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How do I apply for scholarships at SUTD?

Information on the SUTD-administered scholarships can be found here. In your online application for admission, simply check the box in the section on Scholarships to indicate your interest to apply. If you have financial need, you may wish to improve your chances of securing a scholarship with a higher quantum of support by separately applying for donor scholarships and/or financial aid (those enrolling in the immediate year will receive an email invite to apply for financial support upon being shortlisted for interview).
 
Students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, special talents, good moral character and strong community spirit, could be recognised and rewarded with distinguished scholarships awarded by SUTD, generous donors and sponsor corporations.
 
Do note that these scholarships are limited in numbers and are awarded on the basis of competition among eligible applicants.

What are the terms and conditions of the scholarships?

The terms and conditions of the various SUTD-administered scholarships are available on the respective scholarship pages.

For clarification, please email scholarships_financialaid@sutd.edu.sg.

When will I know the results for my financial aid application?

You will receive an email on the interim financial aid offer together with the admission offer. 

If you are not successful in the application, you can apply again next year because each application will be processed based on the applicant’s latest financial situation and the prevailing financial aid approval guidelines.

When should I apply for Financial Aid (FA)?

Incoming Students:
Application for FA should be submitted within 10 days of receiving an admission offer. Students should look out for notification emails from the Office of Admissions. Students are assessed on their eligibility for the Government Bursaries, SUTD Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)* and/or the SUTD-Administered Study/Bursary Award/ Special Programmes.
 
Existing Students:
The main FA application cycle is usually held at the start of the year. Students are assessed on their eligibility for the Government Bursaries, SUTD Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)* and/or the SUTD-Administered Study/Bursary Award/ Special Programmes. Students will be notified on the application window via email.
 
*The grant from the SEOG may comprise donor-supported EOGs and/or donor bursary awards. Funding for hostel fees is only applicable for the Freshmore terms where hostel stay is compulsory.

Do I have to repay the bursary awarded to me?

No repayment is required. However in the event that the student withdraws or terminates his course of study in SUTD prematurely, he will be required to refund the monies. Student is required to inform the Office of Student Administration via email at scholarships_financialaid@sutd.edu.sg with regard to his/ her withdrawal or terminated status.

How do I apply for financial aid at SUTD?

More information on financial aid can be found here.

When can I start applying for financial aid?

Upon being shortlisted for an admissions interview, you will be able to apply for financial aid. However, if you are a returning NSmen, you will receive a notification to apply for financial aid along with your Pre-Matriculation Online Exercise in the year that you are commencing your studies.

What should I do if I missed the main FA application?

Apart from the main FA application cycle, there are also ad-hoc application cycles for the Government Bursaries. Students will be notified on the application window via email.

Students who have applied during the main application cycle do not have to re-apply.

Eligible applicants are entitled to receive the bursary only once in each academic year. Re-application is required every year.

How do I submit my application for FA?

Incoming Students: via Admissions Portal

Existing Students: via MyPortal

How will the FA award(s) be utilised?

Government Bursary:
Recipients of the Higher Education Community Bursary (HECB) will receive a notification letter from their Constituency Office informing them of the cheque collection details.

Note: In view of COVID-19, there will be no cheque presentation ceremony until further notice. The funds will be directly credited to the recipients’ bank accounts.
 
For recipients of the Higher Education Bursary (HEB), the funds will be directly credited to their bank accounts.
 
SUTD Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)* and/or the SUTD-Administered Study/Bursary Award:
The award will be used to offset your tuition fees directly. Any excess will be carried forward to the following academic term.
 
*The grant from the SEOG may comprise donor-supported EOGs and/or donor bursary awards. Funding for hostel fees is only applicable for the Freshmore terms where hostel stay is compulsory.
 
Special Programmes:
The funds will be directly credited to the recipients’ bank accounts.
 
All FA awards do not cover Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees. Except for SEOG, all other FA awards do not provide funding for hostel fees.

What if I had applied for schemes such as PSEA, TFL, CPFES and/or SL, but I am then given FA awards?

Your FA awards will apply first, followed by PSEA, CPF Education Scheme (CPFES), Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and SL (Study Loan), depending on which scheme you had applied for.

Can I accept more than 1 FA award?

Yes, students may be awarded more than one FA award depending on their financial situation.

Is it compulsory to stay in the student hostel?

Yes, Freshmores are required to reside at the hostel during Terms 1 and 2 including those who live near the campus, as residential living is an integrated part of the SUTD Freshmore experience, complementing the cohort-based learning in and out of classrooms.  

How are students assigned to their rooms? What if I am not comfortable with my assigned room?

Freshmore students are paired in double rooms according to the class/cluster they are assigned to.

To request for a change of accommodation, you may write in to ecchousing@sutd.edu.sg, stating clearly the reason for the request. Any room change will be subject to the University’s discretion.

How much does it cost to stay on campus?

Is there any financial aid for students who are unable to afford the housing fees?

Yes, financial aid is available.

  1. Singapore Citizens may choose to utilise funds from their Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) to pay for their housing fees in the first 3 academic terms of their Freshmore year.
  2. All students can apply for a Study Loan from DBS bank which provides an allowance that can be used to pay for the housing fees, provided they are already under a Tuition Fee Loan or the CPF Education Scheme, or receiving the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy.

For more information, please refer to the Financial Aid page.

Is there a curfew?

There is no curfew for residents although students are expected to observe stipulated quiet hours to minimise disturbance to fellow residents.

What are your admission requirements/cut-off points for the undergraduate degree programmes?

SUTD practises a common admission selection regardless of your programme interest, as all SUTD students will be taking common modules in the first year. You will get to choose your major and are guaranteed your choice at the end of Term 3 without any prerequisites other than passing all your Freshmore modules.
 
We consider all applications comprehensively, taking into account your academic preparedness as well as your traits, qualities, passion and aspiration for fit with SUTD. For the former, students with strong competency in Mathematics and the Sciences (specifically Physics or Chemistry) are generally preferred. For the latter, through your participation in co-curricular activities, accomplishments, teacher’s recommendations, and responses to our personal insight questions, we hope to gain a better understanding of you as an individual, and if you have the attributes to flourish in SUTD. All shortlisted candidates will also be invited to an engagement/interview session with us – so we can get to know you beyond what your online application is telling us.
 
Admission is subject to merit and fair competition amongst applicants.
For more details on the specific requirements, please refer to the respective webpages:

Qualification
Singapore Cambridge GCE A-Levels 
Local Polytechnic Diploma
International Baccalaureate Diploma
NUS High School Diploma
International Qualifications
 

[Local Polytechnic] Can a local polytechnic student apply with only 5 semesters results? Will those applying with a full set of Poly results have an advantage?

If you are currently in your final semester, you can apply by submitting results from your first five semesters during the application window, and upload the results from your final semester when they are available. There will not be any advantage accorded to either groups applying with five semesters or full diploma results. 

Check out the other requirements for those applying with local polytechnic diploma here.

Is SAT a prerequisite for admission? When must I submit my SAT results?

If you are holding an international qualification and applying with your latest semester/predicted/preliminary results, you will be required to submit your SAT subject test scores in Mathematics Level II and Physics along with your admission application. Additionally, you will need to have completed your final examinations by April of the intake year so that you can join our start of term in mid of May.

While SAT is not a prerequisite for those applying with local qualifications or with final results of your international qualification, you can opt to supplement your application with SAT subject test scores in Mathematics Level II and Physics if you have not done as well in those subjects.

What are the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirements for Singapore Citizens (SC)/Permanent Residents (SPR) presenting international qualifications?

All SCs and SPRs are required to fulfil the MTL requirement for admission into full-time publicly-funded undergraduate programmes in the local Autonomous Universities (AUs).

You may apply for admission with no prejudice to your application even if you have not fulfilled the MTL requirement, but will be required to fulfil the MTL requirement during your course of study if accepted into the programme. 

More information can be found here.

Is there an application fee?

SUTD does not charge any fees to process your application.

[Local Qualifications] May I submit my testimonial instead of the online recommendation form?

You may upload your testimonial under the ‘testimonial’ section. However, we would still require you to provide us with the contact details of at least one teacher/lecturer who had taught you previously.

What do I need to prepare before I start my online application?

The online application guide can be found here. In general, the application should take around 15-20 minutes of your time to complete. You can also save your application and submit it when ready, before the application closing deadline.

When will I be notified to select my interview slot? How do I check my application status?

In general, if you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be notified within a month or so upon the submission of your online application form. During the peak admissions period between March and April, there may be a slight delay owing to the high volume, and we seek your understanding and patience.
 
At any point upon your application submission, you may check your application status here.

What can I expect during an admissions/scholarship interview? How important is this in determining my chance of securing an admission placement or scholarship?

Depending on the programmes/scholarships you have applied and are shortlisted for, the interview format may vary. Some interviews are conducted in groups of 3 or 4 candidates to 1 or 2 interviewers; while others are 1-to-1. Regardless, the interview aims to help us get to know you better beyond what you have indicated in your online application. Interviewers seek to understand your motivation for applying to the university, and to assess your ‘fit’ for our unique learning environment.

For scholarships, interviewers will be looking out for outstanding achievements in both academic and co-curricular activities, as well as your service and desire to help the community – which may set you apart from the competition.

The interviewer’s assessment, along with your application profile, will be fully reviewed by the Admissions Selection Committee, who will make the final decision on your admission placement and/or scholarship.

I had not been successful in my application to SUTD in the last admissions exercise. Can I apply again this year with the same results?

You will not be penalised for re-applying in the new admissions exercise and your new application will be assessed in competition with the pool of applicants applying this time round. However, we do recommend that you consider supplementing your new application with additional relevant information not presented previously to improve your chances of being considered for admission.

What is the admission process?

You will generally be notified within a month upon your application submission if you’re shortlisted for an admission interview. The interview format may vary depending on your application profile and the programme shortlisted for. In view of the current COVID-19 situation, all interviews will be conducted online.
 
Thereafter, if you’re successful in your application you will be notified of the offer within three weeks after interview, and will be able to download your offer letter online.
 
If you’re unsuccessful in your application, you will be notified by end of April. You will be notified via email to check your status online.
 
Note:  If you have submitted an application between October 2019 and March 2020, please do not put in another application under the Special Application Window (4 May to 17 May 2020). Re-applications will not be considered.
 
If you are applying during the Special Application Window (4 May to 17 May 2020), you will be notified by early June if you are shortlisted for an admission interview.

[AY2020] When will the Special Application Window open?

In view of the change in start of term from May 2020 to September 2020 for incoming students for AY2020, SUTD will also be extending its admissions exercise by reopening its applications portal starting on 4 May 2020 and closing on 17 May 2020. Students may apply with their local or international high school qualifications.

Students who previously considered applying to SUTD but did not manage to do so for various reasons, will now have the opportunity to do so. These include students whose exam results are announced at a later date or those whose National Service Operationally Ready Date (ORD) is later than our original start of AY in May. 

What are the undergraduate degree programmes offered by SUTD? Are there any part-time degree programmes?

The undergraduate degree programmes offered by SUTD are all on full-time basis only, and are as follows:  

  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture and Sustainable Design) (8 terms), and an option to pursue two more terms to obtain Master of Architecture (i.e., total 10 terms)

  • Bachelor of Science (Design and Artificial Intelligence) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Product Development) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Engineering Systems and Design) (8 terms)

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Information Systems Technology and Design) (8 terms)

All undergraduate degrees are direct honours, and will be awarded by SUTD.
More information can be found here.

Are all students allowed to take a minor in SUTD and what are the requirements?

Currently, students taking up either DAI, EPD, ESD or ISTD will be able to pursue a minor on top of their major, potentially without having to overload on the number of modules (this depends on the specialisation chosen, if any). You will get to indicate your preferred minor after you have made your choice of major at the end of Term 3. Both the major and minor requirements must be completed within the normal candidature of the undergraduate programme, i.e. 8 terms.

More information on minors can be found here.

How are students assessed?

The grading may be based on a combination of homework, design projects (1D, 2D), class participation/activity, online quizzes, mid-term tests and final exams, with the weightages varying for different subjects.

Students are graded on a GPA of 5.0. To help ease your transition to the university, all four subjects taken in the first Freshmore term are not graded. From the 2019 cohort onwards, students can also choose an additional two subjects from Freshmore terms 2 and 3 to be ungraded.

How do I apply for your special programmes (SUTD-DUKE-NUS Special Track/SHARP/STEP) and what are your admission requirements?

You will need to indicate your intention to apply for either of these special programmes in the online application via SUTD Admissions Portal, along with a personal statement/response.

Relevant admission requirements can be found at the following corresponding pages:

You can apply for a maximum of two special programmes, and will be required to rank the programmes in order of your preference. As the selection requirement and process for the special programmes differ, you will be informed of the special programme you have been shortlisted for prior to the interview.

When is the application window to apply for special programmes? Is there a second window for SUTD students to apply for the programmes after they have enrolled in the university?

The special programmes are currently only available for application at the point of your application for admission to the university. There is no second application window. As the number of places for special programmes are limited, they are also highly competitive.

If I have not been shortlisted/were not successful in my application for the special programmes, will that hurt my chances for admission into the university?

In the event that you are not successful in your application for the special programmes, you will automatically be considered for our single degree programmes, and will not be disadvantaged.

I received the Tuition Grant for my polytechnic course. Am I eligible to take up another Tuition Grant for my undergraduate degree in SUTD?

Yes, you will be eligible to take up the Tuition Grant for your undergraduate degree in SUTD. Details on the Tuition Grant can be found here.

What are the tuition fees and other estimated expenses for the undergraduate programme?

Does SUTD offer any part-time courses?

We do not offer any part-time undergraduate courses. You may however consider open enrolment courses offered by the SUTD Academy.

Will SUTD grant credit transfer/waiver and/or exemption of modules for polytechnic students/students transferring from other universities?

No, due to the unique structure and rigour of the SUTD curriculum, all students will need to enrol in and go through the same programme in the freshman year and first term of the sophomore year (Freshmore) before choosing a major thereafter. SUTD does not grant any exemption of modules, unless you have taken the SUTD course previously under a special arrangement. 

Do any of the courses offer direct honours?

The undergraduate degree programmes in SUTD are all direct honours; therefore you will be awarded an honours if you meet the requirement for the respective honours classification, otherwise it will just be a degree (without honours).

Are students required to participate in internships while studying at SUTD?

All SUTD undergraduates are required to complete a 16-week internship. More information on SUTD’s career services can be found here.
 

[AY2020] For students in the AY2020 intake who choose to enrol earlier in May, what are the programmes in the Special Summer Programme (SSP) that students can enjoy? Do students have to pay?

The Special Summer Programme (SSP) that students enrolling in May can enjoy includes:

  • Academic programmes: Students will be allowed to take up to two credit-bearing modules. These include Freshmore modules, as well as Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences electives.
  • Research activities: Those under the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP). 
  • Bridging programmes: These are Special Summer Integrated Learning Programmes (SS ILP) spanning 6 weeks each, including (1) Integrated Maths and Physics; (2) Integrated Chemistry and Biology; as well as (3) Computing to help students better prepare for their studies when school begins.

These programmes will not incur additional fees beyond the usual university tuition fees. More information on the SSP.

[AY2020] When is the start of the Academic Year for 2020?

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the University has decided to bring forward to this year its plans to change the start of the AY. This was done as we did not want students to miss out on SUTD’s signature education pedagogy of cohort-based learning for the Freshmore year. The new AY will start on 14 September 2020, with matriculation for the final group of students taking place on 9 September 2020. The new academic calendar will also apply to subsequent intake cohorts. 

[AY2020] How will this change in start of term affect incoming students? Will they graduate later? Will there be changes to how much school fees they have to pay?

Incoming students will still take the required eight (8) terms of undergraduate coursework. The incoming batch of AY2020 will graduate in May 2024 instead of September 2023. Subsequent batches will graduate in May each year.
 
As the number of terms of study remains the same, the tuition fees for this group of students will also remain the same, barring minor adjustments for each new cohort.
 
Existing students from previous intake cohorts will keep to their original academic calendar. Tuition fees will remain unchanged for these students.

What are the benefits of pushing the start of Academic Year from May to September?

In addition to the benefit of preserving SUTD’s signature pedagogy of cohort-based learning in light of the COVID-19 situation, the new academic calendar will also give more flexibility and choices to students to design their study plan at SUTD. The academic calendar change will not only cater to polytechnic graduates’ ORD schedules as well as allow students to make informed decisions of their university of choice after receiving all their offers.
 
Comparing the new and original academic calendars (see diagrams below), the new calendar now has three quarters of breaks for SUTD students, compared to only two breaks in the original calendar. Students can use this extra break to pursue their passions/interests, such as taking up more or longer internships, participating in multiple overseas experiences and immersion programmes, or even taking on extra credits to pursue a minor on top of a major and more.

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[AY2020] Will matriculation day for the AY2020 intake cohort be postponed?

Although SUTD’s start of term for the Academic Year (AY) has shifted to September 2020, students who wish to join SUTD in May to enjoy the Special Summer Programme (SSP) prior to term start in September can continue to matriculate via an online matriculation exercise.
 
Selected Special Summer Programme (SSP), particularly the Special Summer Integrated Learning Programme (SS ILP) Chemistry/Biology, and Computing are also available to students who choose to matriculate in June.

What can I use the Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) funds for? If I have applied for and have been awarded the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and/or the SUTD Study Loan (SL), can I still use my PSEA funds?

Students may use their own or their siblings' PSEA funds to pay for tuition fees, compulsory miscellaneous fees, and hostel fees (for Freshmore terms where the hostel stay is compulsory). It can also be used for enrichment programmes such as overseas student programmes and local and overseas conferences/competitions approved and endorsed by the University. The withdrawal limit is up to the student’s or siblings’ PSEA balance.
 
For more information and application, please refer to the PSEA page.
 
For enquiries, please write to: psea@sutd.edu.sg.

If you have been awarded the TFL and/or SL, the PSEA funds will be used first to off-set your tuition fees and compulsory miscellaneous fees. The TFL and SL will then be applied to clear any outstanding tuition fees after deducting your PSEA funds.

How do I check the balance in / withdraw funds from my PSEA?

You can check your PSEA balance by contacting MOE at 6260 0777 or contact@moe.gov.sg.

Funds can be withdrawn from your PSEA either by submitting a Standing Order application or an Adhoc Withdrawal application. Please refer to the PSEA page for details on the withdrawal process.

I have obtained a loan under the CPF education scheme to finance my tuition fee payable but I have yet to receive a bill for my tuition fee. Why?

Tuition and related fees are billed at the start of the term.

If you have applied for CPF Education Scheme for settlement of tuition fees, please note that the CPF withdrawn amount will only be reflected in your statement of account after Week 3 of the term after due processing.

The amount of funds withdrawn from CPF account is subject to available and eligible funds for withdrawal by CPF Board.

When do I start repaying my tuition fee loan under the CPF education scheme?

Repayment starts one year after graduation or on leaving the course, whichever is earlier. The maximum repayment period is 12 years.

Does SUTD administer the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS)?

No, this subsidy is administered by Yayasan Mendaki.

Please visit the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS) page or Yayasan Mendaki's website for more information.

How can I apply for the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) and Study Loan (SL)?

Tuition Fee Loan:

Study Loan:

  • Download the Study Loan Application Form and the Document Checklist.
  • Ensure that the SL form is duly completed and submit it along with the required supporting documents to the Office of Student Administration (OSA) via one of the following modes as stated on the SL webpage.
  • Applicants will be informed of the application outcome via email.
  • Successful applicants are to collect the approval letter from OSA in person and proceed directly to a DBS branch in Singapore to complete the application.
  • Please refer to the SL Application Procedures for more information.

What if the DBS branch in my home country (for IS) does not provide verification services?

Can I mail the TFL / SL application documents to DBS Singapore?

No. You will have to submit the application documents in person to one of the DBS branches in Singapore.

Do I have to pay interest during my course of study and when does repayment of the loan commence?

TFL and SL are interest-free during the course of study i.e. interest will only be computed upon graduation and is based on the average prime rate of the 3 local banks (DBS, OCBC, and UOB).

TFL: Repayment should be made not later than 2 years after graduation or on securing employment, whichever is earlier.

SL: Repayment commences within 6 months after graduation or upon graduates securing employment, whichever is earlier.

For further queries, please contact DBS directly.

What are the criteria to be a Guarantor for both TFL and SL?

Your Guarantor must fulfil the following:

  • Must be between the ages of 21 and 60 years old.
  • Must not be an undischarged bankrupt or be a student pursuing full-time education.
  • May not serve in this capacity for more than two outstanding student loans, including this loan.
  • Must be a SC for an applicant who is a SC.
  • Can be either a SC or a SPR for an applicant who is a SPR.
  • Can be of any nationality for an applicant who is an IS.

What should I do if my guarantor(s) and I are not in Singapore?

How can I apply for the CPF Education Scheme?

Application is to be made via CPF Board portal. You will need to access the portal with your SingPass. Please refer to the CPF Education Scheme webpage for the application window. Students will also be notified via email. Students who are already on the scheme do not have to re-apply.
 
More information is available at the CPF Education Scheme webpage.
 
For enquiries, please contact the CPF Call Centre at 1800-227-1188 or email education@cpf.gov.sg.

Do the TFL and SL cover full tuition fees for Singapore Permanent Residents (SPR) and International Students (IS)?

No. The TFL and SL will not cover the tuition fees of SPR and IS in full as the loan amount is capped at the subsidised tuition fees for Singapore Citizens (SC).

Does the TFL cover Compulsory Miscellaneous Fees (CMF) and hostel fees?

The TFL does not cover CMF and hostel fees. However, students may consider applying for a living allowance under the SL which can provide up to S$3,600 per year.

If my tuition fees are fully covered by a scholarship, can I apply for living allowance only under the SL?

Yes, you may apply for a living allowance under the SL if your scholarship does not provide any allowance.

Am I eligible for the SUTD Community Grant (SCG)?

Please refer to the SUTD Community Grant page for the eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for the SUTD Community Grant (SCG)?

Students need not submit applications for this grant. Eligible students will be notified via email.