Need Based Financial Aid
Updated on Dec 2019
Need Based Financial Aid Program aims to make NUST accessible to the most financially challenged students, admitted purely on merit. The program is bolstered by NUSTs' own resources and external funding, which seek to facilitate students from low and middle income families.
Need based financial aid is offered to Undergraduate and Masters students in form of:
Need Based scholarships: Covering Partial / Full academic expenditures for Partial / full duration of the studies (Maximum 2 & 4 years for Masters & Undergraduate respectively).
Interest Free loans e.g Deferment of Tuition Fee, Ihsan Trust Interest Free Loans etc.
Facility to deposit fee in installments. This facility is not applicable to admission / 1st semester dues.
We are here to guide you through the financial aid process from application to graduation.
Financial Aid Office (FAO) is located in H-12 Islamabad. Visitors are welcome (09:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m) on all working days
How to apply?
Submit the online NUST Need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF)
- NFAAF collects biographical and financial information required to determine eligibility for financial aid. It includes:
- Parents / guardians' gross income
- Number of people (earning hands & Dependents) in the household and
- Cumulative expenses etc.
- Due date to submit NFAAF is the same as that of online admission application form(s). For details please click here.
- Candidates are required to attach soft copy of supporting documents with NFAAF
Submit Supporting Documents (in Hard Form) in FAO upon receiving an email from FAO. Mailing address is as under:
Room No 318,
Main office Building,
Sector H-12, Islamabad
Accept your provisional scholarship offer
To secure admission seat and avail scholarship slot, candidates will be required to submit admission dues
- Candidates who are provisionally selected for need based scholarship at the time of admission, will receive a financial aid decision (in provisional admission offer letter) in July / August
- Candidates may accept or decline provisional financial aid offer
- Once dues are submitted, scholarship slot may be transfered to whichever discipline the candidate finally opts to join. Candidates will request for transfer of scholarship to other disciplines, in which they are offered admission, by sending an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit Deed Of Agreement in Financial Aid Office within the stipulated time period
Check your emails (including junk / spam folders) & web account regularly for updates from FAO
How aid works
- Net Disposable Income (NDI) is mainly the difference between income & expenses of the household. It is the amount of money a family is expected to contribute towards academic expenditures of candidate.
- It is referred to as Expected Family Contribution in NFAAF
- NDI will be calculated based on the information provided by candidate in NFAAF. Following factors are also considered while determining NDI:
- Parent / Guardian Status
- No of Dependent Family members
- No of Dependents studying
- Support from current / fixed assets
- Structure / Ownership of house
- Nature / magnitude of monthly expenses
- Financial Need is determined by the difference between the academic expenditures & NDI.
- Financial Aid is awarded in the basis of financial need
Need assessment process
- Need Assessment Process begins immediately after submission of NFAAF.
- FAO works closely with candidates' family to determine financial need and NDI.
- FAO also reconciles information on NFAAF against the documents provided including their tenor and validity; seeking clarifications, if any.
- FAO informs candidates (via email / web account) to submit adequate / missing documents. Candidates are required to submit soft copies of adequate / missing documents within due dates, given by FAO, to remain in the scholarship selection process.
- Evaluation sheets are prepared. These sheets contain brief summary of credentials, covering all the aspects to be presented to the financial aid committee for final decision.
- The NUST financial aid committee reviews these evaluation sheets along with the supporting documents before making their decision, which is purely based on need.
- Decision is communicated to the students through an official provisional scholarship award letter / email
- The FAO reserves the right to conduct periodic reviews to ensure the award is granted to the needy students only.
- NUST carries the discretion to physically verify facts stated by the candidate while applying for financial aid at any point of time during the academic life cycle at NUST. It may include a visit to house/ business premises or inquiry from the surrounding neighbors.
We are pleased to announce that NUST’s Need Based Scholarship (NNBS) program has been granted a Shariah compliant certificate/ Fatwa, which would enable the University to collect and disburse zakat funds from donors and spend them directly on the educational needs of students from underprivileged backgrounds.
The University has taken all necessary efforts and precautions to ensure that the NNBS system of zakat collection and disbursement is Shariah compliant.
Download a copy of the certificate here:
Scholarships and grants from outside NUST
Like many of our students, you may receive scholarship funds from sources outside NUST, such as civic organizations (Edhi Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, Al-Khidmat Foundation, Ihsan Trust etc.), benefactors (W&R Dte, Fauji Foundation, Benevolent Funds etc.) corporations, the Provincial Educational Funds (PEEF, FEF, CMEEF etc.) and the HEC.
Since the intent of these awards is that they be used for educational purposes, you must report them to NUST and apply them toward your educational expenses. We will consider your outside awards as a part of your overall financial aid funding.
REPORT GRANTS FROM OUTSIDE ON: email@example.com