Tuition fees are reviewed by the Singapore Ministry of Education and subject to change annually. For each incoming class, tuition fees are fixed for the four years of study (i.e. the amount of annual tuition is the same as that on entry into medical school.) For students admitted to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, annual tuition fees for the Academic Year 2013-2014 were as follows:
• Singapore Citizens: SGD 39,800
• Singapore Permanent Residents: SGD 42,800
• International Students: SGD 48,300
Students completing the Duke-NUS MD/PhD track 1) do not pay tuition during the PhD component of their studies; and 2) receive a stipend during the PhD component. Tuition fees for the 4th and final year of the MD program may be waived if, and only if, the PhD portion of the MD/PhD is carried out at Duke-NUS. Other scholarships and fellowships may be available for those obtaining their PhDs at Duke University (US) or NUS (Singapore).
Tuition fees listed above have been subsidized by the Government of Singapore to help defray the full cost of medical education. As such, all Duke-NUS graduates are required to fulfill a service commitment (bond). According to Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines, the service commitment period is as follows:
• 4 years for Singapore citizens
• 5 years for international graduates and Singapore Permanent Residents
The service commitment period excludes the first year of postgraduate (residency) training, commencing only after satisfactory completion of the first postgraduate training year.
Students are required to pay miscellaneous fees as listed on the NUS Registrar's Office website. These pertain to services not covered under tuition, such as health and student service fees. The miscellaneous fees amount to approximately S$760 in the first year, and S$205 per annum in the second, third and fourth years of study. Miscellaneous fees may be reviewed from time to time and revisions, if any, will be applied to all students.
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To assist students in financing tuition and other fees, Duke-NUS offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries, and directs students to obtain loans. Financial aid for the entering class of 2014 is expected to vary between 10% and 80% of tuition fees payable (exclusive of miscellaneous fees.) The amount of financial aid awarded varies depending on financial circumstances of a student, which may include that of self, immediate family, and/or spouse as applicable.
A medical education at Duke-NUS is a partnership involving the student, his/her family, and the School. The decision to attend school at Duke-NUS should involve the entire family. For purposes of the School’s need-based funds, the student is not viewed as financially independent of his/her family. Individual students (and spouses, if married) and their parents have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of a medical education at Duke-NUS.
If invited for an admissions interview, prospective students in need of financial assistance are advised to apply for financial aid through an online link. After matriculation, students will be directed by the financial aid office to re-submit their application on an annual basis.
All students with financial need are expected to take up a Tuition Fee Loan. Any financial aid provided by the School will only assist in meeting those needs not met by the Tuition Fee Loan. Different categories of scholarships and loans made available through Duke-NUS or external sources are outlined below.
Type of Award
Period of Award
Offered at Duke-NUS: Merit and Need-based Scholarships (Bursaries)
There is no service commitment (bond) attached to the award of such Merit Scholarships or Bursaries
|Merit Scholarships||Outstanding academic achievements and/or demonstrated leadership/community contributions||1 to 4 years depending on scholarship|
|Need-based Scholarships (Bursaries)||Demonstrated financial need||One year at a time; students in need re-apply each year|
Offered by external sources: Tuition Fee Loan and External Scholarships
|Tuition Fee Loan||Open to all full-time MD students of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore||Duration of MD program|
Merit scholarships are generally awarded based on academic achievement and/or personal attributes such as meaningful involvement in community service. Several scholarships are valid for 4 years and may be used for tuition, living expenses, or other fees associated with attending Duke-NUS. To be considered for a merit scholarship at Duke-NUS, interested applicants should submit a financial aid application after their interview for admission. Only completed applications will be considered. Scholarship recipients are selected by the school’s Scholarship Selection Committee. Some examples of such scholarships are highlighted in the table below.Examples of scholarships made available to Duke-NUS students
Need-based financial aid scholarships (bursaries) are awarded based on familial and personal financial need. Applicants who need financial assistance may submit a financial aid application after they have been interviewed for admission at Duke-NUS. Only completed applications with the full set of required supporting documents will be processed. Bursaries are awarded on a yearly basis, and students have to re-apply annually. Our bursaries enable many of our students to complete their MD degree without accumulating excessive debt.
When making decisions regarding bursary awards, Duke-NUS considers financial aid received by students from external sources (such as external scholarships.) It is the responsibility of financial aid applicants to keep Duke-NUS informed of any aid received in particular, and changes in financial circumstances in general. The School reserves the right to reconsider an offer of financial assistance in the event of changes such as receipt of an external award.
Loans are available to matriculating students of any nationality to finance tuition fees. The Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) can be taken in various amounts up to a maximum amount that is equal to 90% of tuition fees payable by Singapore citizens. Limits may exist for students who have already been awarded bursaries/scholarships which cover the tuition fee. Details on the TFL are available at the NUS Registrar’s Office website.
Students may also apply for financial aid from external organizations and foundations. The School will inform students of such opportunities.
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