IGNOU Scholarship and Loan facilities for Differently-abled Students


The motto of Indira Gandhi National Open University is “The People’s University”. Since the university is handled by the central government the chancellor of the university is the president of our country “Mr.Ram Nath Kovind” and “Ravindra Kumar” serves as the vice chancellor of the university. To improve the level of education and improvise people’s understanding of things in our country it is very necessary that every individual is educated.

IGNOU Scholarship for Differently-abled Students

Students who are studying in Indira Gandhi National Open University and have disabilities can now opt for scholarship options provided by IGNOU. If you want to pursue a degree of professional course at a post-graduate level from IGNOU then you can apply for a scholarship. Under this scheme, a student with visual or hearing disability is also provided one time facility of aids and appliances. This scholarship scheme is being implemented from the current academic year and includes total fee reimbursement, books, stationery allowance and maintenance allowance. This scholarship scheme is also applicable to distance education universities like IGNOU.

Scholarships are provided under two screens called trust fund and national fund.

If you are wondering why you cannot find information about IGNOU scholarship forms on the IGNOU official website that its because the IGNOU scholarship and loan options are provided under the NHFDC, are commonly known as national handicapped finance and development corporation.

Trust Fund

The number of scholarships under the trust fund scheme for scholarships for students with disabilities is 1000. the awarded amount is rupees 50,000 under the scheme for the students with a disability who want to pursue a degree or a professional level course from any recognised University.

Reservation for girls is 30% only. You can apply for the scholarship only if the income of your parents or guardians from all the sources is equal to or less than 3 lacs per annum. If the yearly income of your parents or garden is more than this you will not be eligible for the scholarship.

The applications are available throughout the year on NHFDC website.

Also Check:- IGNOU Scholarship for SC, ST & OBC

National Fund

Under the national fund scheme for scholarships for students with disabilities provides a total of 200 scholarship of rupees 12000 for the students who want to pursue higher education or professional courses.

50% of the scholarships are reserved for girl students. also you can apply for this scholarship only if your parents’ income is less than or equal to 1.8 in lacs per annum.

IGNOU Scholarship for Different-abled persons under Trust Fund

2500 scholarships for differently-abled students @ NHFDC
Scholarship sponsored by: National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation
Category: Trust Fund
Number of scholarships: 2500
For whom: Students covered under Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights
and Full Participation) Act, 1995 and the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral
Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999.
Note: 30% reserved for girls transferable to male candidates in case of non availability of girl
Course of study: Degree and Post Graduate level professional and technical courses from recognized
institutions in India.
– should be an Indian
– Monthly income of the beneficiary/ parent should be Rs. 25, 000 (Rs. 3 Lakh p.a) or less from all
Amount for maintenance:
Professional Graduate Courses: Rs. 2500 p.m (for 10 months)
Professional PG Courses: Rs. 3000 p.m
Amount for Books & stationery:
Professional Graduate Courses: Rs. 6,000 p.a
Professional PG Courses: Rs. 10,000 p.a
Visual and hearing differently-abled students will be financed for purchase of aids and appliances (once
during lifetime).

How to Apply Online for National Scholarship for Different-Abled students?

Full procedure to apply online 

  1. Go to the official website of NHFDC to Apply online or click on the link mentioned below to redirect you to apply online page
  2. Read the procedure and click on apply.
  3. Upload your Documents.
  4. Take the printout of the online application form and send it
    along with requisite documents countersigned and duly recommended by the Head of Institution to
    National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation, Red Cross Bhawan, Sector-12, Faridabad-
Rate of Scholarship and other benefits under the scheme:
4.1 The following benefits will be available under the scheme:-
(i) Non-refundable fees shall be fully awarded in case of Government/Government-aided institution. In case of private Institutes the reimbursement would be restricted to similar courses in Government/Government-aided institutions.
(ii) Maintenance allowance will be paid to the students for a period of 10 months only in one academic year at following rates.
Class/Course Maintenance allowance
(Rs. per month)
Book/Stationery allowance
(Rs. Per annum)
Professional Graduate Courses 2500/- 6000/-
Professional Post-Graduate courses 3000/- 10000/-

Loan facilities for Different-abled students of IGNOU

You can’t apply for Loan online. But you can apply for common Application Form (For Loan for Education / Training to Disabled Persons). Students covered under Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunity, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 can apply for their education loan with a minimal interest of 4% per annum. 

Steps to apply

  1. Click Here to visit NHFDC website to apply for Education Loan
  2. You need to take print out of the application form
    click here to download application form
  3. Fill the application form.
  4. Send the application form with required documents to the channelizing agency of your state under NHDFC

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