KFUPM attracts top students (Saudis and non-Saudis) through transparent and competitive admission criteria. The admission grants Saudi students a scholarship from the government while non-Saudis are expected to cover the tuition fees which is SR 20,000 per year. Diversity in the student body is one of the values at KFUPM. Currently, 5-7% of the undergraduate students are international, and this scholarship program is mainly designed to support "needy" and highly performing students with a scholarship.
General Guidelines for the Scholarship
- Application for this scholarship does not guarantee awarding; scholarships seats and funds are limited. Only students meeting requirements will be awarded based on the availability of seats and funds.
- This scholarship is for international students (inside or outside the Kingdom) who are admitted to KFUPM on a full-time basis and who meet the selection criteria (based on financial need and academic performance) defined by the committee.
- The Scholarship Committee will announce deadline for accepting applications
- The committee will ultimately decide the percentage of financial aid to be awarded to each applicant starting from 10% up to 100% of tuition fee.
- The scholarship is covering full-academic year including summer.
- There might be some restrictions on applicants’ nationality based on the donors’ request. However, the University will not make any discrimination between students.
Applications Requirements and Eligibility Criteria
- Applicant must be a newly admitted student or an undergraduate student at KFUPM.
- Applicant must not be enrolled in any scholarship programs.
- Late applications submitted after the announced deadline will not be accepted.
- Eligibility for the scholarship:
- For newly admitted students: the committee will review the applications based on the student’s financial need and his/her total number of family members, including the student, provided that 50% of the tuition fees are covered, the student is required to obtain an academic average of 3 out of 4 at the end of the first semester in order for the remaining 50% to be granted.
- For continuing students (more than one semester at KFUPM): in addition to the student’s financial need and his/her total number of family members, the applicant should have a minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 in the last semester studied.
- Applicants must submit salary certificate of their working parent(s) total salary (plus all allowances in details, Employer stamp, Employer Signature, Chamber of Commerce stamp and the date of the letter issuance should not exceed one month from the application date). The salary letters should be issued from the same sponsor mentioned on Iqama. (this will be used as a proof of financial needs).
- Applicants must submit Bank Account Statement of their working parent(s) for the last 3 months with bank stamp (this will be used as a proof of financial needs).
- Submit a copy of the resident ID (IQAMA) for all members of the student’s family in one file in PDF format.
- The scholarship recipient is required to pay the remaining tuition fees (if any) and any late fees that are not covered by the Scholarship (such as living allowances).
- The student can submit any other documents to support his application, such as: medical reports, death certificate, divorce certificate, etc.
- The student should pledge to inform the scholarships committee if his/her social and financial status improved.
- The continuation of the scholarship is subject to student performance and availability of fund. Awarded students should maintain cumulative GPA above 3.
Program implementation mechanism
- Once the scholarship is obtained after the approval of the committee, the tuition fees will be transferred to the university’s account and the student will be informed.
- The maximum period of the scholarship provided that funding is available, is the regular study period at the university (four years + preparatory year).
Termination of scholarships
The student’s scholarship will be terminated in any of the following cases:
- If the student provides incorrect information while submitting the application.
- If the student does not fulfill his obligations, or obtains a semester average of less than 3 out of 4.
- If the student drops a semester without any acceptable excuse. If a student wishes to drop a semester for an acceptable excuse, he must write a letter to the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee.
Note: If the student violates any of the university’s regulations and is referred to the disciplinary committee, the appropriate decision will be taken in consultation with the Scholarship Committee.