Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply for Fulbright’s Inaugural Year?

    Any individual who will be graduating high school before September 2019, or who has graduated high school already but has not received a university degree is eligible to apply towards Fulbright’s Inaugural Year. Individuals from Vietnam and from abroad are eligible to apply. 

  • 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 Inaugural Year?

    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 2019. 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; TOEFL or Vietnamese National Exam scores. 

    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 2018–2019 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. 

  • Is there a fee to apply for financial aid?

    No, there is no fee.

  • What happens after I submit my financial aid application?

    Once we have received your financial aid application, the Fulbright Office of Financial Aid will review it and follow-up with you if we have any additional questions. 

    We may request further information or an in-person interview with you and your family if we require further information or clarification. 

    If you are accepted to Fulbright University Vietnam, you will receive an approximate figure for how much financial aid you will be eligible to receive to help afford your Fulbright education. 

  • 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. 

  • What happens after I submit my financial aid application?

    Once we have received your financial aid application, the Fulbright Office of Financial Aid will review it and follow-up with you if we have any additional questions. 

    We may request further information or an in-person interview with you and your family if we require further information or clarification. 

    If you are accepted to Fulbright University Vietnam, you will receive an approximate figure for how much financial aid you will be eligible to receive to help afford your Fulbright education. 

  • 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. 

  • Am I able to submit a financial aid application after I am accepted at Fulbright?

    You must submit a financial aid application with your Fulbright admissions application.

  • In what circumstances would my financial aid package be adjusted?

    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 documents are required when submitting the financial aid application?

    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.

  • What happens to my financial aid package if I were to 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.

  • Is Fulbright’s financial aid package determined for all four years when first applying?

    If you are accepted to Fulbright and are a recipient of need-based financial aid, you will be given your aid package for all four years. 

    By being informed at the time of acceptance of approximately how much each student and their family would need to pay throughout the student’s entire time at Fulbright, each student and their family will be able to make an informed decision on whether to attend Fulbright.

  • Does Fulbright offer merit-based scholarships?

    No. Fulbright is committed to serving students from across Vietnam and beyond, and across the socioeconomic spectrum. Thus, Fulbright only offers financial aid that is need-based.

  • If I do not require need-based financial aid to attend Fulbright, do I need to submit a financial aid application?

    Yes, all students who apply to Fulbright’s Inaugural Year are required to submit Fulbright’s need-based financial aid application. 

    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.

  • How will I pay for Fulbright’s tuition? How is financial aid award packages taken into account?

    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.

  • Is need-based financial aid awarded based on academic merit?

    No, need-based financial aid is not awarded based on academic merit, but entirely based on a family’s financial need. This means that the Fulbright Office of Financial Aid does not take academic merit or accomplishments into consideration when determining aid packages. 

    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.

  • 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, 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.

Do you have any additional questions?