Scholarships to ease burden on disadvantaged students hinh anh 1At Hong Bang International University (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNS/VNA) - Many universities in Ho Chi Minh City plan to provide scholarships to students whose families’ livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or who live in the Mekong Delta and are affected by drought and saltwater intrusion.

The Open University has announced that it will give scholarships of 2 million VND (85 USD) to students if one of their parents lost a job or their family faces difficulties in selling agricultural produce.

There are 3,000 scholarships on offer, and priority will be given to the worst affected by drought and saltwater in the delta.

Students can find and submit application forms online at until May 5. The scholarships will cover the second semester.

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, head of the students affairs division at the university, said: “We are all facing severe a crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The university wants to share the difficulties faced by disadvantaged students.” 

The HCM City University of Law will dip into its fund for supporting students to award scholarships to disadvantaged students.

FPT University has drawn more than 80 billion VND (3.4 million USD) from its development and investment fund to offer a 20 percent reduction in tuition fees to all students from May to August.

Students of its joint training programmes will get a 10 percent reduction in fees.  

In case a student’s family turns down the offer, the money will be donated to the National Fund for Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

The Vietnam National University-HCM City (VNU-HCM)’s University of Information Technology has created a scholarship fund for students whose families have been affected by the pandemic. Students requiring assistance can fill an application at

The university will reduce second semester fees by 7 percent for all regular students and also defer the deadline for payment for those facing financial difficulties.

VNU-HCM’s other member universities will reduce their fees by 10 percent.

Hong Bang International University will reduce second semester fees by 20 percent for all students.

Van Lang University will reduce second semester fees by 20 percent for online lessons and 10 percent for students attending classes.

For the moment all universities remain closed and lecturers are providing compulsory online lessons.

Many such as the Industrial University of HCM City, University of Economics and Finance and Banking University are closed until the end of this month./.