Merit-based Tuition Assistance

Who can apply for the Merit-based Tuition Assistance

All students are eligible.

How can I apply for the Merit-based Tuition Assistance?

Students can apply for the Merit-based tuition assistance by ONE of the following methods:

A. Submit your standardized exam scores – SAT, GMAT/GRE

B. Submit a scholarship essay (no SAT, GMAT/GRE required)

Once you have chosen a method, just follow these steps:

  1. Take the SAT/GMAT/GRE exam OR write your tuition assistance essay
  2. Complete your BAU online application at
  3. Select “Merit-based tuition assistance” in the online application form and upload a digital copy of your exam score sheet or signed and dated essay in the upload documents section

If you take the SAT, you can also enter the CEEB Code 7814 and your SAT scores will be automatically mailed to us.

A. Standardized Exam Scores – SAT, GMAT/GRE

Standardized Exam Scores are not required for admissions at BAU. However, students who wish to apply for tuition assistance can submit the SAT/ACT at the undergraduate level and GMAT/GRE at the graduate level.

The tuition assistance amount will be determined based on the cumulative application: Exam scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, essay, and extracurricular activities. 


How Can I Find an SAT Test Center?

  1. Go to
  2. Select your preferred test date
  3. Select your country
  4. Choose a test prep center that is best for you

How Can I Find a GMAT Test Center?

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your city, country
  3. Choose the test prep center that is best for you

B. Scholarship Essay (No SAT, GMAT/GRE required)

Students who wish to apply for a merit-based tuition assistance with an essay are required to submit both the personal essay AND the scholarship essay.

The tuition assistance amount will be determined based on the quality of your responses and the cumulative application: Exam scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, essay, and extracurricular activities. 

Scholarship Essay Prompt

Instructions: Choose 1 of the following prompts. The scholarship essay should be between 500-750 words, 12 pt font, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and double spaced (2.0).

NOTE: If plagiarism, AI writing assistance, or any willful dishonesty is found in the application, it will automatically be rejected. 

  1. BAU is looking for global citizens who want to have a lasting impact not only on their own communities, but the global community as well. How will you practice Global Citizenship at BAU and in the local community? How will you continue to be a Global Citizen in your country and community after completing your education at BAU?  What difference do you want to make in the world?
  2. Throughout your studies, you may come across many trials and tribulations in your life. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure in your life. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?  How will those lessons contribute to your growth in your studies and career?
  3. Explain why you would like to receive tuition assistance, and how you qualify for tuition assistance.

The Scholarship Committee comprised of the administrative and academic team meets regularly to review all the submitted essays and award tuition assistance.

*More questions? Contact your academic advisor or email [email protected]

Online Application Form

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Complete this form and a BAU Admission Advisor will contact you and provide further assistance.

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