SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
What is the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy about?
In line with the objectives of SkillsFuture to support and encourage lifelong learning and help Singapore Citizens (SCs) stay responsive to a changing workplace, the MOE and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) have enhanced course subsidies for individuals to encourage and support their skills development.
SCs aged 40 and above will enjoy higher subsidies for MOE-funded full-time and part-time courses ranging from diploma to postgraduate level in publicly-funded universities, polytechnics and ITE , and for SSG-funded courses with effect from 1 October 2015.
The Government is increasing the subsidy in recognition that mid-career SCs often require significant re-skilling in the middle of their careers. This additional support from the Government helps address the opportunity costs they face. The increased subsidies will help to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market.
Among the measures to help Singaporeans in their 40s and 50s stay employable is an additional SkillsFuture credit top-up of S$500, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech.
Who are eligible and what is the criteria for the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy?
Singapore Citizen (SC)* students who are at least 40 years of age, and are pursuing Government-subsidised courses/programmes will be eligible for the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy.
* Non-Singapore Citizens (i.e., Permanent Residents and Other Residents) are not eligible for the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy
How does the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy benefit me?
Eligible student will enjoy a higher subsidy and therefore pay lower course fee for his/her programme of study.
Different courses may have different fees. Does the same amount of SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy apply?
Yes, the subsidy applies to all WSQ courses, subject to students meeting the subsidy eligibility criteria.
Do I have to pay back the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy or serve any bond?
No, there is no need to repay the subsidy and there is no requirement to undertake a service bond.
I am currently a recipient of a sponsorship (e.g., NTUC sponsorship). Will I still be eligible for the SkillsFuture MCES?
Yes. Students receiving such sponsorships will also be entitled to the SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy, subject to meeting the subsidy eligibility criteria.