The HOME Award (Polytechnic) sponsors successful applicants for a 3-year full-time diploma course in the local 5 polytechnics - Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Poly Polytechnic, Nanyang Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic. The HOME Award is also open to existing polytechnic students as well as students who are waiting for admission to the local polytechnics. Upon graduation, successful recipients may have a choice of pursuing a career with either the Home Affairs Uniformed Services (HUS) , i.e. Singapore Police Force (SPF), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Singapore Prison Service and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) or Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
There are 2 tiers to the HOME AWARD (Polytechnic): a. The HOME Merit Award (Poly); b. The HOME Study Award (Poly).
The HOME Merit Award (Poly) Offers a. An annual allowance of S$12,000; b. Payment of tuition and compulsory fees; c. Study bonus of $1,200 per semester if the student passes all modules in that semester; d. Eligible for a grant of up to $3,600 per academic year, to undertake MHA or polytechnic-approved development programmes.
The HOME Study Award (Poly) Offers a. An annual allowance of $7,800 ; b. Payment of tuition and compulsory fees; c. Study bonus of $1,200 per semester if the student passes all modules in that semester.
Candidates for this award should meet the following requirements:
Be a Singapore citizen;
Have good ‘O’ Levels/Nitec/Higher Nitec results;
Have already gained admission (or likely to secure a place) in a local polytechnic and in any academic discipline (existing polytechnic students are required to submit their applications before the start of their final semester of study);
Be medically and physically fit (i.e. have at least a “Pass” for NAPFA)
Existing polytechnic students from the 5 local polytechnics who wish to apply for the HOME Award would also be considered. However, they are required to submit their applications before the start of their final semester of study. They would also similarly receive reimbursement of up to 100% of their tuition fees and backdated monthly allowance depending on when the student signs up for the HOME Award. The graduated back-payment rates are as follows:
If you sign on in:
Value of Award
100% (Tuition fees & Allowances)
60% (Tuition Fees & Allowances) for Year 1 + 100% (Tuition fees & Allowances) for Year 2 & 3
40% (Tuition Fees & Allowances) for Year 1 & 2 + 100% (Tuition fees & Allowances) for Year 3
Upon graduation, recipients would be appointed to the Junior Officer Scheme of Service on the prevailing entry rank and starting salary for diploma holders. Female recipients and males who have served their National Service (NS) may join a Home Team Department of their choice.
Male recipients who have yet to serve their NS would be recruited into the 2 Approved Uniformed Services i.e. SPF and SCDF, upon their graduation. They would be required to serve the organizations as regular officers for a period of 5 years under the Minimum Term of Engagement (MTE) in order to be deemed as having completed their NS obligations.
The bond period of 4 years would run concurrently with the 5-year MTE period.
For males who choose to go to either CNB, ICA or SPS instead of SPF or SCDF, they would be required to serve out their NS first before commencing their 4 year bond with the particular Home Team department of their choice.