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Need Based Scholarship at NUST

NUST’s generous financial aid program—bolstered by NUST own resources and external funding, which seek to increase low and middle income students—aims to make NUST accessible to any student who is admitted. 

We are here to guide you through the financial aid process from application to graduation. 

Our office is located in H-12 Islamabad and we welcome visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all working days 

How to apply?

Step 1: Submit your online NUST Need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF)

NUST Need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF) collects biographical and financial information including your and your Guardian / parent's gross income, assets, number of people in the household and cumulative expenses.  This determines your financial aid eligibility. 


Step 2: Review your Financial Aid decision 

If you are offered admission & selected for scholarship, you will receive a financial aid decision vide email starting the first week of August. You can review and accept or decline your financial aid award. 

Step 3:  If granted admission and selected for scholarship, you will be required to place all your supporting documents- attached with NFAAF- in ONE envelope and mail it to the NUST Financial Aid Office on the following mailing address:

Room No 318, Second Floor, Main Office Building, NUST, Sector H-12, Islamabad

How aid works

  • Your Net disposable income which is your family’s Monthly Contribution towards NUST Tuition Fee, is calculated based on the information you provided on the NFAAF.
  • Financial need is determined by the difference between your monthly tuition fee and your expected family’s Monthly Contribution.
  • Financial Aid is awarded in the shape of Need Based Scholarships to students with the highest financial need as determined by the NFAAF. In addition to need based scholarships, financing options such as a monthly payment plan, various loan programs are also offered 

Need assessment process​

  • The stages are as under:

  • Candidates who apply for financial aid are required to submit requisite documentation by the specified deadline.

  • The staff of NUST Financial Aid Office works closely with your family to determine your demonstrated need and your family’s expected contribution by reconciling the information on NFAAF against the documents provided including their tenor and validity; seeking clarifications, if any. 

  • Student evaluation sheets are prepared that contain a brief summary of the ​provided credentials covering all the aspects to be presented to the financial aid committee for final decision.

  • Interviews are conducted where recommended by the committee.

  • The NUST financial aid committee assesses each case through the summary sheet and reviews 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 Financial Aid Office 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.), benfactors (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.


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