Financial Aids & Scholarships
USP offers scholarships and financial assistance to students with the aim of rewarding high academic achievers and providing opportunities for deserving students who may be facing financial hardship. USP also administers scholarships and financial assistance on behalf other organisations.
USP funded scholarships
USP offers a limited number of scholarships for full-time studies undertaken at Laucala (Fiji), Emalus (Vanuatu) or Alafua (Samoa) campuses. These scholarships are available at different levels:
- Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) awards
- Bai ni Ose scholarship
- Regional Disability scholarship
- Pacific Scholarship for Excellence in Research & Innovation (PSERI)
Other scholarships managed by USP
USP also administers and manages a limited number of scholarships funded by other organisations and donors:
- Westpac scholarship
- Shrikisun Balgovind scholarship
- Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship fund [SYLFF]
- Pacific Regional Sports Research scholarship
Note: for more information on the postgraduate scholarships, please contact the Research Student Coordinator, USP Research office.
USP Student Bursary scheme
USP has a Student Bursary scheme that provides financial assistance to private students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels who face financial hardship. The award covers a percentage of the awardee’s tuition fees for a semester.
Regional Government Scholarships
Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Award
In our commitment to promoting and rewarding merit-based academic excellence from the region, the University offers the Pacific Academic Excellence (PAE) Award to students from member countries Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshalls Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to pursue studies at either of the University’s main campuses; Laucala (Fiji), Emalus (Vanuatu) or Alafua (Samoa). The award covers USP Undergraduate studies for 3 years (3 years programme) and 4 years (for 4 years programme).
There are 15 award categories ;
- 1 each for the Highest achiever in the Year-13 National Exam from each of the 12 member countries (12 Awards)
- 1 each for the student with the highest GPA in the 3 streams of USP Augmented Foundation Studies and the School Based Foundation studies, Arts, Commerce and Science (3 awards)
The PAE covers the following;
- Return Airfare (Regional Candidate), Economy Class to campus of study at the beginning of the year and return at the end of the year or unless terminated earlier.
- Monthly living allowance of FJD 1000.00 from February to November unless early exit.
- Book allowance of FJD 500 per semester, payable to the USP Book Centre
- Accommodation cost up to FJD 1200.00 per semester, payable to the USP Halls of Residence.
- Tuition cost, payable to USP
- Ancillary Fees (General Service Fee, Health Fee)
Candidates must be a citizen and current year-13 student at any USP member country and attempt the Year-13 National Exam or its equivalence on the same year to be considered for the following year.
For USP Foundation students, they must be enrolled into any of the Foundation Streams and complete 8 courses in the same year before being considered.
Candidates are selected in January of every year.
The University Scholarship Officer will liaise with each member country’s Ministry of Education (MOE) or National Examination Board to identify the highest aggregate achiever and then finalize selection. Once a candidate is confirmed, USP or the MOE will contact the candidate to make the offer.