Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships

A scholarship is a merit-based offer awarded to newly admitted undergraduate students that do not need to be repaid. A student's academic achievement determines his/her eligibility for the scholarship and the amount to be awarded regardless of his/her financial need. Most awards for undergraduates are made only during the fall session. Undergraduate scholarship beneficiaries are eligible for Al Akhawayn scholarships for a maximum of nine enrolling semesters (or eight semesters plus two summer sessions) including one semester at the Language Center.

Scholarship Types Offered based on 15 credits per semester

  • 100% of tuition (almost 31,500 MAD per semester)
  • 85% of tuition (almost 27,775 MAD per semester)
  • 75% of tuition (almost 23,625 MAD per semester)
  • 50% of tuition (almost 15,750 MAD per semester)
  • 40% of tuition (almost 12,600 MAD per semester)
  • 30% of tuition (almost   9,450 MAD per semester)
  • 20% of tuition (almost   6,300 MAD per semester)
  • 15% of tuition (almost   4,725 MAD per semester)

AUI scholarships are predicated on the following conditions:

Scholarship Conditions

  • Scholarships are granted for specific programs but following the student's desire and his/her request to change the major and after obtaining the approval of the releasing school and the receiving school, they may be transferable to other programs outside the school to which the scholarship recipient was initially accepted with no risk of the scholarship termination.
  • As part of their scholarship package, full scholarship holders are required to perform unpaid part-time jobs (five hours per week for 80 hours per semester) on the Al Akhawayn campus. 
  • Scholarship holders can apply for the Exchange Program for one semester only (or for one year when required by the school program), taking a minimum of 15 transferable credits. However, if the student takes fewer than the recommended full-time load, they should be aware of the risk of needing more than nine semesters, in which case they will have to pay for additional courses beyond the ninth semester.
  • Students are allowed to use their scholarships during summer sessions as long as they are in good academic standing and do not exceed the total budget committed for the scholarship period.

Applying for Scholarships

Undergraduate scholarships are offered to Moroccan students only.

Students can apply for a scholarship by completing the online scholarship Application form before the established deadline. Highly qualified applicants, admitted to the University and meeting the scholarship selection criteria stated below, may also be invited for a scholarship interview prior to a final decision. After a rigorous selection by the Al Akhawayn scholarship committee, successful candidates are offered merit-based scholarships. 

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduates (Bachelor’s Candidates)

  • A Moroccan baccalaureate or equivalent with a minimum "mention Bien" (15/20) 
                    or a grade of 14/20 or above for a French baccalaureate
                    or an American baccalaureate with an SGPA of at least 3.50/4.00
                    or a Middle Eastern Baccalaureate with 90% or better 
                    or a Spanish Baccalaureate of 8/10 (16/20) or better 
                    or an Italian Baccalaureate with at least 26/30.
  • Participation in any Extra curriculum Activities or Organizations (like student Government, publications, arts, music, clubs, sports.......),
  • Participation in Community Services/ Volunteer Works, and Leadership Activities outside High School (Environment protection, conservation, charity......)
  • Awards or special recognition and certificates received
  • A superior rating at the Scholarship Interview wherever applicable.
  • A combination of these elements is used to rank undergraduate scholarship applicants and determine the type of scholarship they will be awarded. Students offered a scholarship should confirm their acceptance of the award and of its renewal policy by paying a scholarship deposit before the set deadline stated on the scholarship message. 

N.B: High School Diploma must be recently obtained. The scholarship offer may also be extended to one previous Bac year (not necessarily only the first year who are eligible to apply for a scholarship).

Scholarship Renewal Policy for Undergraduates (Bachelor’s Candidates)

Undergraduate scholarship beneficiaries are eligible for Al Akhawayn scholarships for a maximum of nine enrolling semesters (or eight semesters plus two summer sessions), including one semester at the Language Center. The continuation of the scholarship depends on the student demonstrating excellence and successful progress toward the student's studies, as evidenced by maintaining a Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) of at least 3.00. If the SGPA falls between 2.50 and 2.99, the student will be placed on scholarship probation. If the student fails to return to the required standing, reduction or suspension of the scholarship will apply. If the student obtains a SGPA below 1.50 or obtains "W" or "WP" or "WF" or "F" in all courses at the end of any semester, s/he will be automatically placed on scholarship suspension for the following semester as described in the table below:

SGPA ≥ 3.0 Good standing. Maintain scholarship for the following semester. 
1rst semester: SGPA between 2.5 and 2.99  1st probation with a conditional scholarship for the following semester. 
2nd semester (after the 1rst scholarship probation): SGPA below 3.00 2nd probation (either consecutive or cumulative). 50% scholarship reduction for the following semester. 
3rd semester after the 2nd scholarship probation): SGPA below 3.00  3rd probation either consecutive or cumulative. Scholarship suspension for the following semester.
1rst semester: SGPA between 1.50 and 2.49 1st unsatisfactory standing with 50% scholarship reduction for the following semester.
2nd semester (after the 1rst unsatisfactory scholarship standing): SGPA below 3.00  2nd unsatisfactory standing (either consecutive or cumulative). Scholarship suspension for the following semester.
At the end of any semester: SGPA below 1.50 Scholarship Suspension for the following semester.
At the end of any semester: SGPA with "W", "F", "WP" or "WF" in all courses.  Scholarship Suspension for the following semester.

Undergraduate scholarship students with an SGPA between 2.90 and 2.99 may write an appeal for the scholarship committee. If the appeal is rejected, the probationary status will apply. If the appeal is accepted, the student is required to return to normal standing (SGPA of 3.0 or above) for the following semester. Otherwise, they will be placed on scholarship probation without the possibility to write an appeal.

Appealing to be removed from scholarship probation is applied only to scholarship holders who are placed on first-time scholarship probation. The appeal can be made only once during their undergraduate studies. To consider the appeal, their school's recommendation, parents' financial situation, and student's involvement in social work or other university activities will be taken into consideration.

Decisions regarding reduction or suspension based on the spring academic results are applied to the following summer and fall; however, summer session results are not taken into account either for probation, suspension, or reinstatement.

Continuing students on scholarship withdrawing from AUI will definitely lose their scholarship package if ever they decide to return to AUI.

Scholarship recipients guilty of improper conduct or noncompliance with AUI regulations are placed on scholarship suspension or cancellation.

Students placed on scholarship suspension for many semesters will be placed on scholarship hold so that their scholarship package will be reviewed in case of their scholarship reinstatement.

Undergraduate students enrolled in Language Center courses with or without regular courses in their first semester at Al Akhawayn University are allowed to use their scholarship package regardless of their TOEFL score. However, they should be aware that they should not exceed their scholarship period of using their scholarship for 9 semesters only without summer or 8 semesters plus 2 summers. Moreover, they have the possibility to apply for their scholarship extension for an additional semester if ever they cannot graduate by the end of the 9th semester. This extension is subject to the student's academic performance as well as on the scholarship committee's approval.

The scholarship renewal policy adopted by Al Akhawayn is also applicable to students on exchange at the end of their exchange program semester. Passing grades are determined in the Transfer Grades Chart available at the Office of the Registrar and communicated by the Office of International Programs to students when applying to partner universities.

Excellence Awards for Continuing Deserving Students

In order to encourage sustainable excellence, the University offers some scholarships as Excellence Awards to its continuing students in recognition of their academic excellence. These scholarships are offered to undergraduate continuing deserving students with excellent academic profiles based on their high CGPA, the number of credits earned and the availability of funds. They are granted in form of full and partial tuition waivers. However, they do not cover any course the beneficiary may drop during the semester of the offer.

In order to be eligible to apply for such award, applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Must be an undergraduate degree-seeking student;
- Must have completed at least 30 credits at Al Akhawayn University;
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or better;
- Must have never been placed on academic or disciplinary probation;
- Must be a non-full tuition scholarship holder. 
- Must have earned at least 15 credits or completed 5 courses at AUI during the last semester prior to the time of their application.

At the beginning of each semester, highly qualified students eligible for this Excellence Award meeting the criteria stated above will be automatically generated from the system. Therefore, students do not need to complete any form and to submit it to the Financial Aid Office.