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Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund

The Special Education Needs (SEN) Fund is set up to provide support to NUS students with Special Needs (SSN) arising from physical, hearing or visual impairments (PI, HI or VI). The Fund is meant to assist students in acquiring Assistive Technology (AT) devices and or support services that they may need in the course of their studies at NUS.

Eligibility Criteria

Application for SEN fund is open to any SSN who satisfies the following criteria:

  • He/she must be a Singapore Citizen.

  • He/she must be a registered full time student with the University or has a confirmed place in the enrolment. Year 1 students will need to submit the letter of acceptance for enrolment in the new academic year.

  • He/she must have declared his/her special education need (PI, HI or VI) to the University and submit the statement of diagnosis and/or supporting documents of his/her condition endorsed by medical professionals*

Funding Guidelines

  • Funding structure and quantum will be based on the needs of individual students, as assessed by relevant medical professionals*, and taking into account any AT devices brought forward from the institution(s) the student last attended;

  • The student will be the legal owner of the AT devices purchased using the SEN Fund.

  • The student will be funded only for the AT devices or support services listed in Annex A;
    • Should the student wish to purchase AT devices or support services not listed in Annex A, the University will assess the application on a case-by-case Basis;
    • The student will need to provide information, including the cost on the AT devices or support services he/she wishes to purchase, and recommendations from the relevant medical professionals. If the student has been previously funded by the NUS SEN fund, the application will be assessed taking into consideration the balance of the student’s entitlement for Subsidy.
  • Students may also apply for the SEN fund to pay for the maintenance of the AT devices and support tools due to wear and tear.

  • The total amount of funding per student for his/her entire course duration of 3 (three) years (based on the average candidature) shall not exceed

    • $5,000 for PI

    • $25,000 for HI and VI.

*Examples of Medical professionals: audiologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists.

  • The subsidy cap will be reset when a student graduates and enrols in a second course of studies at NUS, as an undergraduate or Post-graduate student.

  • The SEN Fund is only applicable to AT devices and support services that meet the learning needs of the student throughout his/her course of studies in NUS. An example of what the fund would not cover is the purchase of wheelchair and clutches.


Upon approval of the application, the fund will be released on a reimbursement basis. Successful applicants are required to make the purchase and submit the original receipts within one month of purchase to the Disability Support Office for claims. The reimbursed amount will be remitted to the student’s bank account as reflected in ISIS. Cash advancement requests may also be made to the officer-in-charge. However, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests should be made within 2 weeks after the applicant is informed of his/her successful application.

How to Apply

Eligible students may apply for the SEN Fund by completing the application form in Annex B and submit it to the officer-in charge at the Disability Support Office (DSO).

Upon submission, the student will need to provide the following:

  • Letter of acceptance (for Year 1 students);

  • Statement of diagnosis and/or supporting documents and recommendation from relevant medical professionals;

  • Quotation of AT devices and support services he/she wishes to Purchase.

Application forms must be submitted at least 4 weeks before the start of each new Academic Year to facilitate the approval and budgeting process for the fund.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome 4 weeks from date of submission.

For further clarification on SEN Funding, please contact Ms Agnes Yuen at