Scholarships Guidance

AECC Global Nigeria Study Abroad Scholarship Guidance

Overseas Education has become one of the factors in strengthening bonds between the countries  (the country that is providing the education and from the country maximum number of students departing) and establishing a cordial relationship between them. Also, it improves the economy and revenue of the country that provides globalised education. The same applies to the guest country where worldly scholars return and invest all their knowledge in their home country, working for the betterment of their nation. While some stay back in the host country and lead their professional life. Overseas education has also become a pathway to experience new life with different people and different cultures. But more than that, it is a surreal opportunity for students to get wide global exposure in terms of education. But overseas education does come with an elephant-sized price that not many students can afford. Moreover, the over-prized abroad education leads students and their parents to take up educational loans, sell their properties, and mortgage their lands to make their abroad education a reality.  

Wealthy countries providing international education, realising this came up with scholarships for their immigrant students. With scholarships, a lot of financial burdens were taken away from the students allowing them to breathe a lot easier and finish their studies without feeling any pressure. Scholarships soon after categorised into many depending on immigrant students’ academic performance, financial status, etc.
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Types of Scholarships

  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Need-based scholarships
  • Student-specific scholarships
  • Program-specific scholarships
  • College-specific scholarships
  • Career-specific scholarships

Let us see each type of scholarship in detail and know what benefit each holds.

1. Merit Based Scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are given purely performance-based, as the name suggests. In this type of abroad scholarship, the performance doesn’t need to be academic-based but also can be in sports, liberal arts and extracurricular activities. To acquire this scholarship, students need to be at the top of their game, excelling in each exam, sports event, art event, or other community involvement. The other way to acquire this scholarship is to pass the scholarship exam conducted by the scholarship board, university, or school.

2. Need Based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are given to immigrant students who come from financially-backwards sections. The scholarship sometimes may cover the total amount of the fees or sometimes only partially cover the fees. The amount includes tuition fees, airfare costs, living costs, etc. To acquire this scholarship, students have to provide the income certificate of their parents as proof of their financial standing.

3. Student-specific Scholarships

Student-specific scholarships are for specific students who belong to certain groups like gender and class. Women and minority groups are more concentrated in this type of abroad scholarship. Even students with some kind of medical history are awarded this scholarship to make sure every kind of student attends a college or a university to continue their education.

4. Program-specific Scholarships

Program-specific scholarships are given to students who take a particular education stream or education program available in a college or university. These scholarships are awarded to promote or boost a particular education program value, to make sure students, and the course are benefitted in terms of increase in the value and recognition. Students are chosen for the scholarship if they choose the particular program and also if their educational performance is top-level.

5. College-specific Scholarships

College-specific scholarships are the ones given by a specific college or university alone. These scholarships cannot be sought in other universities or colleges. Even though funds are collected from private or public bodies, those funds are distributed by the specific university or college. This type of scholarship requires consistent excellent academic performance.

6. Career-specific Scholarships

Career-specific scholarships are more similar to program-specific scholarships given to promote a career where talents are less. These scholarships are awarded by the universities promoting a particular career.

Source of Funds

Funds are money that is available for international students to commence their higher education abroad. There are various types of funds that students can use to pay for their education.

  1. Parental support - Some parents can afford their children's education without the help of a government or public organisation. They have wealth and are rich enough to not take education loans, etc.
  2. Self-support - In this situation, students are needed to fund themselves as they may come from a financially backward family. They might not have much inheritance to spend for their abroad education. So students have to work and save money for their education fees.
  3. Student Loans - Student Loans are nothing but education loans banks provide to students to help them continue their higher education. So once a student completes their education, they pay back the loan in instalments by finding work related to their study program.
  4. Work-study Programs - This is a type of fund, raised by students working in their college or university campuses in their free time. The money that is raised through working is saved later to pay for the education tuition fees.
  5. Bursaries - Bursaries are kinds of scholarships provided to the financially weaker sections. These funds need not be paid back as they come under the scholarship. Sometimes the bursaries may cover the full tuition fees, and sometimes not.
  6. Scholarships - Scholarships are funds provided by a government, university, NGO or private institutions. Scholarships are given purely based on the academic excellence of the students.

Private Student Loans for International Students

There are many ways to get a private education loan in Nigeria. One way is through banks, the next is through the government and the final is through the NGO organisations. To get a private education loan in Nigeria, students must have scored splendid marks and constantly scored top marks in their exams.

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