JD50 million needed for Student Support Fund — MP

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AMMAN — Chairman of the Lower House Education and Youth Committee Talib Al-Sarayrah has called on the government to allocate an additional JD50 million to the Student Support Fund in order to provide financial aid to all students who are eligible for university scholarships and loans, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Sarayrah said on Tuesday that about 89,000 students applied for university grants and loans, 80,000 of whom are eligible to benefit from the fund. However, the fund’s budget allocation is only sufficient to met the needs of about 40,000 students.

A further JD50 million would allow all eligible students to benefit from the fund, he said.
“The previous amount (allocated) is insufficient, and must be increased.”
In November, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research had called for increasing the fund’s allocations in the 2023 budget, Jo24 reported at the time.

Later that month, the ministry said that 33,000 students were expected to be nominated for grants and loans this year, based on “available financial data”.

However, the ministry announced in January that 81,378 students were deemed eligible for grants and loans — a much higher number than expected.

“The previous amount (allocated) is insufficient, and must be increased,” the ministry’s secretary general, Mamoun Al-Debie, had said.

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