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FAQs
Updated on 25 April 2018
When and How to Apply for Financial Aid?
UG & Masters candidates apply for financial aid immediately after submitting online admission application. Due date for submitting Financial Aid Applications is the same as that of the online admission application. Financial Aid Applications will not be accepted separately after due date
 
Who can apply for financial aid?
Every candidate who is applying for admission may apply for financial aid by submitting the online NUST need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF)
 
Does applying for financial aid effect admission?
No, request for financial aid has no effect on admission decision.
 
Can I apply for the financial aid during the semester/year?
Only those students, whose financial situation changes drastically, due to unforeseen circumstances e.g. Retirement, death, layoffs from job etc. can apply for financial assistance during the semester/ year through their institutions
 
How many types of financial aid are offered?
There are three types of financial aid offered by NUST:
Need based scholarships
Merit based scholarships
Interest free loans
What is the criteria of awarding financial aid?
The scholarship management committee assesses financial need of all candidates and determines whether or not candidate’s family has sufficient resources to afford fee at NUST. The need is determined on the basis of the financial credentials submitted by the candidate.
 
What is meant by physical verification?
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.
 
Can a student appeal for review of the financial assistance decision?
There is an appeal process in place in which the NUST administration accepts requests from students who have additional information to declare, which may have been missed during the initial assessment.
 
What is the Need assessment process?
The decision and its review follow the stages outlined below:
  • The staff at the financial aid office (FAO) checks and reconciles the information on the financial aid form against the documents provided including their tenor and validity; seeking clarifications from the applicant/ student on anomalies, if any.
  • Applicants are contacted for retrieval of discrepant documents (where necessary)
  • FAO prepares student evaluation sheets that contain a brief summary of the credentials provided covering all the aspects to be presented to the financial aid committee for final decision.
  • Shortlisted Candidates are informed to submit supporting documentation in hard form by the deadline specified by the financial aid office .
  • Interviews / Physical Verifications are conducted where recommended by the committee.
  • The NUST financial aid committee assesses each case through the evaluation 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.
  • The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to conduct periodic reviews to ensure the award is granted to the needy students only.
My father / guardian / Earning member of the family does not have a job. What type of income certificate should I give?
Father / Guardian / Earning Member(s) of the Family will give a Declaration of monthly income from all sources on affidavit to be printed on stamp paper having value > Rs.100, duly attested by Union Councilor & two witnesses. At least one of the witnesses is to be a Govt. officer of BPS 17 or above & the other a close family member well acquainted with your family financial profile. Contact numbers of the witnesses to be mentioned on the affidavit.
 
My father / guardian does business. What type of income certificate should I give?
Father / Guardian / Earning Member(s) of the Family will give a Declaration of monthly income from all sources (business) on affidavit to be printed on stamp paper having value > Rs.100, duly attested by Union Councilor & two witnesses. At least one of the witnesses is to be a Govt. officer of BPS 17 or above & the other a close family member well acquainted with your family financial profile. Contact numbers of the witnesses to be mentioned on the affidavit.
 
My father / guardian does job and has a part time business (agriculture, taxi, tuition, shop etc). What type of income certificate should I give?
Father / Guardian / Earning Member(s) of the Family will give salary certificate and a Declaration of monthly income from all sources (job & Business) on affidavit to be printed on stamp paper having value > Rs.100, duly attested by Union Councilor & two witnesses. At least one of the witnesses is to be a Govt. officer of BPS 17 or above & the other a close family member well acquainted with your family financial profile. Contact numbers of the witnesses to be mentioned on the affidavit.
 
Our monthly income is from agricultural lands. What type of income certificate should I give?
Father / guardian will a Declaration of monthly income from all sources on affidavit to be printed on stamp paper having value > Rs.100, duly attested by Assistant Commissioner Revenue / Union Councilor & two witnesses. At least one of the witnesses is to be a Govt. officer of BPS 17 or above & the other a close family member well acquainted with your family financial profile. Contact numbers of the witnesses to be mentioned on the affidavit. 

I was awarded a scholarship from a private outside organization. Do I need to inform financial aid office?

Yes, if you receive an outside grant or scholarship or a third-party payment you must report the type and amount to the FAO as and when received.

What happens if my parents are divorced, separated and one parent is unwilling to submit any information to the financial aid office or to contribute towards my NUST expenses?

 ​In fairness to all, NUST expects that parents will pay what they can, and we must assess each parent's ability to contribute to college costs by reviewing complete financial documents from both parents. 
You might explain to the parent, unwilling to submit financial information, that his or her information will remain confidential. Your parent should also know that providing such information no way obligates him or her to contribute to your NUST education.
If you believe your situation is special, please write us a detailed letter of explanation.​
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I have submitted NFAAF and attached soft copies of supporting documents too, do I need to send hard copies of supporting documents? If yes, When?

You do not need to send supporting documents to FAO immediately after submitting NFAAF.  
After due processing, FAO will inform you via email to mail the documents in hard form, within a due date.  Failure to provide documents within due date will lead to cancellation of NFAAF.

I want to apply for​ other need based scholarships like PEEF, CMEEF KPK, FEF etc. Do I need to submit another application form?

Upon submitting NFAAF, you will be considered for all types of need based scholarships. FAO will inform you incase any additional form / document is required.