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Oman offers several scholarship options for students interested in studying abroad in "brotherly and friendly countries." (The list of approved schools can be found here.) The full scholarships offered cover tuition, living expenses, and travel costs for the students, and partial scholarships cover only tuition and occasionally some of the living costs. With partial scholarships, students’ parents are expected to pay whatever is not covered.
Students who wish to study abroad and do not have any scholarships are still required to consult the Ministry of Higher Education to identify programs and institutions recognized by the Sultanate. They will also need to register with the Ministry of Higher Education through their website. For the 2017-2018 school year, there were 1,643 scholarships granted to students studying abroad, according to the Muscat Daily.
Students can apply for scholarships here. A guide for scholarship requirements and the steps involved in the process can be found here.
The pandemic crisis does not appear to have a major negative impact on student enrollments, regardless of demographic characteristics or institution types. But racial gaps emerge.
The pandemic and conversion by colleges and universities to online instruction appear to have accelerated declines in FAFSA renewals.