Student Fees

Miscellaneous student fees help meet costs incurred by the University in providing services to the student community that are either not covered or only partially covered by the tuition fee and government subsidy. These services include healthcare for students; facilitating student cultural, social and recreational programmes; and maintaining the shuttle bus service, IT network and other essential campus infrastructure and services. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the miscellaneous student fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. The miscellaneous student fees payable are set out here.

Fee Payment Procedures

The Office of Finance publishes information on deadlines for fee payments and modes of fee payment. The Office will send an email notification to students at students' NUS email accounts to view their Student Bill online at least 2 weeks before the scheduled deadline for fee payment.

Late and Partial Payment Penalties

Students who do not meet fee payment deadlines stipulated by the Office of Finance  may incur penalty fees. If fees are not paid, or only partially paid, by the due date indicated in the bill, a late fee will be stipulated.

Should fees remain outstanding after the relevant fee payment deadline, the University reserves the right to suspend academic rights and privileges, including to withhold degree conferment certifications. In addition, students with overdue fees may have their candidature of study terminated.

Change in Academic Load

For programmes with different fee rates for full-time and part-time enrolment, part-time fees are payable for students who convert from full-time to part-time within Instructional Week 2 of the semester. Full-time fees would be charged for conversions thereafter.

Full-time fees will be charged for conversion from part-time to full-time anytime throughout the semester.

The miscellaneous student fees payable are set out here.

Staff Concession

Students who are full-time NUS staff members may be eligible to apply for the staff concession on the tuition fees of part-time, government subsidised graduate programmes. Information on the staff concession is available at the Staff Portal.

Refund Policy

Students who leave the University, either through withdrawal of their own accord or termination of candidature by the University, after Instructional Week 2 of the semester will be liable to pay fees for the entire semester. Requests for refund will generally not be considered.

Financial Assistance

NUS has an array of financial assistance and scholarships/awards available to help graduate students finance their studies in the University. For more details, click here.