WOU’s full-time students can submit applications for 3 forms of financial assistance awarded by the Penang State Government, starting June 1st.
One of them is also awarded for part-time, open distance learning (ODL). Six representatives from the offering agencies participated in an Education Financial Assistance exhibition organised by the University at the main campus today, where they disseminated information and answered students’ queries.
Firstly, the Penang State Government Education Loan is offered to those pursing a full-time or ODL certificate, diploma, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s or PhD programme.
Students can apply online at http://www.penang.gov.my or http://epp.penang.gov.my, from June 1st to August 30th every year. Applicants must be born in Penang or have at least 5 years’ schooling in Penang, and studying in an MQA-approved programme. The annual quantum for full-time study is RM4,000 for Diploma and RM5,000/RM6,000 for a Bachelor’s degree programme in Arts/Science.
As for ODL, the annual loan is RM3,000 for Diploma, RM4,000/RM5,000 for a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts/Science, RM6,500 for Master’s and RM8,000 for a PhD.
Secondly is the Penang Future Foundation (PFF) scholarship programme under the Penang Career Assistance and Talent Centre (Penang CAT). This scholarship is awarded to Malaysians aged 25 or younger to pursue a full-time undergraduate MQA-accredited programme in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Accountancy and Finance studies at local public and private universities.
Prospective students can either be a 'PFF Penang Scholar' or 'PFF Mutiara Scholar', but must be a Penangite or have studied in Penang.
For PFF Penang Scholar, applicants must have a CGPA of at least 3.67 in STPM/Foundation/Matriculation/Diploma/UEC or equivalent, or in their undergraduate studies. The household income must not exceed RM15,000 a month. They will receive a living allowance of RM1,000 per month (paid quarterly) and a tuition fee of up to RM100,000 for the entire duration paid directly to the University.
To be a PFF Mutiara Scholar, applicants must have a CGPA between 3.00 to 3.66 and a household income not exceeding RM5,000 per month. They get a living allowance of RM600 per month (paid quarterly) and a tuition fee of up to RM60,000.
Students must maintain a CGPA of 3.33 and 3.00 respectively to continue being a PFF Penang Scholar and PFF Mutiara Scholar.
The PFF 2018 online application is open from 1 June 2018 to 21 June 2018. Online application can be made at http://penangfuturefoundation.my/online-application/
Lastly, the one-off student registration aid is for students offered a place to study for a diploma or Bachelor’s degree at 20 public universities, 36 polytechnics and 5 private universities in Malaysia, including WOU (a RM1,000 one-off scholarship).
Applications can be made online at http://ibita.penang.gov.my from 1 June to 30 June and from 1 September to 30 September every year. Applicants must have a household income (basic plus allowance) not exceeding RM8,000 and one parent/guardian must be a registered voter in Penang.