Who is eligible to apply for Fulbright’s Class of 2024?
Any individual who will be graduating high school before September 2020, or who has graduated high school already but has not received a university degree is eligible to apply towards Fulbright’s Class of 2024. Individuals from Vietnam and from abroad are eligible to apply.
What makes the Priority Cycle special?
We name this Fall Cycle our Priority Cycle for these two reasons:
- First, the number of students we intend to admit from the Priority Cycle will be much higher than those from the Spring Cycle.
- Secondly, students who apply for the Priority Cycle but are not yet admitted will have their application deferred to the Spring Cycle for second consideration. With this design, the students applying during the Priority Cycle will have two opportunities to become Fulbright students. Moreover, these students can update and strengthen their admissions application for us to understand them more.
I am currently a student enrolled at a university. If I am accepted to Fulbright and decide to enroll, will my university credits be transferable?
No, your current university credits will not be transferable to Fulbright. You will be required to complete Fulbright’s four-year undergraduate program and its courses.
I currently am a student studying under an international high school program. Can I apply to Fulbright’s Class of 2024?
Yes, you can apply to Fulbright. Students from various high school education systems can apply to Fulbright, as long as they will be graduating from high school by summer 2020. To ensure there is no confusion when considering applying to Fulbright, please consult our Admissions and Financial Aid Office.
Do I have to take any standardized tests to apply to Fulbright?
Fulbright does not require you to submit any standardized test scores e.g. SAT; IELTS; or TOEFL.
If you would like your test scores to be considered, they will be reviewed alongside the rest of your application. Please note that not submitting any test scores does not negatively affect your application.
What is “Overall GPA”? What is a “GPA scale”?
Your overall GPA is the average of all your class grades at the end of each year, where “GPA” stands for grade point average. You will need to share your overall GPA from grades 10 to the present.
If available, we ask that you also submit your overall GPA for the first semester of the 2019–2020 school year. We understand that not everyone will have this.
If that is the case, you do not need to submit your GPA now, but we may ask you to submit your GPA sometime later during the admissions process.
Your GPA scale is determined by what type of school you go to. For example, most schools in Vietnam use the 10.0-point scale, thus give overall GPAs out of 10.
Some private or international schools use a different scale e.g. 4.0-scale. We ask that you select the appropriate scale for your overall GPA for each year, so we can properly assess your GPA.
Do I need to notarize or translate my transcripts if they are written in Vietnamese?
No. If your transcripts are written in Vietnamese, please submit them as is. If your transcripts are written in any other language other than Vietnamese or English, we do require you to translate it into either language. The translated transcript does not need to be notarized.
Does Fulbright University Vietnam offer a spring intake?
No. Currently, all undergraduate programs start in the fall semester.
Whom do I contact about my disability?
Fulbright is committed to the principle of equitable access for students with disabilities. We encourage you to contact Admissions Office directly to discuss your disability-related needs. Admission officers can be reached at 028 7303 7788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I defer my enrollment?
If you’re admitted to Fulbright, you may defer enrollment for one year. In order to defer enrollment, you will be asked to submit a Deferral Request Form explaining why you want to defer and what you are planning to do. After the Deferral Request Form has been received, the student will be notified in writing regarding the status of their request. If accepted, students will proceed to make a deferral deposit.
Please note that you may not defer enrollment at Fulbright to enroll at another college or university.
Do you have any additional questions?
Financial Aid FAQ
What is financial aid?
Fulbright’s need-based financial aid packages are solely awarded based on a family’s financial circumstances and does not take into account a student’s academic merit.
A Fulbright financial aid package is awarded for both tuition, room and board for the entirety of a student’s studies at Fulbright. If a student is awarded a financial aid package, the amount of financial aid will be directly discounted from a student’s total costs each time a payment is made.
How do financial aid and scholarships differ?
At first glance, financial aid and scholarships look similar: They both provide financial support for students attending university.
Beyond that core function, they differ in how they are awarded: A scholarship typically takes into consideration a student’s academic merit and is not always related to a family’s financial circumstances. Financial aid is only based on a family’s financial circumstances. At Fulbright, financial aid is also provided for students for their entire four years as a student, giving families confidence in what the cost of Fulbright will be each year.
How is financial aid awarded?
Financial aid is awarded based on the information provided in the student’s financial aid application. The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid reviews each application and determines if a family can afford Fulbright’s tuition, room and board. If a family cannot meet that cost, they are awarded financial aid based on their financial circumstances.
All students, whether they receive financial aid or not, can apply for external scholarships, work study and/or take out loans through student loan programs negotiated by Fulbright.
Is everyone able to apply for financial aid?
Fulbright’s financial aid is solely for Vietnamese nationals who have proof of citizenship.
Thus, financial aid is not available for international students who do not have Vietnamese citizenship. We encourage these students to apply for external scholarships or find other sources of funding for their education.
How can I apply for Fulbright’s financial aid program?
All applicants must submit an application here. Beyond filling out the financial aid application in its entirety, your family will be required to submit documentation that helps Fulbright better understand your family’s financial circumstances e.g. pay slips, labor contracts, and bank statements.
For a complete list of these documents, please refer to our online financial aid application. Students will receive their admissions offer and financial aid package result at the same time.
What issues do people typically run into when filling out the financial aid application?
Typical issues we encounter submitted applications are:
- There is not enough time is given towards the application, thus students and families rush to finish the application, and information submitted does not always provide enough information regarding a family’s financial circumstances.
- Instructions are not always explicitly followed as displayed on the application.
- Information is not always input correctly e.g. adding extra or missing 0’s.
- Not all documents are uploaded to understand a family’s financial circumstances.
- Information across documents and application are not always consistent.
Honesty and integrity are important when filling out Fulbright’s financial aid application. If information submitted is inaccurate or incomplete, it will affect a student’s financial aid package. In extreme cases, it may affect a student’s enrollment.
When do I submit the financial aid application?
The financial aid application is opened at the same time with the admissions application, and is due shortly after the admissions deadline. To submit the financial aid application, go here.
Do I need to apply for financial aid every year?
No. Students are only expected to apply for financial aid at the time that they apply to Fulbright. We inform students when they are accepted of approximately how much each student and their family would need to pay throughout the student’s entire time at Fulbright. Based on this information, each student and his or her family will be able to make an informed decision on whether to attend Fulbright.
Fulbright may, on occasion, follow-up with families which applied for financial aid or check-in with students to support in reapplication towards need-based financial aid. All financial aid provided is contingent on the student maintaining a baseline level of academic performance and upholding the Fulbright Code of Conduct.
What happens if my family’s financial circumstances change while enrolled at Fulbright?
If you and your family experience a major change in your financial circumstances once you’re already enrolled at Fulbright and require additional financial aid, please inform us as soon as possible. Examples might include loss of employment, death or disability of a parent, or high medical expenses. The financial aid team will review your appeal and explore whether Fulbright is able to provide more aid.
In a similar vein, we request that families inform us if their financial circumstances substantially improve and are now able to afford more of the Fulbright tuition. This will allow us to revise that student’s financial aid package and to re-allocate the financial aid toward students that need it the most.
What happens if I receive a scholarship? Will this affect my financial aid?
If you receive a scholarship after your financial aid package has been awarded, or anytime while you are attending Fulbright, we ask you to share this with our Financial Aid Office.
Fulbright will assess the impact of the scholarship on your family’s ability to pay for Fulbright, and redetermine your aid package if there is a significant change.
How will I pay for Fulbright’s tuition?
Students will pay for Fulbright bi-annually before each semester begins. For students who receive financial aid, the amount awarded will be deducted from each semester’s costs.
If my family is able to afford Fulbright’s tuition, what do we need to do?
If your family does not require need-based financial aid, we ask that you declare that in writing through the Financial Aid Application form by opting-out. This means your family can pay for your tuition, room and board in full for all four years of your time at Fulbright University Vietnam. You will be required to fill out a short form describing your financial circumstances and a few documents with the online application.
Do my parents need to support me when submitting the financial aid application?
In order to fill out the application in entirety, including uploading any required documents, you must work with your family and we recommend that you give yourself and your family members plenty of time to work on it, and to do the application over a period of time instead of completing it all at once.
Please remember that every VND of financial aid offered to an applicant is one VND of financial aid not offered to another applicant. Our financial aid program can only be successful if applicants are honest and transparent about their financial circumstances.
Is the information submitted for financial aid kept confidential?
All information and documents a family submit to Fulbright is kept confidential and is shared only between the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the family and is not shared with any third-party.
If I do not finish my studies at Fulbright, how will my financial aid be affected?
Fulbright provides financial aid to give as many students as possible the opportunity to attend our university. Thus, if you will not complete your studies at Fulbright, you must inform the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid immediately so we can make the appropriate adjustment on your financial aid package at the appropriate time.
If I defer my admissions offer for one year, will my financial aid package be affected?
Fulbright’s financial aid is distributed to as many students possible, within our limited resources.
Due to this:
- Your admissions offer can be deferred
- Your financial aid package cannot be carried over to the next year, and you will need to reapply for financial aid. It is not guaranteed that the financial aid package you receive upon reapplying will be the same as first awarded and will be based upon your most recent family financial circumstances.
Do I need to repay the financial aid I receive from Fulbright?
No, financial aid is provided to help you and your family afford Fulbright and does not need to be repaid. This is made possible by the generous contributions of philanthropic donors from Vietnam and the United States, who are committed to ensuring that a student’s financial circumstances do not prevent them from pursuing a Fulbright education. Our hope is that students and families who benefit from this financial aid will, in time, pay it forward by supporting the next generation.