Marry or have kids and get free mod­ules at SUSS

Scheme for uni’s part-time adult stu­dents starts from July 23

The Straits Times - - HOME - Is­abelle Liew

From July 23, part-time adult stu­dents of the Sin­ga­pore Uni­ver­sity of So­cial Sciences (SUSS) who marry or have chil­dren dur­ing their course of study will re­ceive free mod­ules, the uni­ver­sity an­nounced yes­ter­day.

This Mar­riage and Baby Bonus scheme is “in sup­port of Sin­ga­pore’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on en­cour­ag­ing mar­riage and par­ent­hood”, it said in a state­ment.

To qual­ify for the scheme, the can­di­date must reg­is­ter his or her mar­riage, or a child’s birth or adop­tion, on or af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion date.

The can­di­date must also be Sin­ga­pore cit­i­zens or per­ma­nent res­i­dents who are at least 21 years old.

Those who qual­ify can re­deem ei­ther two free mod­ules, with a max­i­mum of five credit units per mo­d­ule, or one 10-credit unit mo­d­ule.

Each mo­d­ule of five credit units would typ­i­cally cost about $2,000 be­fore the gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies kick in. Af­ter sub­si­dies are ap­plied, a stu­dent has to pay about $1,000.

A mo­d­ule with 10 credit units costs $2,600 to $4,000. Af­ter sub­si­dies, it costs be­tween $1,100 and $1,800.

The scheme is open to all feep­ay­ing SUSS stu­dents who are en­rolled in a part-time pro­gramme, in­clud­ing un­der­grad­u­ate, law and post­grad­u­ate pro­grammes. Stu­dents on SUSS schol­ar­ship or com­pany spon­sor­ship are not el­i­gi­ble for the scheme.

Mr Safeel Noor, 23, a part-time psy­chol­ogy and so­ci­ol­ogy stu­dent, said: “I think stu­dents here (who want to get mar­ried) would ben­e­fit from this pro­gramme, be­cause the point of these part-time cour­ses is to make our­selves more mar­ketable as we ad­vance into the work­ing world.

“This scheme may also help Sin­ga­pore’s de­clin­ing birth rate.”

Ms An­drea Chua, 27, is study­ing art ed­u­ca­tion and psy­chol­ogy part-time in SUSS while work­ing as a graphic de­signer.

Said Ms Chua, who got mar­ried last year: “I would love to ap­ply for the scheme as I en­joy learn­ing new things to up­skill my­self.”

She added that with the skills she could pick up from tak­ing the ex­tra mod­ules, she would be able to ad­vance faster in her job, and save more money to buy a house and pay for her fu­ture chil­dren’s ex­penses.

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