Financial Assistance Pakistan
 


Financial Assistance Pakistan

The Aga Khan University recognises that paying for a university education is difficult. That is why the University heavily subsidises the educational costs of  our students. Furthermore, Financial Assistance is made available to deserving students admitted to our programmes.

Part of our mission is to ensure that no Pakistani resident who qualifies for admission to the Medical College, School of Nursing or the Institute of Educational Development is excluded because of an inability to pay tuition.

The University also considers applications for limited financial assistance from foreign students, especially those from low-income countries.

General Criteria

Assistance is offered based on demonstrated need, as evaluated by AKU from data provided by students and their families—as well as any other avenue that the University may deem appropriate.

Each student seeking financial assistance must also demonstrate that he or she has thoroughly explored other possible sources of funding; evidence of such search will be required when submitting an application.

Financial assistance arranged by the University is intended to favour and encourage qualified students from families with low incomes, as well as those from rural and underdeveloped areas of the country who have no means to pay for their education at AKU.

However, each student is required to make some contribution towards tuition fees, living expenses and other costs, and not depend on the University for full assistance. Continuation of assistance is conditional upon a yearly assessment of financial needs.

Assistance is awarded as a combination of soft loans and grant-in-aid. The loan is payable in easy installments after graduation from the programme.

Financial Assistance for Programmes at School of Nursing and Medical College Pakistan

Since admission at AKU is needs-blind, the University operates a Financial Assistance programme which ensures that no Pakistani student, resident in Pakistan, who qualifies for admission to the Medical College or School of Nursing, is excluded because of inability to pay tuition fees. The University will also consider applications for financial assistance from foreign students, especially those from low income countries, who have demonstrated financial need and have thoroughly explored all other possible sources of assistance before approaching the University for Financial Assistance.

Through AKU's financial assistance programme, students are awarded soft loans and grants-in-aid in some instances. The loan is payable in easy instalments after graduation from the programme. Details are available at the Student Financial Assistance and Counselling Office.

In addition to need-based financial assistance, merit scholarships are also awarded to students on the basis of academic performance during the later years of the programme. Merit-based fellowships and teaching assistantships are also available in graduate programmes. Details should be obtained from the Student Financial Assistance and Counselling Office. For the 20010-11 academic year about half of the students enrolled were awarded financial assistance by the University.

Assistance is offered on the basis of demonstrated needs as evaluated by AKU from data provided by students and their families and other avenues that the University may deem appropriate. Every student desirous of financial assistance must also demonstrate that he or she has thoroughly explored all other possible sources of assistance. However, every student is required to make some contribution towards fees, living expenses and other costs, so as to not depend on the University for Assistance. Continuation of financial assistance is conditional upon yearly assessment for financial needs.

Financial assistance arranged by the University is intended to favour and encourage qualified students from families with low incomes, as well as those from rural and underdeveloped areas of the country who have no means to pay for their education at AKU.​