Reimbursement of Tuition Grant for Current University Students

Reimbursement of Tuition Grant for Current University Students

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Diana Ong started this petition to Ministry of Education Singapore

I am Diana Ong, a current Year 2 University student pursuing a BA(Hons) in Fashion Media & Industries in LASALLE College of the Arts. I am representing my fellow classmates in the 2017 intake to express on our sentiments with regards to the MOE tuition grant that we were not entitled to.

It has been brought to our attention that we were not offered any tuition grants during the course of first year studies in LASALLE. The new 2018 intake of students, however, were given a tuition grant upon entry to the university. The MOE tuition grant offered to them came up to a value of $9,000+ for their first year studies, to which we were not entitled to when we were first year students.

As a result, we are the batch that was directly affected by this decision made by MOE. MOE could have implemented the tuition grant earlier so that the 2017 intake of Year 1 students could have the privilege to save on education fees. Personally for me, if I had known beforehand that the 2018 intake would receive more tuition grants than the 2017 intake, I would have taken a gap year instead. As a student who juggles part-time work on top of her studies, this $9,000+ tuition grant by MOE could have aided me and my family greatly financially.

My classmates also have the sentiments towards this matter as some of them had to take up loans from banks to pay for our school fees. As an Art student, there are also a lot of hidden costs in our three years course of study, such as expenses on craft materials, printing of publications as well as hiring of talents and models. All these expenses are on top of the $38,000 school fees we pay over three years. Thus, receiving the same tuition grant of $9,000 that our juniors did would make a huge difference to me and my peers.

I am here to help us receive our rightfully owned $9,000 back but I will need your help and support by signing this petition. I am certain that together, we are able to retrieve what was once ours, back. Are you with me? 

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