Owais urges public universities to grant students financial aid

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An undated photo of students at the University of Jordan. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Wajih Owais on Sunday urged the heads of public universities to give grants and loans to students who applied for them, in order for them to be able to register for the second semester of the 2021–2022 academic year.اضافة اعلان

He also urged them to exempt students from paying a penalty fee for not having paid the tuition on time and to allow students who were forced to postpone starting the second semester for the same reason to start with the rest of the students, according to ministry spokesman Mohannad Al-Khatib.

Khatib told Jordan News that the ministry move is a result of Royal directives, which asked that all students be allowed to benefit from internal grants and loans to enable them to continue studying in the current academic year.

According to Khatib, the ministry was to announce the names of those benefiting from the grants and loans yesterday evening, via text messages to students and on the ministry website.

Owais told Jordan News that about 74,000 students applied to the ministry to benefit from grants and loans, and that "the ministry has so far helped more than 45,000 students”, while “more than 27,000 students remain in need of assistance".

He added that about JD30 million was allocated to support the students, “and we must thank His Majesty King Abdullah for this noble honor and the wonderful gesture”.

Director of the Admission and Registration Unit at the University of Jordan Ashraf Adwan told Jordan News that the university will immediately implement the minister’s instructions, as the university “cares about the interests of students and tries to help them as much as possible, especially in light of the difficult economic conditions".

Yarmouk University’s department of public relations and media director Nawzat Abul Asal said that according to the president of Yarmouk University, Islam Massad, the university's Dean Council decided on Monday to comply with the minister’s directives.

In implementation of the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh had instructed Owais to grant the some 27,000 students who are still in need of assistance the grants and loans they had applied for.

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