Institutions and tertiary programmes covered by PTPTN

Published by Afterschool.my on Apr 11, 2017, 05:45 pm

Before you apply for a PTPTN loan, you need to understand the requirements which have been explained in can I apply for PTPTN.One of the requirements is whether your course or institution is eligible for PTPTN loans, as not all of them are.  Checking the Malaysian Qualification Agency’s official website can be one of the steps to determine your institution’s credibility. Another way can be explained here, if you want to ensure a smooth application process. 


Eligible institutions for PTPTN

The university that you’re studying in must be established in accordance with Section 2 of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation Act 1997 (Act 566)

The PTPTN loan is open to students who are continuing their studies at local higher education institutions (IPTA) and Private Higher Education Institutions (IPTS) only. It is in accordance with Section 2 of the National Higher Education Fund Corporation Act 1997 (Act 566) of higher education institutions established under:

  • Universities and University Colleges Act 1971;
  • Institut Teknologi MARA Act 1976;
  • Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996;
  • Polytechnic schools established and maintained by the Minister under the Education Act 1996; and
  • Any institution of higher education established or deemed to have been established under the Education Act 1996 and has been determined by the Minister as an institution of higher education.

Eligible programmes for PTPTN

PTPTN only covers pre-university courses such as some Foundation programmes and mostly diploma - Image via World Bank Photo Collection

Education Level

Institutions funded by PTPTN

Full-time DiplomaIPTA, Polytechnic and IPTS
Part-time DiplomaIPTA, Polytechnic and IPTS*
Long distance DiplomaIPTA
Advanced DiplomaIPTA and Polytechnic
Full-time First Bachelor’s DegreeIPTA and IPTS
Part-time First Bachelor’s DegreeIPTA and IPTS*
Full-time/Part-time/Long distance Master’s DegreeIPTA
Full-time/Part-time/Long distance PhDIPTA
Full-time/Part-time/Long distance Professional CourseIPTA

*Limited to students in selected private institutions: UNITEM, UNITAR, Wawasan Open University and Asia E University.

Does PTPTN fund Foundation programmes?

PTPTN only funds foundation programmes from these 5 institutions:

  • Multimedia University (MMU)
  • Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN)
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK)
  • UNITAR International University (UNITAR)

Note: PTPTN does not offer education funding to students who attend bridging/ foundation courses at Polytechnics.

Does PTPTN fund other Pre-University programs like A-Levels, IB, AUSMAT?

No, it doesn’t.

Can I apply PTPTN for twinning programmes?

Yes, you can. However, PTPTN only provides financing during your course of study in Malaysia.

I have graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree as PTPTN recipient. Can I apply again for PTPTN if I want to pursue diploma in another field?

No. A second loan will be considered only for students advancing their education to a higher level.

Will the loan cover my first semester studies if I apply for PTPTN during my second semester?

No. The loan duration is based on the semester of your application. If the application was made during your second semester, the loan will be approved from the second semester onwards until completion of study.

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