The Ministry of Higher Education is now accepting applications for 270 student loans, with a deadline of March 15. These loans are intended to support diploma and degree programs in sectors that are high in demand, and to help students further their studies beyond the government’s free degree program.
Minister of Higher Education Dr. Ibrahim Hassan notes that the loan opportunities reflect the sectors with the greatest need for human resources. In particular, the ministry is offering 60 loans for pilot training, 55 loans for studying abroad for a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), and 20 loans for studying abroad for a Postgraduate Medicine program.
The loan scheme also includes opportunities for students to receive top-up loans to cover delays in completing their program and to study for a PhD in order to become college and university lecturers.
Applicants are eligible to study in any country, although the amount of expenses the government is willing to cover may vary by country. This year, the administration fee for the loan program has been reduced to 1%.