SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore

SOTA Student Financial Support (SOTA-SFS) Schemes

The table below provides information and criteria for the bursary packages.
 
Bursary Package (effective from 1 April 2020)
For Singapore Citizens only
Bursary Package Monthly Gross Household Income (GHI)* Monthly Per-Capita Income (PCI)** Benefits
1 Not exceeding $2,750 Not exceeding $690
  • Students will receive 100% subsidy for SOTA school and miscellaneous fees
  • Annual book allowance of $250^ for Year 1 to 4; $600^ for Year 5 and 6
  • Annual arts allowance of $100 for Year 1 to 6
  • 2 sets of school attire, comprising school uniform and PE attire
  • Transport allowance of $15 per month
  • Monthly meal allowance of $6 per school day
  • UPLIFT scholarship of $800# per year
2 $2,751 - $4,000 $691 - $1,000
  • Students will receive a subsidy for SOTA school and miscellaneous fees, and pay equivalent to GGAS (Government and Government-aided schools) fees
  • Annual book allowance of $250^ for Year 1 to 4; $500^ for Years 5 and 6
  • Annual arts allowance of $50 for Year 1 to 6
  • 1 set of school attire, comprising school uniform and PE attire
  • Transport allowance of $10 per month
3 $4,001 - $6,900 $1,001 - $1,725
  • Students will receive a subsidy for SOTA school and miscellaneous fees, and pay equivalent to 1.5 times GGAS (Government and Government-aided schools) fees
  • Annual book allowance of $100^ for Year 1 to 4; $200^ for Year 5 and 6
  • Annual arts allowance of $50 for Year 1 to 6
  • 1 set of school attire, comprising school uniform and PE attire
  • Transport allowance of $10 per month
4 $6,901 - $9,000 $1,726 - $2,250
  • Students will receive 33% subsidy for SOTA school and miscellaneous fees
  • Annual book allowance of $100^ for Year 1 to 4; $200^ for Year 5 and 6
  • Annual arts allowance of $25 for Year 1 to 6
  • 1 set of school attire, comprising school uniform and PE attire
  • Transport allowance of $10 per month
* Gross Household Income will include all sources of income from all household members, including salary, allowances, bonuses, business earnings, rental income etc.
** Per Capita Income is computed based on the GHI divided by the number of household members.
^ Students who are on quarterly bursary packages will receive pro-rated book allowance.
# Subject to meeting UPLIFT scholarship criteria.


Terms and Conditions
  1. The above SOTA Student Financial Support (SOTA-SFS) Schemes are applicable exclusively to the bursary recipients and is not transferable.
  2. SOTA-SFS recipients cannot be recipients of any other full scholarships or bursaries administered by external organisations, except MOE scholarships, Self-Help Groups bursaries and The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
  3. Recipients of SOTA-SFS must inform SOTA if they are receiving bursaries awarded by external organisations.
  4. Students may receive only one form of bursary or scholarship for fees administered by SOTA. Should a student qualify for both, the student would be offered the bursary or scholarship with the higher dollar value.
  5. No bond is required from SOTA-SFS recipients.
  6. SOTA-SFS recipients must accept and comply with all SOTA policies, by-laws, rules and regulations. Policies, by-laws, rules and regulations may be revised, amended or supplemented by SOTA at the School's absolute discretion from time to time.
  7. Decisions by the SOTA Bursary Committee are final.

Application Procedure
  1. Parents who wish to apply for SOTA-SFS Schemes are to complete the online application form in the Parent's Portal.
  2. All applications are to be submitted together with the relevant documents.
  3. Applications with incomplete information and/or not accompanied by supporting documents will not be processed.
  4. Processing of bursary application documents require at least 3 working weeks.
  5. Application for bursary should be submitted by the first week of each month, and if the application is approved, it will take effect on the first day of the following month.
  6. All bursaries will be valid until 31 December every year, unless otherwise stated.
  7. The School will inform students on the outcome of their applications.
Students who wish to apply for the SAF may obtain the SAF Application Form from the school's Administration Office.
The DMSA helps to alleviate the cost of an education in SOTA and comes with a monthly allowance of up to a maximum sum of $300 for a fixed period of time during the academic year.

The DMSA is meant for Singapore citizen students.

Students are not required to apply for DMSA as their eligibility would be considered automatically when they are being evaluated for their eligibility for Bursary or any Scholarship offered by the school. If they are evaluated to be eligible, the DMSA will be awarded in addition to their bursary or scholarship.

DMSA recipients are required to participate in at least one project benefiting the community during the academic year in which they are awarded the DMSA.

Successful recipients would be notified by the School accordingly.

Terms and Conditions
  1. The DMSA is applicable exclusively to the qualified recipients and is not transferable;
  2. No bond is required from DMSA recipients;
  3. DMSA recipients must accept and comply with all SOTA policies, by-laws, rules and regulations. Policies, by-laws, rules and regulations may be revised, amended or supplemented by SOTA at the School's absolute discretion from time to time;
  4. Decisions by the SOTA Bursary and Scholarship Committee are final.
Type of Funding Description Eligible to
Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) The CDAC-SFCCA Bursary aims to help needy students to cope with schooling expenses. Click here for more information.

The Youth Empowerment and Aspiration Programme (YEAP) supports less privileged full-time post-secondary students, not only in their educational expenses through the YEAP Grant but also encourages them to pursue their passion, provides them with exposure to real work environment, and develops their life skills through YEAP Inspire. Click here for more information.
Chinese Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident students
MENDAKI Education Trust Fund Education Trust Fund (ETF) provides the financial assistance for educational purposes in cases where existing financial assistance schemes are unable to provide. It will also be used to provide additional funding to augment the amount provided by existing schemes which may not be sufficient. Click here for more information. Malay/Muslim Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident students
Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) SINDA Bursary supports low-income and deserving families with education-related financial assistance. Click here for more information. Indian Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident students
The Eurasian Association, Singapore (EA) EA Education Schemes render financial assistance to students from lower-income families. Click here for more information. Eurasian Singapore Citizen students
The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) TSPMF provides pocket money to children from low-income families to help them through school. Click here for more information. Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident students. By school's nomination only



Scholarships

Type of Scholarship Scholarship Quantum/Benefits* Duration Eligible to
SOTA–Ngee Ann Kongsi Scholarship
  • 100% of school fees and miscellaneous fees
  • Annual allowance of $400 for Year 1 to 4 and $800 for Year 5 and 6
1 year All students, regardless of nationality
David Marshall Scholarship
  • 50%, 75% or 100% of school fees and miscellaneous fees, based on means testing of annual gross household income
  • Annual allowance of $400 for Year 1 to 4 and $800 for Year 5 and 6, regardless of the scholarship quantum
1 year Students who are Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
David Marshall Scholarship for Young Artist
  • 50%, 75% or 100% of school fees and miscellaneous fees, based on means testing of annual gross household income
  • Annual allowance of $400 for Year 4 and $800 for Year 5 and 6, regardless of the scholarship quantum
1 year Students in Year 4, 5 and 6, who are Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
* capped at rate for Singapore Citizen students; tenable at SOTA only
^ Scholarship may be renewed, subject to the student meeting the eligibility criteria that is based on a holistic assessment of their academic, artistic, leadership, character and contributions to the school and/or community.
Other than the SOTA scholarships, the school also administers the following MOE scholarships:
  • Edusave Scholarships for Independent Schools (ESIS)
  • UPLIFT Scholarship Award
Click here for more information.


Updated as of 2 June 2020