Opportunity Enhancement Grant

The Opportunity Enhancement Grant (OEG) provides additional support to needy Singaporean undergraduate students by enabling access to a more well-rounded and richer university experience that includes on-campus stay and overseas exposure programmes. 

The Opportunity Enhancement Grant provides S$10,000 over 4 years to top up existing financial aid schemes for on-campus accommodation (applicable for both room charges and meal plans) and overseas exposure programmes (e.g. Student Exchange Programme, Summer/Winter Programme, Research Attachment/Internship/Industrial Attachment).                                                                                          

Needy full-time Singaporean undergraduate students whose monthly per capita household income (PCI) is not more than S$690 in any of the semesters during their candidature.

Undergraduates who are pursuing the Concurrent Degree Programmes will not be eligible for the grant once they are charged graduate tuition fees.

Recipients of the Opportunity Enhancement Grant are required to register the purpose of the grant usage, for the semester(s) that they are staying on campus or participating in overseas exposure programmes. Recipients who wish to use the grant for the payment of participation in overseas programme are allowed to claim for all overseas programme types available in the Education Records System-Global Education (EduRec-GE) module, except NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programmes. The table below shows all the approved overseas programmes for which recipients are eligible to claim the grant.

 Overseas Programme Type
 Academic Competition/Conference/Workshop
 Community/Project/Service Learning
 Field/Study Trip
 Joint/Concurrent/Double Degree/Double Master Programme
 Non-academic Enrichment/Sports Activities
 Research Attachment/Internship/Industrial Attachment
 Semester(s) Abroad
 Student Exchange Programme
 Summer/Winter Programme

The grant is claimable only from the semester it is awarded. No retrospective claims are allowed, i.e. recipients are not allowed to use the grant for payment of on-campus accommodation or overseas exposure programmes participated in semesters prior to when the grant is awarded and recipients are not allowed to apply to use the grant for the previous/current semester once the registration for the upcoming semester has started. If the OEG grant is not fully utilised during their candidature, it will lapse upon graduation or when the recipient pursuing a Concurrent Degree Programme is charged graduate tuition fees.

There is no restriction on the amount a recipient can utilise from the Opportunity Enhancement Grant each semester as long as the total amount used over 4 years does not exceed S$10,000.       

Recipients are allowed to concurrently hold the Opportunity Enhancement Grant with all University-administered scholarship/bursary/grant/free aid.

To be considered for the Opportunity Enhancement Grant, you are required to apply for Financial Aid here.

Upon the successful acceptance of the grant and the registration of the purpose of the Opportunity Enhancement Grant, the funds will be credited to the recipient's student account in EduRec by the Office of Finance. As the grant is a top-up to existing financial aid available for on-campus stay and overseas exposure programmes, grant amounts to be disbursed every semester will be determined by the University according to the following disbursement policy:

  • All bursaries/scholarships/grants/free aid meant for on-campus accommodation will be first used to offset the hostel fees before the Opportunity Enhancement Grant will be disbursed to cover the remaining fees.
  • For overseas exposure programmes, the Opportunity Enhancement Grant will be disbursed based on estimated overseas programme costs pre-determined by Office of Financial Aid (OFA) that includes airfare, accommodation fees, living expenses, application fees#, tuition fees# and programme feesafter deducting all bursaries/scholarships/grants/free aid meant for the overseas programme from the estimated expenses amount as determined by the University. The pre-determined estimated cost factors in the study location (i.e. country) and duration of study and it is the cost that a typical student who participates in a similar overseas programme will incur. The actual cost could be higher or lower depending on each student’s expenditure and lifestyle. The grant amount disbursed will be final and appeals will not be considered. The grant will only be disbursed after recipients have accepted the eligible overseas programme offered in the EduRec-GE module. 
  • Students who are disbursed the OEG grant but withdraw from the hostel stay or overseas programme subsequently will have their grant withdrawn and the disbursed grant amount will have to be refunded.
  • If recipients are awarded any bursaries/scholarships/grants/free aid after the disbursement of the grant, the grant amount will be adjusted accordingly. 

 #For all overseas programme types, except Student Exchange Programme, where applicable

Details on the registration for the purpose of the grant will be sent to your NUS email account in late July/early August if you have been offered and accepted the grant.