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Need Based Financial Aid

Updated on 19 Mar 2018

  • Need Based Financial Aid Program of NUST—bolstered by own resources and external funding, which seek to facilitate students from low and middle income families—aims to make NUST accessible to the most financially challenged Undergraduate & Masters' students, admitted purely on merit. 
  • The Program facilitates students by providing them:
  • Need Based scholarships which cover partial / full academic expenditures for Partial / full duration of the studies (Maximum 2 years for Masters & 4 years for Undergraduate). 
  • Interest Free loans e.g Deferment of Tuition Fee, Ihsan Trust Interest Free Loans etc.
  • Facility to deposit fee in installments (Not applicable to admission / 1st semester dues e.g Admission Fee, Semester Tuition Fee etc.). 
  • 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?

    S​tep 1: Submit the online NUST Need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF) 

    • NFAAF collects biographical and financial information regarding parents / guardians' gross income, assets, number of people in the household and cumulative expenses etc.  This determines eligibility for financial aid. 
    • Due date to submit NFAAF is the same as that of online admission application form(s). For details please click here.
    • You will be required to attach soft copy of supporting documents with NFAAF. For details please click here.

    ​Guidelines to Access and Submit Need Based Financial Aid Application Form (NFAAF)

    Step 2:  Submit Supporting Documents (in Hard Form) in FAO upon receiving​ an email from FAO. You may do so in person OR place all supporting documents in ONE envelope and mail it to Financial Aid Office (FAO). Mailing address is as under:

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

    Step 3: Accept your provisional scholarship offer & Deposit Dues to secure admission and scholarship 

    • 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 accept or decline your financial aid award. 
    • You will also get a fee challan alongwith the Provisional Admission Offer Letter. Pay the admission dues to secure admission seat and scholarship slot. Scholarship slot is transferable to whichever discipline you finally opt to join.
    • To decline the scholarship, simply send an email on

    Step 4: Submit Deed Of Agreement​ in Financial​ Aid Office for confirmation of scholarship award

    Check your emails regularly (including junk / spam folders) for updates from FAO

    How aid works

    • Net disposable income is the amount of money a family can afford to pay towards Tuition Fee of candidate. It is also known as Expected Family Contribution & is calculated based on information provided on NFAAF. Generally it is the difference in familys' income & expenses. You will come across these terms while filling the NFAAF
    • Financial Aid Required is mainly determined by the difference between monthly tuition fee and Expected Family Contribution however following factors are also considered:
      • Parent / Guardian Status 
      • No of Dependant Family members
      • No of Dependants studying
      • Support from current / fixed assets
      • Structure / Ownership of house
      • Nature / magnitude of monthly expenses 
    • Financial Aid is awarded in the shape of Need Based Scholarships / Loans / other options 
    • Financial Aid is awarded on the basis of the Financial Need. 

    Need assessment process​

    The stages are as under:

    • 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. 
    • Financial Aid Office informs candidates (via email) to submit deficient documents. Candidates are required to submit (online) deficient 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 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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