- Scholarships Explained!
Below is our latest list of available scholarships offered by private and public organisations in Malaysia. Most of the scholarships are offered only to Malaysians while others includes scholarships for international students.
Scholarship / Fund / Loan
- Deadline: 25 January 2021The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) is offering two International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarships for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) leavers. Scholarships are inclusive of full tuition and external examination fees.*Expiring Soon25 January 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 31 January 2021The ECM Libra Foundation’s Close The Gap Scholarship Fund is a multi-million dollar scholarship fund for academically and culturally gifted students in ASEAN to live up to their academic potential. Full and partial scholarships are available to stu...Expiring Soon31 January 2021Expiring Soon
- Deadline: 18 February 2021The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan offers scholarships to international students who wish to study for a period of one year at designated Japanese universities as Japanese Studies Students in order to...18 February 2021
- Deadline: 18 February 2021The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce that the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarships for Japanese Studies and Teacher Training is now open for application until 18 th February 2021. Qualified Malaysian nationals who would li...18 February 2021
- Deadline: Check with universityGREAT Scholarships offers 30 scholarships from UK universities, across a variety of subjects for students from Malaysia. Each scholarship is worth a minimum of £10,000 towards tuition fees for a one-year postgraduate course.Check with university
- Deadline: Refer to websiteEquator College Art Talent Study Award is to award to deserving art talented Malaysians to pursue their higher education at Equator College’s art and design Diploma programs, namely Diploma in Graphic and Multimedia Design, Diploma in Digital 3D An...Refer to website
- Deadline: OngoingInternational Medical College (IMC) is offering sponsorship for those who wish to study for Diploma in Nursing with IMC. Those who satisfy the entry requirements of 5 credits in SPM and are passionate to serve others, IMC urge you to take advantage o...Ongoing
- Deadline: OngoingThe goal of education is the same as the goal of life - to help students grow into intellectually and emotionally matured individuals. Parents are looking for an institution that can give their child academic excellence and at the same time, want the...Ongoing
- Deadline: OngoingIn driving and transforming MSU towards excellence, financial assistance has been provided to outstanding and deserving students to acquire quality education. The funds are distributed through various means including collaborative efforts between MSU...Ongoing
- Deadline: OngoingThe IUKL Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme is offered automatically every semester. The scheme offers up to 50% off the semester tuition fee for students who manage to maintain a CGPA of 3.750 and above every semesterOngoing
Financial Aid Providers
In Malaysia, the sponsors of financial aid come from various categories. These include scholarships and loans offered by the government, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, government-linked companies and trade associations.
Types of Financial Aid
Higher education is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime. With the increasing cost of education, planning ahead is essential to finance your education. So what are some options you can explore? Here are some common ways students seek financial aid.
Scholarships are monetary awards given based on academic or other achievements and are non-repayable, which means you won't have to pay the money back. Scholarships are awarded by the government, non-government organisations, corporations and independent foundations.
You may have heard people using the terms 'scholarship' and 'bursary' interchangeably, however, bursaries are usually non-competitive and automatic, and often based on financial need without emphasis on academic standing.
Grants are similar to scholarships and also don't have to be repaid. The difference is that grants are often need-based while scholarships are usually merit-based. Grants are also given to students who carry out academic research projects.
- Education Funds
Education Funds are Scholarships or loans provided by the Government / foundation / private educational institutions / financial institutions to reduce the burden of financing a student's education expenses, whether locally or overseas.
- Tuition Fee Waiver or Discount
Many private higher education institutions in Malaysia offer partial or full tuition fee waivers or discounts based on merit (e.g. academic, sports, leadership roles). Recipients are often required to maintain a minimum CGPA to continue enjoying the tuition fee waiver.
- Unit Trusts & Insurance Schemes
These are typically investment schemes that parents undertake for several years to secure financial funding for their child's higher education.
Loans are financial obligations that must be repaid. Loans are mostly provided by private sector or government bodies.
Financing for Higher Education
The cost of tertiary education does not come cheap, but it is a lifetime investment for your future. Therefore whether your parents can afford your entire or partial cost of tertiary education, you are advised to go through this pathway in order to be competitive in your career advancement. If your family cannot afford the cost, you may work while studying part-time or look for some forms of scholarship, study grant, loan or other sources of financial aid to help you to pay for your education.
Read the article on Scholarships & Study Loans for Higher Education here.