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How to Get an Affordable University Education

August 14, 2020 by Admin in Uncategorized 8 min read

How to Get an Affordable University Education

Attaining higher education is expensive. The alarmingly high tuition fees, application fees, books and supplies costs, and miscellaneous expenses add up. In fact, it can be so expensive that getting an education actually becomes a burden on students and their families. 

In Pakistan, tuition fees of private universities are extremely burdensome. Tuition for international universities is even more expensive. The lack of government-provided higher education institutes is even more discouraging. All these harsh realities can make the thought of attending university very stressful for many intermediate students. 

However, do not lose hope. There are ways to attain an affordable university education. There are a plethora of scholarships, grants, and financial aid programs available for dedicated students.

So, if you are worried about funding your higher education after intermediate, then keep reading. Here are some tips that can help you get a more affordable education. 


Merit Scholarships

Many local and international universities offer merit scholarships to high-achieving students. This scholarship is often granted on the basis of your intermediate exam result and is renewed each semester as long as you maintain a good GPA. 

Thus, in order to qualify for merit scholarships, you must focus on scoring an impressive intermediate exam result. Give plenty of attention to your exam preparation, and focus on solving the solved past papers

Moreover, some merit scholarships are granted automatically upon admission, but some you must apply for yourself. Be sure to read the conditions on the university website that you are applying to so that you can apply on time if required.


Financial Aid 

If you do not qualify for a merit scholarship, you may still be able to receive financial aid. Financial aid is a monetary grant that is given to students who require assistance to fund their education. In order to be eligible for financial aid, you will require sharing your family’s income information. If the family income is below a certain amount, then you will be granted the aid. 

In addition, you must have minimum marks to prove your worthiness for the grant. You will also require to maintain a certain GPA to renew the grant each semester. So put effort into your exam preparation to score well in the intermediate exams.

Financial aid is often provided by various universities, however, the government may also offer financial grant schemes. Do your research and find out where you can receive financial aid, and apply well before the deadline.


HEC Grants

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is constantly offering various scholarships, bursaries, and grants for Pakistani students. These include grants to local universities as well as international ones.

Check out the official HEC website to check out the latest scholarship and grant opportunities. Each grant has different conditions, to be sure to read them all carefully to determine where you can apply. 

To be safe, be sure to score reasonable marks in your intermediate exams. This is because you will need to prove academic-consciousness in order to qualify for any grant. Exam preparation should be your main priority to be eligible for financial grants for your higher education.


Money-Saving Tips

As a student, you will face many expenses. However, it is still possible to save money and cut down your expenses. So, in addition to finding various sources of financial assistance, you can also get a more affordable education by checking out the following money-saving tips.

  • Find a soft copy of the textbooks. Many textbooks are available online for free in pdf format, or for a nominal cost. So search online for your textbooks before heading to the bookstore
  • If you must have a hard copy of the textbooks, then consider buying a used book. You can find recent editions in old book shops which are significantly cheaper than brand-new ones.
  • Ask your seniors to sell you their old books and study materials that they no longer need. This will be cheaper than buying it brand-new
  • Look for online study resources. You can find online exam preparation resources for your intermediate exams, as well as for university. They are available for an economical subscription cost.
  • Cut down on travel expenses to tuition centers and academies by self-studying at home with online study resources. 
  • Stop eating out! As a student, it is tempting to eat at cafes and fast food joints, but it becomes very expensive. Instead, pack home-cooked meals and snacks
  • Find cost-effective entertainment! Rather than going to expensive cinemas and shopping malls, try having a movie night at your place, or head to the park.

These are small but effective tips for reducing your expenses. As a student, every penny saved matters, so be sure to try it out and save your money. 

These money-saving tips, combined with the various financial assistance options, can really help you attain an affordable higher education. This way, you can worry less about your finances, and focus more on what is important – your studies!

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