For smooth execution of scholarship programs, a separate Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO) was established in GC University Lahore in collaboration with HEC in 2005. Initially Rs. 409,000/- were provided by HEC for the establishment and operational cost of SFAO for the period of one year only. In the financial year 2012-2013, the HEC allocated Rs. 5.0 million for the strengthening of Finacial Aid Office. In this regard, SFAO was shifted to its new separate premises in basement of Student Service Centre.
The SFAO is being supervised by the Additional Registrar Babar Ali Khan E-mail: email@example.com, also acts as a Focal Person for the distribution of various scholarships offered by HEC and other agencies.
There are number of scholarships available to assist students with their educational expenses on need and merit basis. In addition to the above Financial Aid Committee has been constituted by this University for the evaluation and approval of the applications submitted by the students for financial aid.
One window service is also being provided to the students to avail the scholarship facilities in the Treasurer’s office.
1 – Need Based Scholarships
- GCU Financial Assistance/Financail Aid
- HEC Needs Based Scholarship
PEEF having its office at Link Wahdat Road Lahore is an initiative of the Government of Punjab with the objective of providing Scholarships/monetary assistance to talented and needy students. There are three major categories of PEEF scholarship
- Scholarships at Intermediate and Undergraduate level
PEEF awards scholarships to talented and needy students who showed outstanding performance in their tehsils/districts in the Secondary and Intermediate Examinations. PEEF itself contacts the eligible students. Subsequently, after obtaining the relevant data from Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Educations, PEEF writes letters to prospective students informing them that they have been short listed for scholarship.
- Special Quota Category
Special Quota Scholarship applications are invited by the PEEF vide News Papers and concerned Institutions.
- Master level
PEEF has launched Master Level Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to talented and deserving students studying at Post Graduation level on the basis of graduation level examinations and this scholarship is awarded through the Institutions.
- Scholarships at Intermediate and Undergraduate level
For further details please visit: www.peef.org.pk
3- HEC’s Provision of Higher Education Opportunities for the Students of Balochistan and Fata
This scholarship is offered by the Higher Education Commission to provide financial assistance to Undergraduate (4 Years) and Postgraduate (2 Years) students of Balochistan and FATA.
4- Killa Gift Scholarship
The Killa Gift Fund Trust awards scholarships to the students who or whose parents own agricultural land in Faisalabad District.
5– Internal Merit District scholarship
This is a merit based scholarship offered by the District Education Officers of the concerned Districts from where a student has obtained his/her last educational certificate/degree.
6– Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal
Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal provides funding for the payment of University and Hostel dues to the meritorious and needy students to meet their educational expenses
7– Hijri/Quaid-e-Azam Scholarship
Hijril/Quaid-e-Azam Scholarship is offered by the concerned Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education to the talented students admitted to 1st Year FA/FSc or BA/BSc (Hons.) Programme.
8- Mohammad Raza Farooq Memorial Trust Scholarship
9- Ghulam Shabbir Scholarship
The GCU Endowment Fund Trust Lahore (GCU EFT) announced 22 scholarships (11 Golden & 11 Silver) for deserving students with the donations by the Old Ravians and Philanthropists. Golden scholarship covers the University fee as well as hostel expenses of a student while a sliver scholarship covers the University fee only.
Pakistan Engineering Congress Scholarship
Pakistan Engineering Congress awards 2 Scholarships every year to the students of this University studying in BSc Electrical Engineering.
To receive scholarship/financial aid, the student must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward an eligible program of study. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a set of standards for scholarship/financial aid progress:
- Undergraduate Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Postgraduate students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Students who receive an Incomplete (“I”) grade or who repeat courses will be ineligible to receive financial aid/scholarship
- Students who are placed on probation will be automatically ineligible to receive scholarship/financial aid until they raise their cumulative GPA
- Students who receive a failing grade (“F”) in all of their courses will be required to repayment of their scholarship/financial aid.
- Students who withdraw from University/migrate while receiving scholarship/ financial aid will be subject to a Return of Funds they have received.
These policies are subject to change based on guidelines provided by the funding individual/institution.
To apply scholarship/financial aid suspension, a student must be able to demonstrate the existence of mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are defined as, but not limited to, injury or illness of the student, death of a close relative, or undue hardship caused by unusual circumstances. The following steps shall be taken in the appeal process:
The student will indicate in writing to the Focal Person/Chairman of scholarship/financial aid committee the reason(s) why he/she did not make satisfactory academic progress and why financial aid should not be terminated. Documentation to support the appeal is strongly encouraged. The appeal must be received within two weeks of the date the student was notified of his/her suspension.
Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee will review the appeal and determine whether or not termination of aid is justified. The student will be advised of the decision in writing. An approved appeal will allow the student one additional semester on probation. The committee’s decision is final and may not be appealed further.`
All the applications for scholarships and financial aid will be evaluated and recommended by the Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee constituted by the Vice Chancellor or by the Authorized body prescribed by the funding Individual/Institution. Scholarship/financial aid are based on the assessment of need and merit as well as availability of funds. Selection is decided on the basis of information and investigations provided in the application form by the candidates. Candidate (s) may be required for interview (s).
Comprehensive transparent and unbiased frame work for neediness assessment & selection of deserving students is to be followed by Scholarship/Financial aid Committee. If a student intends to get Scholarship/Financial Aid, he/she shall have to apply on prescribed application from as and when announced by SFAO.
All the applications for scholarships and financial aid will be evaluated and recommended by the Scholarship/financial Aid committees constituted by the University. Scholarship/Financial Aid is based on the assessment of need and merit as well as availability of funds. Selection is decided on the basis of information provided on application form., supporting documents and interview of the candidate if required.
- In view of the rising cost of the Higher Education, GCU Lahore has kept its academic charges at the minimum possible scale. The University has a human approach towards all of its students and offers a generous financial aid programme.
- GCU provides financial aid to the needy and deserving students from its own resources to approximately 1500-1600 students annually subject to the provision in the Budget.
- Rupees 11.0 Million is being allocated in the budget for the Financial Aid which usually exceeds than the allocated amount e.g. in the financial year (2009-10) the Financial Aid of Rs.11.666 Million was provided to the needy students.
The following are the parameters for the selection of the students for Financial Aid:
- Students are divided into four broad categories:
- Orphans, major disables/Blind, Earthquake affected children.
- Children of Government servants upto BPS-16/Retired/Pensioner etc.
- Children of GCU Employees upto BPS-16.
- Children of private businessmen and farmers.
- Students of category ‘A’ are recommended 100% concession of University dues or as recommended by the Financial Aid Committee keeping in view the financial resources of the student’s guardian.
- Students of category ‘B C & D’ having Parent’s total monthly income less than Rs.20,000/- are recommended for the grants of financial aid as per parameters adopted by the Financial Aid Committee keeping in view the financial resources of the University and the number of applicants for the financial aid.
Procedure to Appeal against Scholarship/Financial Aid Suspension
To appeal against Scholarship/Financial Aid suspension, a student must be able to demonstrate the existence of mitigating circumstances. Mitigating circumstances are defined as, but not limited to, injury or illness of the student, death of a close relative, or undue hardship caused by unusual circumstances. The following steps shall be taken in the appeal process:
- The student shall inform in writing to the Focal Person/Chairman of Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee about circumstances under which he/she could not make satisfactory academic progress and why Financial Aid should not be terminated. Provision of relevant documents to support the appeal is strongly encouraged. The appeal must be received within two weeks of the date the student was notified about the suspension of his/her Scholarship/Financial Aid.
- The Scholarship/Financial Aid Committee will review the appeal and determine whether or not termination of aid is justified. The decision of the Scholarship / Financial Aid Committee will be informed to the student accordingly. The committee’s decision will be final and may not be appealed further.
Providing False Information
Providing false information may result one or all of the following:
- Cancellation of admission
- Rustication from the University
- Disqualification for award of any future scholarship/financial aid
- Refund of all the payment received and or a penalty equal to total scholarship amount.
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