FAQs on Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) – With effect from January 2015


KiFAS

Q1) When will the enhanced Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS) take effect?
        The enhanced KiFAS will take effect from January 2015. 

Eligibility for KiFAS​

Q2) What are the eligibility criteria for Kindergarten Fee Assistance Scheme (KiFAS)?
       (i)​ The child must be a Singapore Citizen.
       (ii) The child is enrolled in kindergartens operated by Anchor Operators                                                          (AOPs, e.g. PCF kindergarten) or the Ministry of Education (MOE kindergarten).                                 (iii) The gross monthly household income is $6,000 or below and/or for larger families,                                   the per capita income is $1,500 and below. 

Q3) Is my adopted child eligible for KiFAS? 
As long as there is an adoption Order, birth certificate of the child with you as the parent, and the child is a Singapore Citizen, he/she will be eligible for KiFAS, subject to the other eligibility criteria. 


Q4) I am a non-Singapore citizen (PR or foreigner) parent. Will my Singapore citizen child be eligible for KiFAS?

If your child is a Singapore Citizen and the other eligibility criteria are met, your child will be eligible for KiFAS.
 

Application for KiFAS​

Computation of KiFAS based on gross monthly household income

Q5) How will you determine my gross monthly household income?

The monthly household income is based on the gross combined income of both parents. For a parent who is a salaried employee, the average monthly household income will be based on the average monthly income received over the latest available 12-month period including bonuses, commissions, overtime pay and allowances. ECDA will determine your income by screening with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board upon receiving your consent. For a parent who is self-employed, please submit the latest Notice of Assessment (NOA) from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and any other supporting documents for our assessment. 

Statutory Declaration

Q6) Under what circumstances will a Statutory Declaration be required for KiFAS application?

A Statutory Declaration will be required if the applicant is not able to provide supporting documents for the scenarios as listed in the table below. 

S/N

Scenario

Supporting documents required

A

Declaration of relationship to the child if the main applicant is not the child’s parent at the point of application

·        Supporting documents e.g. police report, lette​r from Singapore Prisons Department to prove that the parents   are not around to take care of the child;

·        Legal document stating that the applicant has care and control of the child;

·        Letter of Recommendation or Social Report from social worker;

·        Any other documents to prove that the parents are not around to take care of the child


B

Declaration by applicant who is facing marital issues

·        Court Order stating that the applicant has care and control of the child;

·        Legal documents to prove that divorce proceedings had been initiated

 

Computation of KiFAS based on Per Capita Income (PCI)

Q7) When will the computation of KiFAS based on PCI be applicable?

KiFAS computation using PCI will be used when there are 5 or more family members living in the same household including more than 2 dependents. 

Q8)  Who are the family members?

Family members must be related by blood, marriage and/or legal adoption and living in the same residential address as reflected on the NRIC of the KiFAS applicant. 

Q9)  Who are the dependents?

Dependents refer to persons living in the same household as the KiFAS applicant  and who are not earning an income.

Q10) How is Per Capita Income (PCI) computed? 
       PCI = Total gross monthly household income of family members                                                                   Number of family members living in the same household


KiFAS Rates

Q11) How much fee assistance can I hope to receive under KiFAS?

The actual amount of KiFAS that a family will receive depends on the family’s income level and the actual kindergarten fees charged.  

Parents may be eligible for KiFAS up to 99% of the monthly kindergarten fees or up to $170 (inclusive of GST).

Gross Monthly Household Income (HHI)

Gross Monthly

Per Capita Income (PCI)

Maximum % of

Fee Assistance up to

Maximum Fee Assistance up to

(inclusive of GST)

$2,500 and below

$625 and below

99%

$170

$2,501 - $3,000

$626 - $750

98%

$165

$3,001 - $3,500

$751 - $875

90%

$150

$3,501 - $4,000

$876 - $1,000

75%

$130

$4,001 - $4,500

$1,001 - $1,125

50%

$85

$4,501 - $5,000

$1,126 - $1,250

35%

$60

$5,001 - $6,000

$1,251 - $1,500

20%

$35

 

KiFAS Application

Q12) How do I apply for KiFAS?

KiFAS application forms will be provided to you through your AOPs and MOE kindergartens.

Changes to Information Provided in KiFAS Application

Household income

Q13) What if my income level changes after I have applied for KiFAS? Will the KiFAS amounts I qualify for change?

You may submit a new KiFAS application to the kindergarten at any point in time if your household’s financial circumstances have changed. ​​

Q14) Will my income be assessed on a yearly basis?
Your income data will be re-verified every 2 years to determine your KiFAS eligibility and allotment.

Programme Type

Q15) What do I need to do if there is a change in my child’s programme?

Your Kindergarten operator will inform ECDA and the amount of KiFAS will be re-computed automatically and adjusted where applicable. 

Q16) What do I need to do if I want to transfer my child to a new kindergarten?

You may apply for KiFAS when your child enrolls in another AOP or  MOE kindergarten.

 

Financial Assistance

Q17) Is there any financial assistance for lower-income families who may not be able to cope even after receiving KiFAS?
Families requiring further financial assistance can approach the Social Service Office (SSO) for assistance. The nearest SSO based on your  residential address can be found at  https://www.msf.gov.sg/dfcs/kindergarten/default.aspx

Information updated as at 20 March 2018
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