Pakistan has no shortage of talented youth, but in several instances, lack of resources prevents them from realizing their potentials. This becomes more problematic when it comes to accessing higher education. The Government of Pakistan acknowledges these constraints and has tasked Higher Education Commission to facilitate the needy and deserving students through Need Based Scholarships. Scholarships have been announced for financially disadvantaged students of as many as 94 public sector universities and their campuses. 
The scholarships aim to elevate the socio-economic status of the students by enabling their chances to get the modern education and career opportunities for their brighter future.


To provide opportunities to talented but financially deprived students and empower them to acquire a high quality education at a reputed Public Sector institutions /university.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Financial assistance & scholarships are available for study at Undergraduate level in all disciplines at HEC selected public sector Pakistani universities and degree awarding institutions.
  • Students need to compete for securing admission at the participating institution as per admission policy of the institution and be enrolled in Undergraduate (4 years) programs.
  • Students in financial need who are already enrolled in participating institutions are also eligible to apply.
  • The eligibility of a candidate is linked to his/her financial needs as assessed by the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee. The financial background of the family of the applicant will be kept in view in this regard.
  • The number of slots will be decided by the universities.
  • Funding for slots will continue for the complete duration of the program. In case any students drop out, they will be replaced by other candidates on the waiting list.
  • All disciplines will be kept open. The selected university will decide whether to include or exclude any discipline keeping in view its grant, program cost, and number of allocated slots, etc.
  • In the case of Medicine, Pharm-D and other five year programs, funding will be made available for the complete program.
  • Considering the allocated grant, the university may adjust the total number of scholarships to an extent in order to cover the tuition fees.
  • In addition to the tuition fee, every grantee will be paid Rs.6000/- stipend per month for the complete program.
  • Those students who secure admission on self-finance are not eligible for HEC Need-Based Scholarship Program


The complete application should be sent to relevant Financial Aid Offices where the applicant intends to secure admission.

List of Participating Universities

S. NoUniversityProvince
1The Women University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, BaghAJK
2Mirpur University of Science & Technology, Mirpur (AJK)AJK
3AJK University, MuzaffarabadAJK
4University of Poonch, RawalakotAJK
5University of Management Sciences and Information Technology, Kotli (AJK)AJK
6Lasbela Univ. of Agri., Water & Marine Sciences, UthalBalochistan
7University of Balochistan, QuettaBalochistan
8Balochistan Univ. of IT & MS, QuettaBalochistan
9Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, QuettaBalochistan
10Balochistan Univ. of Engg. & Tech., KhuzdarBalochistan
11University of Turbat, TurbatBalochistan
12University of Lorali, LoraliBalochistan
13Quaid-i-Azam University, IslamabadFaderal
14International Islamic University, IslamabadFaderal
15National Univ. of Modern Languages, IslamabadFaderal
16Air University, IslamabadFaderal
17National Defence University, IslamabadFaderal
18Bahria University, IslambadFaderal
19Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhatto Medical Uni, IslamabadFaderal
20Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, IslamabadFaderal
21Institute of Space Technology, IslamabadFaderal
22COMSATS Institute of IT, IslamabadFaderal
23Virtual University of PakistanFaderal
24Karakurum International University, GilgitGilgit Baltistan
25Islamia College University, PeshawarKPK
26University of Malakand, ChakdaraKPK
27Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University (FWU), PeshawarKPK
28University of Science & Tech., BannuKPK
29Hazara University, MansehraKPK
30Abdul Wali Khan University, MardanKPK
31Kohat Univ. of Science  & Tech., KohatKPK
32Gomal University, D.I. KhanKPK
33Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal, Dir UpperKPK
34Abbotabad University of Sce. And Tech. AbbotabadKPK
35University of Swat, SwatKPK
36KPK University of Agriculture, PeshawarKPK
37The University of Swabi for Women, SwabiKPK
38KPK Univ. of Engg. & Tech., PeshawarKPK
39University of Peshawar, PeshawarKPK
40Khyber Medical University, PeshawarKPK
41Institute of Management Sciences, PeshawarKPK
42Bacha Khan University, CharsadaKPK
43University of Haripur, HaripurKPK
44Khushal Khan Khattak University, KarakKPK
45University of Swabi, SwabiKPK
46FATA University, Akhurwal Dara Adam KhelKPK
47University of Arid Agriculture, RawalpindiPunjab
48National Uni. Of Medical Science, RawalpindiPunjab
49Lahore College for Women University, LahorePunjab
50Government College University, FaisalabadPunjab
51University of Education, LahorePunjab
52University of Sargodha, SargodhaPunjab
53The Women University, MultanPunjab
54University of Gujrat, GujratPunjab
55University of Agriculture, FaisalabadPunjab
56Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi KhanPunjab
57The Govt. Sadiq College Women University BahawalpurPunjab
58GC Women University, SialkotPunjab
59GC Women University, FaisalabadPunjab
60University of Health Sciences, LahorePunjab
61King Edward Medical University, LahorePunjab
62Kinniard College for Women, LahorePunjab
63Information Tech. University LahorePunjab
64Islamia University, BahawalpurPunjab
65National Textile University, FaisalabadPunjab
66University of Engg. & Tech., TaxilaPunjab
67University of Engg. & Tech., LahorePunjab
68Univ. of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, LahorePunjab
69Government College University, LahorePunjab
70Bahauddin Zakariya University, MultanPunjab
71University of the Punjab, LahorePunjab
72Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design, LahorePunjab
73Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, MultanPunjab
74Fatima Jinnah Women University, RawalpindiPunjab
75Fatima Jinnah Medical University, LahorePunjab
76Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University Engg & Tech, MultanPunjab
77Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & TechnologySindh
78Dawood University of Engineering & Technology KarachiSindh
79Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at SakrandSindh
80 Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University, LyariSindh
81NED University of Engineering and TechnologySindh
82University of Karachi, KarachiSindh
83Dow University of Health Sciences, KarachiSindh
84People University of Medical Health Sciences For Women, Nawabshah (Benazirabad)Sindh
85Quaid Awam University Engineering Science & Technology NawabshahSindh
86Sindh Agriculture University, TandojamSindh
87Liaquat Univ. of Medical & Health Sciences, JamshoroSindh
88Mehran Univ. of Engineering Science & Technology Nawabshah
89University of Sindh, JamshoroSindh
90Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of technology & skill development, KhairpurSindh
91Shah Abdul Latif University, KhairpurSindh
92Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, BenzirabadSindh
93Jinnah Sindh Medical University, KarachiSindh
94Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, LarkanaSindh
95Sindh Madressatul Islam University, KarachiSindh
96Institute of Business Administration, KarachiSindh
97Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, SukkurSindh
98Shaheed Zulifqar Ali Bhutto University of Law, KarachiSindh

Scholarship Award Process
  • The applications of all potential candidates are reviewed by the Institutional Scholarship Award Committee (ISAC). The committee is headed by the Vice Chancellor of the participating institution, along with members from the institution as well as external members. This is done to ensure impartiality and transparency.
  • The ISAC recommends potential candidates to the HEC Scholarship Management Committee (SMC). The committee includes top Executives of HEC, representatives from the participating institutions, and eminent scholars. The SMC undertakes a thorough review before approving eligible cases.
  • After finalization of awardees' list, the participating institutions will forward the funds to the selected students.
How To Apply

Interested applicants can receive the Scholarship Application Form from the Financial Aid Office (FAO) at the participating University/Institution. The form can also be Downloaded Here.

The Scholarship Form will be submitted along with supporting documents to the same Financial Aid office (at university only) after completion. (HEC will not accept any application form directly)

Students need to secure admission to any one of the approved disciplines at the participating Universities/Institutions as per their admission criteria.

Please note that this scholarship program also considers partial scholarship for students already enrolled at the selected university/DAI.

Please note that under this scholarships scheme, the funds are not transferred directly to students by HEC. The payment is made to the students through participating universities/institutions.

Financial Support

What does the scholarship cover?

The Needs Based Scholarship program covers funds for the following expenses:

  • Tuition Fee
  • Stipend



Are applicants enrolled in universities/institutions outside of Pakistan eligible for the scholarship?

The scholarship will only be offered to the applicants who are enrolled in selected participating public sector Pakistani universities. List is already available on HEC webpage:

Does this scholarship provide any total or partial assistance to the students who are studying in other Pakistani universities outside of the HEC selected institutes?

This scholarship will not provide any assistance to students who are studying in institutions other than the HEC selected institutes.

What is the application process? Do I need to re-apply every year?

After being admitted to the selected university, you can apply directly for financial aid. The financial aid form will be made available with the Administration Office of the university. You can return it to the same office for submission. Once you are selected under this program, you will not need to apply every year.

What are the eligibility criteria for these scholarships?

Any financially constrained students enrolled in the selected university/DAI are eligible to apply. For further details, check the Eligibility Criteria page.

 What kind of expenses will be covered in this scholarship program? 

The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and monthly stipend (PKR 6000/month for 10 months).

Can I apply for admission to any of the participating universities for admission?

Yes, you can apply to any of the participating universities when they offer the admission.

 How can I apply for university admission? 

Please see the participating university schedule for the admission in the relevant programs.

How can I receive an application form?

The application form is available on the HEC website (downloads) and participating University web site/Financial Aid Office.

I have completed my matriculation. Can I apply for this scholarship?

No, these scholarships are only for the Undergraduate level.

I am studying in the third semester of the relevant course, am I eligible for this scholarship?

Yes, previously enrolled students can apply for this scholarship.

 I am already availing financial assistance/scholarship from university/institute. Am I eligible for this scholarship?

No, the students already availing financial assistance/scholarships from universities/institutes are not eligible to apply.

Which are the selected participating universities?

You can see the details of selected participating universities on the official Website of the Higher Education Commission.

 Is it possible to transfer the awarded scholarship from a selected university/institute to another one?

No. As per provision, it is not possible to transfer the scholarship from a selected university/institute to any other university/institute.

If we secure admission on self-finance in participating university then we are eligible for this scholarship?

No. Students who got admission on self-finance are not eligible for this scholarship.

Do the students who are studying in affiliated colleges of participating universities are eligible to apply for this scholarship?

No. This scholarship program does not cover affiliated colleges of participating universities.

Does HEC announce the starting and closing date of this scholarship program?

No. It is the responsibility of participating university to announce the start and end date.

Which are the supporting documents we need to attach with scholarship application form?

Following are the documents.

  • Salary slip.
  • Utility bills.
  • Parent/guardian CNIC.


Will this scholarship pay previous dues to already enrolled students?

Ans: No; Funds will be provided from the date of "Award of scholarship" not from the date of enrollment into the university.

Contact US

Project Manager, Needs Based Scholarship Program,

Human Resource Development Division,

Higher Education Commission,

Sector H-8, Islamabad.


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​Murad Shuaib Khan

Program Coordinator​


Needs Based Scholarship Programs


(Muhammad Shahid Iqbal)

Superintendent (HRD)

Needs Based Scholarship Programs

Ph: 051-90808079


(Mubasher Hassan)

Project Assistant(HRD)

Needs Based Scholarship Programs

Ph: 051-90808079​