Scholarships, Grants, and Fees
Download the UCA Financial Aid Application Package (Deadline: 21 June 2020)
A university education is one the most important investments that a student and family can make. A degree from a quality university significantly influences personal and professional success.
Education at the University of Central Asia is heavily subsidized, and once admitted on merit, a student’s financial constraint is not a barrier to quality education. UCA’s generous financial aid programme ensures that admission is based solely on merit, and the ability to pay fees is not a consideration during the selection process. Once a student is admitted, financial assistance is guaranteed.
This assistance takes the form of:
- Grants; and
- Interest free loans.
Fees are paid in the national currency where the Campuses are located, and fixed for the entire period of undergraduate study. Tuition fees at UCA are the equivalent of US$5000 per year, which is less than most universities in Central Asia, as well as China, Turkey, and Russia. Moreover, as mentioned above, depending on the financial circumstances of the student, tuition fees can be subsidized or waived for deserving and meritorious students.
Unlike most other universities in the region where students have to arrange for their own housing and meals, UCA provides a unique residential experience for their undergraduate students. Its modern on-campus facilities include attractive accommodations, meals, laptop, health insurance, and other facilities, and cost the equivalent of $3000 for the academic year, which is also eligible for subsidy.
The average contribution students make during the academic year for all expenses, including tuition, accommodations, and meals, is less than $1400, or $140 per month. For most students, even if they were to live at home, this cost is likely to be higher.
Full scholarships are also awarded to meritorious students from Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan) on a competitive basis.
UCA's Commitment to Making Quality Education Affordable
Student tuition represents a fraction of the total education cost: nearly 95 percent of the per student cost is subsidised by UCA. UCA’s tuition is significantly lower than the cost of comparable standards of higher education in neighbouring China, Russian and Turkey, and in comparison to the highest quality universities in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
UCA's fees are comprehensive and include the following:
- Tuition fees for instruction
- Textbooks and instruction materials
- Laptop computer
- Accommodations and meals
- Health Insurance Plan; Fitness centre, sports, recreation
- Individual tutorials and counselling
UCA's fees are all-inclusive and payable in national currency equivalent
Tuition and Fees will not increase (in US dollar terms) over your five years at UCA
Frequently Asked Questions
What payment options are available?
Student fees are heavily subsided at UCA, and full and partial scholarships are also available. After receipt of financial aid, 50% of any balance due is paid by September 1st of the relevant academic year, and the remaining 50% by January 10th. Student contributions should be paid through a bank transfer to the bank account specified in the invoice provided by UCA in accordance with national governing law.
Do students have to sign a study agreement?
Yes. Each student is required to sign a student services agreement prior to the start of their studies at the University of Central Asia.
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When and How do I Apply for Financial Aid?
Financial aid applications are available to all shortlisted candidates, and students apply annually for assistance. Financial Aid decisions are made by a committee and not by any one individual.
Will my Financial Situation Advantage or Disadvantage me in the Application Process?
Admission to UCA is based on merit. The University is committed to admitting the best and brightest students from both urban and rural areas of Central Asia, regardless of economic status. No student is denied admission to UCA on financial grounds.
How does a UCA Student Loan Work?
- Interest free loans are offered in the national currency.
- Annual administration fee of two percent (2%) is assessed from the year of loan received.
- The students have a two-year period after graduation to begin repayment, and another 10 years following this grace period to repay their loan.