​Tuition Fee Status, Pakistan

AKU charges tuition for all of its programmes. Tuition and fees are reviewed annually to cover inflation and other cost increases. The University categorises students as “residential” and “non-residential”. Here are the criteria for resident and non-resident tuition and fees.​

Residential Status

Students who live in Afghanistan, Burundi, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are likely to be assessed as liable for “residential” fees.

Non-residential Status

Students categorised as “non-residential” are required to pay their dues in US dollars only. 

With the exception of students admitted into the MBBS* programme, the University categorises students as “non-residential‟ (whether holding Pakistani or dual citizenship), if they meet any one or more of the following criteria:

  1. ​Residence of the principal wage-earning member of the family; source of income during the previous three years;

  2. Whether the student was educated in an AKU residential or non-residential countries during the three years prior to the application for admission;

  3. Whether the student is eligible for State-supported education overseas; 

  4. ​​Whether the candidate or principal earning member is reimbursed educational expenses by their employer. 

Students holding Pakistani nationality, CNIC and/or passport should note that this does not guarantee an AKU residential classification for the payment of tuition fee and any other charges. The University’s criteria, stated above, for the application of non-residential fee status will prevail. 

Students whose parents are Pakistani citizens deputed to a government mission overseas, will be charged the fee prescribed for residential students. Documentary evidence should be provided in such cases. 

Candidates doubtful of their fee status should seek clarification from the Office of the Registrar before applying. The Registrar’s decision on fee status shall be final and binding.


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   *For the MBBS programme, students are categorized based on University regulations adapted from provisions established by the regulatory body when offers of admission are made.